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  •  We got time & a half today (8+ / 0-)

    which makes working the holiday much more pleasant.

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 09:57:34 PM PDT

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    •  I worked 24 hours one Xmas eve and Xmas.... (5+ / 0-)

      ...and it was one of the most rewarding holidays ever.

      Of course, I'm not Christian and there's an explanation.

      I worked in radio, and since I didn't celebrate the holiday, I offered to work extra shifts so that my colleagues who did celebrate the holiday could be with their families.

      We had a talk station in Pittsburgh, and sent the engineers out to pre-record 55 minute performances of church choirs, which we played from Xmas eve through the holiday.  We didn't take phone calls. The rest of each hour was station ID's, weather, and a continuous loop of Vivaldi.

      I worked the 4-to-midnight shift on Xmas eve, playing the pre-recorded tapes....but had to leave a half hour early, because I had another engagement. You see, my colleague and good friend Mike Plaskett mentioned that several illnesses had left a few holes in the church choice at St Bernard's Catholic Church in Mt Lebanon. He knew that I knew and loved Christmas music and much of their service was material I could already do. I spoke with Dr. Munkachy, their choir director, and volunteered.

      I went directly from the radio station to the church, sang in the choir of Midnight Mass, which was both wonderful and inspiring. Then went home to get some sleep.

      After a few hours of sleep, I went back to work and did a double shift, spinning tapes and doing the occasional station ID. A colleague of mine who was my girlfriend at the time came in with some food and cookies and we chatted and listened to the music.

      Oh yeah, I made a ton of overtime, but that really didn't matter. I probably would have done it for nothing.

      Every single year of my working life in broadcasting, I volunteered to work Christmas and Easter. It was the least I could do for my colleagues and friends.

      Sweet land of liberty.

      •  Mt Lebanon? Is that Pittsburgh? (0+ / 0-)

        It sounds like the suburb my husband grew up in.

        Cats are better than therapy, and I'm a therapist.

        by Smoh on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 06:31:19 AM PDT

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