Oh! how they pound, raising the sound …

Tonight seems to be Dire Straits night. I have no complaints about that. It was inspired by the fact that last night one of the songs played was “Beverly Hillbillies” by “Weird Al” Yankovic on his UHF soundtrack. We all were taken back to the days of “Money For Nothin'” and decided that tonight we would bring in the Brothers in Arms CD and anything else from Mark Knopfler.

OK. Maybe it’s not completely Dire Straits. I just heard a Tom Jones song. Which made me start thinking about the Duck Dodgers TV show. He did the theme from it in the style of his theme from Thunderball. Did anyone else watch that show? I loved it! Closest thing that we’ve had to a classic Looney Tunes show since the end of Animaniacs. Plus, they did a Green Lantern episode. GL is not as cool as The Flash, but he’ll do.

… and now we’ve hit Credence Clearwater Revival. It is officially a hodge-podge night. Had I known this, I would have brought in some Alan Parsons Project.

And now, because life has caused me to completely miss sending Christmas cards this year, here is a little something for all of you!

Anything else? Probably, but I am really tired and my brain is not firing on all cylinders.


4 responses to “Oh! how they pound, raising the sound …

  1. When you mention being really tired, which you have a few times lately, I wonder if the Fermilab shift schedule is unhealthy for people, or at least people past a certain age. Does it ever get better? That is, once you’ve been there long enough, will they give you a schedule that’s less brutal?

    • Well, I am pretty sure that my current exhaustion is exascerbated by the fact that my body is recovering from a root canal and fighting any lingering remnants of an infection. But to answer your question:

      yes, a rotating shift is bad for people who work them. Multiple studies have been done and one never truly gets used to it. In fact, the older you get, the less used to it you become. People who work this job for a while simply accept the fact that they will be very tired.
      as long as I am an accelerator operator, I will work a rotating shift
      this category includes my current classification as well as the next two higher ones in this division
      the only ways to stop doing the rotation are to: hope to eventually be promoted to specialist. This can take over a decade and is dependant upon vacancies which rarely occurtransfer out of the department into a position with an easier schedule. This is pretty common. A well-trained operator is in high demand throughout the lab since they are the swiss army knife of employees.leave Fermilab altogether for a job with an easier schedule. This is the most common tactic since a good review from here is pretty valuable and it is pretty easy to find a decent job with this one under your belt.
      I am hoping to become the training specialist someday, in which case I would be finished with the rotating schedule. It means not only do I need to become good at everthing, but also show that I know how to teach. I have plans on how to achieve all of the above including improvements to our current system. But my plans and hopes are flexible. We shall see what happens.

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