Wednesday, December 22, 2004
The wonderful thing about being on standby is that there's nothing to do but wait. So when I reach camp, I take over equipment, perform routine duties, then I'm free to play games, sleep, read, and chat with my teammates.
The awful thing about being on standby is that I have to be in camp. I've missed so many outings with friends and family. A friend of mine wondered why I was absent from so many class outings. She thought I was purposely absenting myself. I can only shake my head and sigh.
Despite it being the festive season, I feel no cheer whatsoever. I feel drained and I cannot summon the energy to do anything. I snap at people for the smallest things (so it's a blessing actually that I can't make it for the outings, haha).
Of course, I'm not the only person who sacrifices weekends for work. Bus drivers, shop assistants, and many other people work weekends and public holidays. The difference between me and them is, they get overtime pay and I don't. Not that money can make up for the lost time, but at least it soothes the pain.
Still, for what it's worth, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone.
Saturday, December 11, 2004
2nd day of leave. Thursday. Woke up shouting to a really bad dream. Switched on the computer and lo! Half Life 2 downloading completed (I bought it online)! Started it up, played it for only 10 minutes, and suddenly my phone rang.
"Ops room here. Get back to camp right away. You've been activated."
And there goes my super-duper-ultra-uber long weekend.
So it was back on Thursday, back on Friday, back today and for at least the rest of the month, as they heighten security and raise alertness for the festive season. Therefore apologies for missing the JC class outing today, and apologies to the dozens of people who I've meant to ask out but whom I can't ask out now.
If I ever catch meself a terrorist, unlikely as that may be, I'm gonna clobber him into the ground. Literally. *grumble*
By the way, Happy Birthday, Windz!! Finally you're the same age as the rest of us, sure took you long ;-)
Sheares Hall Acers