Jamming in a band, and working shifts. Grrrr

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  1. SurfsUp

    SurfsUp Senior Stratmaster

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    Anyone else work shifts? They suck.

    I do week about days/afternoons/nights 8hrs a day.

    6:30am-2:30pm
    2:30pm-10:30pm
    10:30pm-6:30am

    while I can't complain too much, as it's my career, and not just a 'job" it does make weekends "tight" and well, go by rather fast.
    The weeks I'm on afternoons, well.....can't be doing anything in the evenings. Nights, maybe but limited and TBH I'm a grizzly bear and lazy AF lol......

    Days come round every 3 weeks and that's my week of normalcy, and then everyone wants a piece of me. And, I them. Light the Q! Snap a beer! Jump in the pool. And as fast as it came, it's gone again. Hermit lifestyle again.

    Anyway, just venting as I've a good chance of getting together with a couple of like minded dudes but it's hard to commit to weekly practice, rehersals, ect....I can't say "Right, each Tuesday from 7-9ish" as it's not feasable.

    I just wanna win the lotto and retire, lol......

    Anyone else in the same boat? I can't be the only one.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    When I was in my 20s, three shifts turn and turn about. The money was great, but the hours killed me (almost literally, I was very lucky). In the end they just couldn't pay me enough to screw my life up. I never worked shifts again.
     
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    Been in exactly the same situation as you my friend. It sucks.
     
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    I would not have the stamina for that. I need a regular routine.
     
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    I did that when I was young too, and it was really hard. Easiest thing I could do was to just not play, but I couldn't do that. Good luck with it, I hope you get through this time in your work life quickly.

    rct
     
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    Didn't do shifts but lots of evenings and weekends. Couldn't play in a band for 25 years. Did home recording to (sorta) make up for it. Don't miss that rabbit hole. Back in a pub band now that I'm retired.
     
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    They stuck me on a 5x8 second shift. It sucks, I'm quitting the end of October.
     
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    That sucks! So glad for my 8:00-4:30 Monday through Friday. And I’ve been working from home since March 2020. Couldn’t imagine working different shifts.
     
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    I would never work shifts.

    When I quit playing full time and got a day job, as soon as I could,I went second shift. I'm a night person anyway, that was the schedule I'd been on for decades, and the work load was lighter. I liked it. But they needed people to go 3rd shift and offered more money. No way. I don't want to be driving home when the sun is coming up, just a creepy feeling. Went back to days and I am still not used to it, never will be, but with a kid and school and all that, I got to get up anyway.

    Shift work, you are always on jet lag, always trying to adjust. It is a way to staff 3rd shift without paying them more, but I suspect they lose a lot more in the fact that people are always dragging and not as productive, any time. I just think it is not a great idea for most people. Certainly not for me.
     
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    I don't do shifts, but I work a rotating 2 on, 2 off, and every other weekend 7am to 7pm shift, so that limits my playing schedule. The days I'm off during the week, everybody else is working, so that's out.
     
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    I did the night shift for 10 year. It's a good way to lose all you friends.
     
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    Well I'm glad I'm not the only one, lol.......here I go again. It's Sunday AM, but I need to start tonight at 10:30pm. So, eventually, after dinner I'll try to get a nap in. Good news is I'm off next Friday and weekend, not going back in until Monday afternoon now and I'm camping that weekend. Should be fun.

    Gahhhhhh
     
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    I’m 59. Semi retiring in a few weeks. Gonna work 20-24 hours a week Can’t wait! Got the band back together and we are getting up to speed I’ll be off all weekends and every Wednesday. Days that I work I’ll be done at 1:30. This is my time!
     
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    A guitar player friend of mine asked me to ride out to a packing plant with him while he applied for a job. (I had a steady band gig) When he applying he said "why don't you apply to see what you can get". So I did even though I didn't want to work there. Due to my electronic experience I got the job of computer scale tech.

    He got a beef lugger job.

    Within two weeks he quit.

    I was working swing shifts but the money was good. However the swings kept me from gigging. Then I found out later that he took the lead guitar job with the band I was in and here I was stuck at a stinking packing plant. A standing there scratching my head WTF moment.

    Later I tested for a sup job and was promised I would get it so I would no longer need to work shifts. After a couple of months I asked when am I going to get that sup job? They said as soon as the new addition is in operation. I asked how long that would be and they said in a year or so.

    I quit and went back to gigging.

    Swing shifts suck.
     
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    Congrats man!!! I'm 48 and while I've a few years to go I simply cannot wait to push that 'retirement' button!!!

    Enjoy!
     
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    I did shift work when I was younger. Even as a young man, it tore me up physically.
    I never say never, but shiz would have to be pretty dire for me to do that again.
     
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    10p to 630a for 12 years. I still can't sleep right.
     
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    I worked for a very large soft drink maker (Many many moons ago).

    My "shift" was 7pm to 7:30am. Monday through Saturday.
    Non stop.
    I literally had just enough time in a day to go home, eat breakfast, take a shower and sleep for 6 hours.
    Then back to work.

    Oh the money? Well it was pretty fantastic, or it would have been, if the government didn't take most of it.
    At the time, I was single with no dependents. The IRS was not kind to me.
    There was a mathematical point during my work week, that after taxes, my overtime pay was less than my hourly rate.
    So I was literally working, for uncle sam.
    And the overtime was not voluntary.
    It was.... what's that word I hate?.... oh yeah... mandatory.
     
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  20. BluesForDan

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    I used to work for a bottle making plant, 2 liter plastic mold injection, noisy as hell. 12 hour shifts two on, two off. You were allowed to work a third day but had to take the 4th day off. 7 PM to 7AM. The hardcore would drink beer after work, uh ... no thanks. I worked this for 2 summers, saved for school and an apartment, pizza delivery job nights while at school. Lost the tip of my left middle finger in a box folding machine that almost took all my fingers at the palm but for my fast reflexes.