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on_thecouch 33.3 - How was your day?

My days don't run the same as everyone else's. I generally work overnight shifts at SAJ Wayside House - a shelter/drop in facility for runaways. We specialize in mutant kids, but I'm not going to turn away some kid who needs the help. Who needs the bed. Who needs the food. We're here to help.

So I work all through the night... can't say 'while the rest of the city is sleeping' because NYC never sleeps, but you know what I mean. It's supposed to be the quiet time of the day, and sometimes around here, it is. Low counts on people staying, or people crashing hard and sleeping. More then half my shift, I could see or talk to none of our drop ins. Or those with insomnia who don't trust sleep, we'll hang out and watch television or whatever in a quieter, respectful manner for those trying to catch some shut eye.

It doesn't always go so quietly, or so smoothly. Especially once the sun rises, and everyone is up and getting ready for their day.

This morning? Early morning? Was one of those days.

I can't go into details, I really can't. Confidentiality, and I will protect the privacy of those street teens like you wouldn't believe. But I can say this: It was tough, and a bit stressful, and by the time the next staff come on shift to relieve me, I could barely get myself out of there fast enough. Horrible to say, maybe, but I needed a break. It wears you down.

Don't get me wrong. I love my job. But it's not always the easiest one and I'm not going to pretend it is.

And so I went home and crashed for the rest of the day. And then I woke up, watched some television while I ran on the treadmill, showered, ate, and now I'm about to go back to work for the night.

Is it the same day? A new one because I slept and woke up, even though it's all the same date?

Whatever it is, here's hoping it goes more smoothly tonight. Today. You know.


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 11th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
Have I mentioned lately that you're amazing?
Jan. 11th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
I think it's been a day or two, but yep.

John will have fun wading through incident reports on Monday.
Jan. 11th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
Well. You're amazing. We couldn't breathe if not for you. Remind me to pay you more.

Ugh. Well. Better him than me.
Jan. 11th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
I would not say no to that.

He doesn't really strike me as a paperwork guy, but I guess what needs to be done needs to be done.
Jan. 11th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
He's really NOT a paperwork guy, no. Really that's more my job, but I'm not in on Mondays, I'm at the health centre. He'll manage, he always does.

I do hope you actually get out for FUN sometimes.
Jan. 12th, 2009 06:24 am (UTC)
He does good.

Sure I do! I don't work everyday, and only every second weekend. I do get a couple days off a week. I hold my boxing classes on Mondays. I date... the good thing about not working until 11pm is that I can still go out for dinners and movies with girls. And it's a great excuse if things aren't going well. "Sorry, gotta go get ready for work." Even if it's, like, 8pm. And if it's good, I'll go right up 'till my shift starts. Foolproof!
Jan. 12th, 2009 08:02 am (UTC)
He's something else.

Oh, boxing. So manly.
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Hey man

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