Okay, I figure this is the easiest way to get back into blogging. Going back to my daily things I do theme.
Every Tuesday I work. It’s either a 0700 – 1500 shift, a 1500 – 2300 shift or the night shift, 2300 – 0800 the next day. It all depends on how my schedule for the week falls.
If I work the day shift on a Tuesday, that means Wednesday is going to be a 23 hour shift. If I work the night shift on Tuesday, it means I worked a 23 hour shift on Monday. If I’m working the swing shift, it means I have a 23 hour shift on the upcoming Friday.
Tuesdays aren’t bad. The only exceptional thing that happens on Tuesday that sets it apart from, oh, a Thursday, is the fact that we normally have teleconferences with Denver in the morning.
The best thing about working the night shift this winter has been the aurora watch. Sure, it was dark all the time, but we generally saw auroras during night time hours. Every now and then during the shift, if the aurora oval showed potential on the spaceweather.com site, I’d put the spoon into the intercom system and duck out the back door to check for auroras. Thankfully the firehouse family is pretty big into photography for the most part, and we’d all share tripods and Jeff’s intervalometer (affectionately known as the velociraptor) to try to get some good shots. Despite the light from town, most of us managed to get a few decent shots of the southern lights, the Milky Way, shooting stars and the occasional iridium flare.