I work the nightshift regularly at the moment. I sit at a desk typing things into a computer, answer the phone and the radio, and generally work alone. There have been hours at a time that I’m the only one in the building. I like to have the lights dimmed and the blinds closed as I work. Like a late night radio dj, smooth and calm is how I like to run my shift.
But, I get a bit stir crazy sometimes. The other night, I randomly began singing about eating my curry chicken and rice. Most nights I am swearing and cursing before I would answer the phone in a calm manner. I often sing my responses to the crews as they ask questions on the radio. Sometimes I’ll quote movies as my responses.
The job is tedious at times. It’s also extremely stressful. My job is best described as being an air traffic controller for trains. It’s a dangerous and unforgiving environment for those who work on the ground. They are expecting me to give them the best information I can in order for them to do their job safely. I take great pride in my work every night. Many of my coworkers have come to understand my style of working. As well, I’ve grown to understand their capabilities.
Together, we make through each night until daylight breaks.