Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Working in the Third World (Brooklyn, NY)

Things are going OK. I'm settled into my 'maybe temporary maybe not' barge, and although it's pretty quiet (ship traffic being slow still), we've spent a fair bit of that time at a lay berth in Brooklyn, near downtown, and that has meant good shore access, so I have been walking for 2 hours a day when I have that kind of time. It's looking like later this week and weekend will be busy, so the past few days' idle time has been good but is coming to an end. That's not a bad thing. Pretty sure my employer would like to get paid.

      I've got just one week to go here at work, and to make things more comfortable for the one guy on here who kept his position, I will work around his preferred schedule, the hated eight-and-four.  This was based on the horrible suggestion of the Human Performance Eval studies carried out a few years ago. I tried it for a few weeks once. It was so bad it made 6 hours on/6 off look good.
 Basically, you work 8 hours, then sleep 8 hours. Then work 4 hours, and sleep 4 hours.
 Supposedly this is better than anything else. I found it exhausting and disorienting and apparently so do many other people. Hell, there are guys that prefer 6 on/6 off and chronic fatigue rather than the 8/4.   Still, it's just for a week. I'll be fine.

            The weather has been amazing. Cool mornings, comfortable warm (not hot) afternoons. It's been great. Normally, with some idle time like this, I'd be out on deck chipping and painting, my version of therapy, but I'm not comfortable enough here to do that, so instead I've been walking and lifting weights after daily chores and maintenance is finished. We have had a couple of small jobs prior to sitting, so bills were paid, at least.

 It's peaceful-ish. If I was truly feeling at home here, this mid-Covid time might have been a golden era here at work, strange as that is. Even so, I've really enjoyed the past week.

 We've got a fairly decent sized cargo fixed for later this week, so we'll stay rolling.


4 comments:

leaperman said...

In the Navy I found that 8 on 8 off was the best. 6 on and 6 off sucked, because of course you'd get off work and then have to clean, do laundry, Drills, etc.,.
12 on 12 off isn't that bad, depending upon if you can get some sleep (8 AM to 20:00) wasn't bad but doing the 20:00 to 8 AM watches sucked!--there were always a bunch of assholes in the berthing compartment monkeys who couldn't respect other people trying to sleep.

Rob said...

Lot's of uncertainty in this post, not something usually seen here.
Home or not? Poor work schedule following someone else's idea of good. Not comfortable enough to relax.
But you enjoyed the week and that's the important part.

Paul, Dammit! said...

I did 8 on/8 off for 5 years. It's fine. I've recently become a convert to the church of 12 on/12 off, though.

ThatSlyB said...

I like 7 and 5. Better than 6 and 6. I dont mind 12s but if there is no office on the boat it can be terrible. Too much time for the other guy to wanna sit in the same room as you. If Im up, I want to be alone