Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Winter Wonders - The Night Shift

A winter's day, in a deep and dark...January (with apologies to Paul Simon).
The sun set, framed in a door window at our local shopping mall here in Johnson City, New York.

For many, the work day had ended at 5pm.  But for many more, the work day had just begun, framed by the setting sun.

It was time for the Night Shift.

Like the Verizon customer service representatives we had to speak to (more on that later in the week, hopefully) for over two hours. (If I did not acknowledge your comment on yesterday's blog post, that is why).

And, the man who answered my spouse's phone call at 10:30 pm, when spouse discovered that our furnace had stopped working.  It was a cold night, below freezing, and it was not a good time to not have heat.

The man my spouse talked to was at another person's house.  He tried to diagnose the problem codes (ah, computerized heating systems) and finally, my spouse asked him to come out.  With the cold, we couldn't wait until the next day.  So, as good as his word, he was there as soon as he finished his other job.

As the repairman works on our heating system, I blogged, and shivered just a little.

Without that man on the Night Shift, we would have had a cold, cold night.

Someone still needs to fix the actual problem, but he got the heating system running again.

Thank you.  You are a winter wonder.

14 comments:

  1. Last time I was without heat it was 11:30 at night. Could not get anyone out so you are lucky. My son and I slept with space heaters going.

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    1. Not fun, for sure, sleeping like that. I know we were fortunate.

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  2. You are right, there are so darn many unseen helpers in the world on the dark and lonely night shift. I've not thought of this before. Hope you have heat now!

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    1. We do - for now. Still have to have a permanent repair.

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  3. I appreciate people working evenings and nights too, as someone who resides in an institution. I am glad your heating works for now.

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    1. A lot of night workers out there, almost invisible to the general population. My son was one for several years. It was so hard for him to sleep during the day, a topic in itself.

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  4. Winter sunsets always seem so much more beautiful. :)

    Thank goodness for that man on the night shift! I'm glad your heating system works again.

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    1. I can agree about the winter sunsets. There have been some wonderful ones when it is just too cold to take a picture.

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  5. Awwwee, those winter wonder:-) What a nice outcome to a drama incident..:-) We don't know what we have (like heat) before it's suddenly not there right? Happy it turned out good:-) And thats a beautiful sunset:-)

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    1. Thank you for admiring the sunset. I had seconds to grab that shot and it was fortunate that I was at the right place (during an exercise walk inside our local shopping mall) at the right time.

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  6. I can't even imagine. Well, I can, sort of. I've been in a couple classrooms where the heater was broken, but that was during the day with many warm bodies coming through. At night... I shudder at the thought.

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  7. Thankful for those that work after hours!

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  8. I have a friend who prefers to work night shift, because traffic to and from work is better and because of the sunsets/sunrises he gets to see. :) Beautiful picture, and lovely tribute.

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