|When i get back from a long day and the other shift goes out right away i turn off my pager so i can sleep without being woken up by all the pages. Not being afraid of electrons i just use the auto on feature to turn the pager back on an hour before i am reset.
Well we got back from a long flight this morning that started at 1:30 AM so i set the pager for 4:30 PM (i always make extra sure to get the AM PM thing right) and off to sheep i go. To get woken up by the pager going off. A quick look shows "RED medevac from XYZ to rhubar rhubar rhubar"
XYZ damn, we were just there yesterday offers up my somnolent brain.
Now comes the interminable process of getting myself ambulatory, dressed, and out the door in two minutes.
Finally getting my underwear on right side out and front side forward, a query forms:
what time is it?
Some processing and much attempted focussing later the response comes:
four thirty pm boss. why?
Just wondering how much sleep we got is all. Never mind
The little hamster wheel up top is finally getting past the ruminating speed and is cranking fast enough to provide some actual cogitation.
XYZ ... just been there yesterday ... 4:30 PM ... pager set to turn on at 4:30 PM ... what exactly is the time on the bottom of that page ... 1:30 AM you say ... ... ... how amusing. Well on the bright side i suppose i no longer have to worry about the fact that one of the socks i am wearing is pink
Pink you say?
Now the old hamster wheel is really going, just about the sub panic level. Are you telling me that when we turn around there is going to be an audience to the not inconsiderable chinese fire drill we just performed?
Damage control firing up now sir
I get a lopsided grin going and paste on my Don't worry miss, I'm a Pilot face.
But fortuitously, careful observation divulges the following
No problem chief, she's gone. I seem to remember something about an eleven o'clock class
Ah. How Lovely
Being such a fool would decidedly be an inconvenience if it were not for the brobdingnagian amount of horseshoes egressing out of no mans land.