Thursday, January 17, 2008

Cutting Edge Techniques for Killing Time

Tonight begins the countdown....3....2...1... for my last 3 evenings at the night job. While I will miss the financial benefit, I am looking forward to having my weekends once again and am anxious to see what other part-time work or fun might take the place of this job.

The hardest part has been trying to stay awake and to make the hours pass by. So, I've resorted to all sorts of techniques. My usual evening at the hotel might go like this:

Greet the employee that is on duty before me, hear the instructions for the night, read the journal notes from the owners, start the next batch of laundry if needed, count the cash drawer, prepare for the remaining check-ins if needed, do my first walk-through of the building, find things to do for a few hours, do my second walk-through, take care of the garbage, find things to do for a couple of hours, bring in the new newspapers, start breakfast, fold laundry, place the linens in the linen closet, complete final walk-through, find something else to do until the next staff member relieves me.

So, often, there is a ton of killing time in between the important tasks of the night. (That is, when our hotel isn't full with guests and the breakfast doesn't have to be huge and when the laundry room isn't packed with sheets and towels.) On any given night there, I might read my bible or a good Christian book. I've read a few classic novels too. While reading usually doesn't make me sleepy, it does so when it is at the time when my body thinks I'm supposed to be sleeping. My brain is correct, but I have to force myself to switch my hours around on those 3-4 days I work. So, the reading can't always last too long. That's why I try to do that first. Sometimes, I go to the workout room and walk on the treadmill. While it wakes me up a little, I can't do that for too long either because I need to stay presentable for the front desk. Workout = perspiration. Sometimes, I move to organizing the supply shelves. But, there usually isn't much to do there. Of course, I've been working on a lot of craft projects for Christmas so that has greatly helped. Since I've been instructed to throw away the lobby newspaper from the day before, I have started looking out for the puzzle section so I can work through those.

In recent weeks, I've started watching back seasons of TV shows on the internet. But, I don't want to devote much time to that, so I usually try to read my bible again or write letters. But, truth be told, I almost always end up flipping on the TV and have once again become interested in the Game Show Network. It keeps me awake even though I admit it may not be the best use of my time. I've just tried to find something because it is so tempting to start dozing off at about 3:00 a.m. I used to have extended cable and loved watching the very old games shows that they'd re-run. To Tell the Truth, What's My Line, I've Got A Secret... all of those. However, now I have only basic cable at home, so it is a treat to watch the Game Show Network again. From midnight to 3, there have been some funny 70s and early 80s shows playing that I don't remember... Trivia Trap and Now You See It. They sometimes show Body Language which is where celebrities and contestants pair up to play charades. And, 'Merv Griffin's Crosswords' has really helped my crossword skills. Earlier in the evening (meaning 11 pm), Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is now on. And, last week, they had a very interesting question that I didn't know how to answer, but I thought it was something that most of us would want to know. Especially those of you who are aspiring chefs. The question was something like this...

What is the name of the part of a knife blade that extends into the handle? The answer is here along with labels for the other parts of a knife.

Very interesting stuff. Not the most useful or important, but it is interesting. Something else that is interesting is the frequency of biblical questions in the older gameshows. Much more common than in the gameshows of today. And, when the older celebrities are playing, they actually know the answers! Unbelievable. I don't think the celebrities of today would fare so well.

Thankfully, Press Your Luck is not on while I am working. You know, "No Whammies. No Whammies. STOP!" I just never caught on to that one. I do wish Name That Tune would play then. That always used to be one of my favorites, and I haven't seen it for years.

Do you have a favorite game show you always look forward to watching? Or, maybe a favorite way of passing the time?


Dani said...

Matthew and I use to LOVE laughing at Press Your Luck. The little whamie guys are hysterically funny to us.

Sometimes when I am burning time, if I just can't get into the mood to work. I play solitaire, or I crochet.

Elizabeth said...

First off, I am so excited that you are in the final count-down at the hotel. Whoohoo!

Then, as far as game shows we used to watch Jeopardy a good bit - when it was still in primetime, and possibly because it usually came on before the Brave's game.

jsarber said...

If I would have known you were struggling to stay awake there were probably a few nights I could have called to keep you awake. If I get really going on web stuff, I often end up working all night. It's a terrible habit but I struggle to find a good stopping point sometimes. Many times, my stopping point is when I'm within seconds of passing out. You working through the weekend?

strem said...

One down. Two to go.

Even though I never liked it too much, we still ended up watching Press Your Luck often. I don't know why... I always loved Jeopardy because it would be on at 6 or 6:30 pm. I was excited to see one of my college classmates on the show a few years back, and she was the champion for 2 or 3 days.

Yes, Jeremy, I'm working tonight and tomorrow night. Sometimes I have to be moving around and am away from my phone if the owners line up special things for me to do. I think a replacement for me still hasn't been hired, so hopefully that will be done soon. But, if one comes tonight or tomorrow night, I'll be busy training the entire time. Or, I could be just sitting. Hard to tell.

Kelly Spezzano said...

I'm a night person, but I couldn't imagine working those late nights like you. I am glad it's almost over for you. Like Dani, I too used to love Press Your Luck! Big Bucks! No Whammies! LOL I know what you mean about using your time more wisely, but at that time of night, I feel like my mind won't wrap around the words I'm reading in the Bible, so sometimes it's just better to do something mindless (like watch tv). I am adicted to (don't tell anyone) the old super mario game (I found it online) and I just love to play! :)