Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Too Many irons In The Fire

Boy, here I was thinking "It's my Friday and it's going to be a nice sunny day and I get to work out on my favorite yard! This is going to be a great day!"

I even got extra people on the yard so everything was covered! Cool!

Well, it turned out okay, but it could have been better, believe me.

The Brute bid out of 10 house and went to 25 (so I'll be relieving him there instead, on different days), so I knew that there wasn't a 10 house Sergeant. But Sgt Moon was supposed to be in 30 so I wasn't concerned. He could watch both houses like I did on his days off.

But, no. Sgt Moon was out with E-squad somewhere doing something E-squaddish and mysterious. So I needed to cover 10 and 30 as well as the yard. Yikes. No Sergeant in 7 or 8 house, either. Oh, snap.

Fortunately Sgt Miz p was in 9 house and Sgt Major was in 6 in case I got into a jam. I knew I could count on them. I called and left messages in both places saying "Hey! Watch my back, please!"

So I'm out on the yard with Sausage and Tweedle and Porcupine and Tilt and everything seems okay. We are back on the evening yard schedule and the yards are open at night until we close them at dark. That goes fine and they get their yard time and nobody does anything really stupid.

I was a little nervous about having so many unsupervised houses, but I figured we'd handle any problems that came up one at a time.

It wasn't until after the yards closed that it got weird.

Suddenly I looked around and said "Where the snap are all of my officers?"

It took a minute to find them all. Sausage was up watching the med pass line. Tweedle was doing pat downs and the Del Norte walk. Porcupine was in 7 house writing a violation and Tilt was escorting a check-in to the Hive.

Just like that, I was alone on the yard. If anything bad would have kicked off right then we would have been seriously short of manpower. Sausage and Porcupine could have responded if I needed them, but that was all. At least I had them.

I guess it comes with being a supervisor. Worrying about what might happen and what resources I have to deal with whatever might happen.

And the way you can go from being hip deep in CO's to all alone on the yard in the blink of an eye is a little bit scary at times.

But we persevered and survived. Sausage ordered pizza and we sat outside and enjoyed the rest of the night in relative peace.

And it was my Friday and I was glad.

So here's the weekend lineup:
Wednesday: National Potato Chip Day, International Ask A Question Day, National Pi (3.14) Day and National Bake A Pie (round-ish, with fruit in it) Day.

Thursday: Buzzard's Day, Everything You Think Is Wrong Day, The Ides of March and National Pears Helene with Chocolate Sauce and Brandy Day.

Friday: Everything You Do Is Right Day, Freedom Of Information Day, Celebration Of Lips Day and National Artichoke Hearts Day.

Mmmm.... Now I'm thinking about celebrating lips! Yay!


  1. As true as it is that you were suddenly all alone, at least everyone was taking care of business, not just goofing off.

  2. As true as it is that you were suddenly all alone, at least everyone was taking care of business, not just goofing off.

    1. Vinnie- You can say that again! (grin)