Weekend Workers

“Thank God it’s Friday!” people always said. There’s this buzz that surrounds Fridays because it signifies the end of the work week for some.

I always found the phrase to be annoying. For me and others like me, Friday is my Monday… or even hump day depending on when my work week started.

While we’re all familiar with the portion of the population that dreads Monday and drags themselves through the week trying to make it to Friday, there is that other section of the population that goes unnoticed and is unappreciated. Take nurses and cops, for example. People don’t stop being sick or breaking the law because it’s Friday. In fact, those may be busy times for nurses and police officers. There are those that overindulge and need professional medical attention… and those that overindulge and do things that land them in the back seat of a police car. I would think professions like this relate to the Lord in the sense that they neither sleep, nor slumber. Nurses and cops are always at work, keeping us healthy and safe.

Then there are privileges that we enjoy that (gasp!) involve someone having to work the weekend. Flight crews work around the clock (sometimes literally!), delivering packages, passengers, and shooting photos of the earth for GPS info. All so you can have that quick weekend in Jamaica, make your way to the dance hall using your GPS, or receive that thing you had to have from Amazon. Retailers are open on weekends, so you can get a new dress and shoes to go out in. I know; I used to work in retail.

Not to mention grocery stores and restaurants, who usually experience their highest volume of customers on the weekends. While people are so glad for it to be Friday, the real weekend warriors are working flights, bussing tables, restocking produce (that is hopefully fresh, depending on where you go), and making life livable, easier, and even enjoyable for those that work during the week.

And the night club. Those bouncers that let you in? Bartenders? Dancers (depending on where you are)? Servers (if there’s food), kitchen staff and venue owners? Yep. While you’re dancing the night away, they’re chasing Benjamins.

But hey, don’t feel sorry for us; it’s really not that bad! I actually used to love working the weekend and live to have the week off, and honestly, I still do! I have my reasons:

  • It’s not as crowded when you do any kind of shopping. You’ll rarely have to worry about a line, especially mid-morning or during the day before rush hour. Just watch out for OAPs (Old Aged Persons) with carts!
  • It’s easy to make most of your appointments because most offices are open during the week, and you’re off!
  • Some activities that people experience on the weekend will be less crowded. Sometimes you won’t be able to go dancing or do brunch, but you can do the movies and you might be the only one in the theater! The art museum will be as quiet as a church sanctuary, Reading Terminal… well, let’s face it, that will always be crowded. But there’s a stark difference between going on the weekend and going during the week. I’ve done both, and I daresay I won’t do weekends any time soon. The last time I went on the weekend was a couple of years ago. That was enough
  • No weekend price hikes! It’s terrible, but some things get more expensive on the weekend, including parking! I’ve even seen admission to places get more expensive on the weekend because places know there will be more people then. Go during the week and save that money!
  • You will NEVER experience the dread that comes with Mondays like everyone else does. That’s YOUR weekend. While everyone else has to go to work, you’re sleeping in. Preferably in your drawers. You might eat Lucky Charms in bed when you get around to waking up.
  • You might actually make more money working on the weekend. This especially applies to jobs where people tip (PLEASE tip your waitstaff).

I read a book once called “Waiter Rant”. A friend to the main character was upset because she had to miss work to be in a friend’s wedding. The reason this was so hard was because the weekends were the time for her to make up the money she wasn’t getting during the week. As a result, she couldn’t afford a gift for the bridal shower or the bachelorette party, could barely afford her dress, was short on rent, and had to endure the other bridesmaids talking badly about her.

If only those other chicks understood. They were obviously Monday through Friday 9 to 5ers who couldn’t imagine what this poor woman was going through. This isn’t to look down on 9 to 5ers, but just to give them insight into our world. I hope that they come to at least appreciate us… because without the weekend workers, what would your life be like?


How To Write A Blog Post

By no means do I consider myself to be an amazing writer. I’ve written a story here and there, but primarily, I’m a blogger. These diary-style entries are something I’ve written since my first diary in the 5th grade (it had kittens on the cover. Who doesn’t like kittens?) 

Having said that, here is what typically happens when I decide to write a new blog entry. 

  1. Gather my laptop, phone, earphones, pen and paper, and head to Starbucks. 
  2. Shoot the breeze briefly with Joe, Tori, and the other baristas because I spend way too much time & money at my home Starbucks (yes, I know their names).
  3. Actually order my drink (and get it in my own mug. It saves $.10, paper cups, and it’s bougie, but I can live with that). 
  4. Take a seat and bust out my craptop… I mean laptop, and pray no one knocks out the cord or it’ll go off. 
  5. Make the iTunes or YouTube list. 
  6. Get on here and start typing. 
  7. Get completely distracted by 3-5 of the songs from my list, or start playing another off the list that came to mind. 
  8. Actually write the entry. 
  9. Get distracted by yet another song while trying to come up with decent tags for the post. 
  10. Finally add all of the appropriate tags and… eek!… publish the post! Ahh!!!
  11. View your post, then go back and correct stuff you missed. Repeat 2 or 3 times. 
  12. Make yourself leave it… STOP! Leeeeave it! Leave it alone! It’s fine!
  13. Take off the earphones because they make your ears hot, get a tea/latte refill, and people watch. If you’re feeling friendly, talk to someone near you (especially if it’s an attractive someone. Don’t say anything stupid!)
  14. End out by putting the headphones on and laughing at stuff on Facebook or watching cat videos. 

More or less, this is my writing process. At the end of the day, I blog because it’s fun and I like sharing. Even the process should be somewhat fun, right?

Happy writing!