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Old 09-30-2011, 06:03 AM
Location: Beaverton/Aloha
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I have two nights off a week, and I think I'm going to have this schedule for the next couple of years. Sometimes I work on school stuff, but since I work the night shift I normally have time to do school work at my paid job.

So tonight, like many others... I did laundry, grocery shopping, cleaned the bottom floor of the house, grilled some chicken, listened to the radio for a while, blew off organizing the garage for the millionth time, and generally kept it quiet while my wife and kids are sleeping.

I'm not really into going to bars and blowing my paycheck, the Metro shuts down kinda early for me, nothing's open around Beaverton after 2AM.

There's always Yahoo Chess or something like that, but what do you other night shifters do on your nights off? 24 hour fitness and pump it up? Ride your bike around downtown?
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Old 09-30-2011, 09:11 AM
Location: the Beaver State
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I adjusted my schedules so I did everything in the morning/afternoon before going to work, then went to sleep as soon as I got off work. I also found another job that didn't make me work such awful shifts.
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Old 09-30-2011, 10:04 PM
Location: Houston
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I worked nights for years in Portland. When the economy was better in the 90's you could do all sorts of activities after a swing shift. I would imagine it's not as much fun now with the town rolling up the sidewalks by 12 most nights. I always did my grocery shopping weeknights at a winco or a safeway. Do a search.for 24 hr businesses. You may be surprised at what you find. Bowling and billiards usually somewhere. Powells was open late years ago I don't know what the hours are now. I recomend making the most of your weekend by prime-timing those hours to actually feel like you have a life. I can never sleep right after work. Graveyard was always a better odd shift to work for me. I am working a mid shift now. Off 8pm at the latest. Not perfect but it beats a late swing.

Good luck with that schedule. Make it work for you or move on. Not worth feeling like a troll with no life.

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Old 10-03-2011, 10:05 AM
Location: metro Portland Oregon
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I notice that a lot (if not all) of the Subway sandwich shops are now open 24 hours. While they're not necessarily a place to dance and play pool, you can at least get a sandwich whenever you want. BTW - they'll serve hash browns at any time, not just breakfast.
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Old 10-03-2011, 10:40 AM
Location: Pacific NW
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I've never worked night shift, but have always been a night person. The biggest problem I see is being in the suburbs. If you're downtown, there are more things to do, places that are open. I used to take my laptop over to a 24-hour coffee shop over on Powell and hang out in the wee hours a lot. There are several 24-hour restaurants around. Of course, the late night places have more interesting people watching to do than regular hours places. The cart pod at 11th & Hawthorne is always jumping late at night. A lot of the movie theaters' last showings start after 10, and that can take you into tomorrow.
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