Experience Of Working In The Coke Ovens Of Bethlehem Steel

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Date: Fri Jan 2, 1998 11:22:39 AM

Enough of that. For now anyway. I just renewed my complaining license & don't want it to go to waste. There's plenty more. Oh yeah, plenty more. But that won't stop me from being gratefiul that I'm back in cyberworld. It'd be good to chat with you online. Perhaps you could even expose me to some sites of interest. For me, the best times to do the chat thing are around noon ET, shortly after I get off work or on Mondays or Tuesdays when I've had a slight chance to briefly re-establish a link to the more normal hours of existence. Hopefully that'll give you enough of an idea to return with a specific day & time that suits you. And even if that doesn't quite fit, I can try to arrange for my brain to be active with a little head start of
notice. —Kenny

Thanks for the update on the job front. I know what you mean on the misery of being trapped in some fuzzy flaked time warp. I had the awful experience of working in the coke ovens of Bethlehem Steel Corp in Burns Harbor, Indiana on the great lake back in 1973-74 as a young pup right out of a Florida highschool. For nine months I rotated in the regular routine of the plant across all three shifts, working five days in any given week, but paradoxically sometimes seven in a row. Day shift, swing shift and midnight shift. At the finish of the seventh straight day of midnights (five in the Sunday-Saturday weekly structure, two in the previous week which had started in the day shift with a day off in the middle), on Thursday 7 AM, the windfall was that I didn't have to report to work again until Sunday 3PM for the swing shift. Now THAT was a merciless work schedule even with the periodic long weekend. I recall with great loathing that I never ever got used to the midnight shift during that whole tour of steelworker's hell. Work eight hours, then drive home to sleep sporadically and without unsatisfaction until slogging groggily back work again just about the time sleep was finally beginning to deepen. Then there were the unbearable climate and environmental extremes...

Noon (0900 PST) some weekday soon sounds great. Just plug in the numbers. We can make initial contact with Instant Messaging and work out the chat room logistics from there.

GT

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