Welcome one and all to yet another of those lost sleep nights. The cause is unknown other than I went to bed early, crashed and burned in a ball of flames and awoke at exactly 12:02 am, fully awake mind, body and soul. So please do help yourself to the beverage of choice and see where these fingers lead us today.
Seasonal Affective Disorder is the result of our natural cycles of sleep and lifestyle being thrown off. The cause may be years of shift work, the naturally occurring cycles of seasons of where we live.
I coined the term "Sleep Jet-Lag" years ago as it was the best term I could attach the cause and effect as being the same. We all have experience the change at one point and time in life, some more so than others.
In my case maybe far to many changes. Years ago I bought a failing Security Company with nothing more than a business plan on a napkin and a song and dance as collateral. It was a rag tag handful of 7 clients. Anything from stepping into bar fights to clear the mayhem or checked used car lots for vandalism. The first year was brutal working 12 hour night shifts. I hired an x-police officer that suggested we look at 12... 12 hour shifts on and 12 days off.
Basically it meant some very long odd ball shifts but the reward was having 2 weeks off per month. The business expanded and within two years I had in place 7 detachments and 14 people, vehicles and resources.
The business took on a more flavourful aspect as I was awarded from the city the contract to deal with all moving violations within city limits plus I was licensed to carry a side arm to move cash and or valuables within the State of Alaska, the Yukon Territory and Provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. The armed service allowed the movement of vast amounts of cash and gold. I was all of a sudden very busy.
With more and more administrative duties I was able to leave the night shift to be run by Jack. My new position afforded me travel to all my other sites, dealing with staff and clients. I was awarded a large contract with the Yukon Territorial Government and Parks Canada looking after a large restoration on an old Paddle Wheeler river boat. It was a 5year project and today she stands and meets those who visit.
Plus I had contracts to have security at all the schools and many Territorial Government offices.
In the early seventies there was rumblings of a pipeline running through the Yukon. As the hype grew over the possibility of billions of dollars and hundreds of jobs people from big business began arriving in town. On a Monday morning I pulled a vehicle over for rolling through a stop sign and issued a summons.
As it turned out my appointment that afternoon had been with the same two gentlemen from the morning. They represented a large security firm from eastern Canada and they made me an offer for the business. Scraps of papers were passed back and forth with the magic numbers and a deal was struck. They retained me for 90 days and agreed to keep all my staff in place. In case you are wondering they still had to pay the ticket...
For the next seven years I did little or nothing but fish and spend time in the back country with my constant companion Tannis a rescue dog. I have often wondered just who rescued who. A man could not have asked for a better companion. It was both a great time but a hard time as well as I sought sobriety from all the addictions. It was a time of learning about myself and the wilderness around me.
They were some great years and a testimony of the Yukon way. No matter who you were or what your past was you could accomplish what you set out to do as long as you gave the service you were hired to do. "The road I have travelled has brought me to where I am today. Someone once asked if I would have changed anything? It left me to thinking and I would have to say no, if I had changed anything what would the alternative have been.
Thanks for visiting the Fireside and allowing me to dribble on... Hugs attached to all...
© Rolly A. Chabot
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