My company has changed my work schedule as well as the maintenance department as a whole to 5-8 hour days. For those who are wondering or have in the past what sort of schedule I've been accustomed to for the past two years was a two week rotating schedule where I actually only worked 7 days out of every two weeks, or actually only half the days of the year since they were 12.5 hour days. But the company is cutting overtime as one work week of mine was 36 hours, and the other weeks were 48 hours as 8 of those were paid as overtime. And for frosting on the cake.....I drive 120 miles round trip to work on my work days, so I'll be adding some expenses now for 6 extra days driving to work per month.....more frequent oil changes, wear and tear, etc................. On the bright side, I'll be off every weekend (like normal folks, which I never wanted to be part of normal), and make any local gun show if I want to, or any of my local Club's range activities and matches since they are always on weekends. Last year I took two vacation days to do the Glock match with my local club. And since I had seniority and I'm the best they have in the forge shop, I got to choose my shift out of first or second. So I'll be doing first shift now, 6am-2:30pm which is going to give me a lot of daylight hours after work this summer. But no more three days off in a row, or complete days off during the week. All in all, I'm glad to still have a job in the big picture. But this is going to hit me in the ammo funding, and it's going to happen in two weeks. Oh...I've always been thankful for what I have, and glad I've stockpiled ammo over the years, and kept buying while the wife never says a word about it (maybe because I give her money to spend on herself every week?). But I do think this is all going to impact my range trips, and probably cut my practice ammo usage in half, and when there happen to be my local club matches, there will be another factor to dictate my decisions whether or not to blow 2-300 rounds + the match fee. I've also pretty much done away with any 'list' I've had in mind. I DO have enough firearms, and no wants or expectations for more. Looking back, I'm thankful for my past goals, and obtaining them while things were good and in plentiful supply at reasonable prices. I'm glad I got into firearms seriously at the ripe age of 25, and I thank my father (whom I haven't spoken to in years) for my first Marlin Glenfield 65c, and those plinking days at the shale pits in Carbondale, PA. I'm also thankful for my short term in the USMC and for the basic and advanced firearms tactics and training I received along with the concepts of survival and neutralizing the enemy. All of that makes me who I am today, and it's priceless to me. I would never be where I am today without any of that, and I'm very happy to still be alive to tell it.
Truthfully, I can't give much meaning to this post. I'm not looking for any advice, or sympathy, or anything really. I have no idea when and if I'll have a mid-life crisis, but I'm coming up on another change in life compared to what I'm used to. I just felt the need to let something out (which I seldom do), and now you know a little bit more about me. Just don't forget that I'm a Glock guy at heart, so you can forgo the 'you need to reload for pistol cartridges' deal. Heck, I've still got to get with reloading 150 rounds of bolt action rifle ammo for the year and the cases are already prepped and ready to go. Now I'll have to make better use of my time than I have for several years. Thanks for listening.