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Old 11-28-2009, 07:22 AM
Bob Reynolds Bob Reynolds is offline
 
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Thanks for your sympathy, Alan. As one who has spent quite a few Christmases on boats, it is indeed a time for homesickness.

As you said, there is always some humor in there. Officers especially are very flexible on trading holidays with regular partners. Before we had kids, I actually preferred working Christmas for a couple of reasons -- first, to let my two partners off, both of whom had young grandchildren, and second for the pay; we get a double day on major holidays. While that is not the same as being at home, that adds up to a rather nice rate for that day, and takes some of the sting out for those who must work.

This is "my" year to be off, having worked last year at Christmas. My partner and I trade off each year.
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