Paying dues, a musician’s term for putting in time. Playing low pay jobs, dive clubs, etc. Something one goes through to get a good gig and respect. It is not about membership payment money. I would guess actors have the same sort of things since we are cousins in the arts. Anyway, this is where I am at in the corresponding version of Security guardland. Doing this graveyard shift I look at it as paying my dues in this field.
Doing SG work was what my father did after he retired. I never thought much of it as a field and always worked at staying educated and skilled enough so I would not have to go there. Back in the day it was a job of not much skill I thought. Just a job. Of course , there is no such thing as just a job. Any job is a good job to be thankful about. It is all about survival, “only the strong can survive” ( …Grandmaster Flash) These days, it is much more involved than just having a military background and being able to take orders which I thought it was about. Now one to start needs a Guard Card. In order to get this you need to go a State approved cla$$. This cla$$ covers things you can do and can not do as a Security Officer. It also covers terrorist activity things, what to look for, etc , etc. That is just the start through. After you get your card, and start working there is another 6 hours of training you need to complete with-in 30 days on the job. Ok, so I got my card, and I also received from the 88 group a 12 hours training certificate the other night, double the requirement. Now I find I have been enrolled in the first set of on-line classes which cover some 12 topic units. Wheww, not done yet, there is another group of training to be completed within 6 months. OMG who knew there was so much to this. I’ll have more respect for these rent-a -cops. Of course like everything else times have changed everywhere, nothing is simple.
So my first night on the job. I was a bit nervous about finding my way around and staying within the required time frame. I show up ready to go out on my own. However I am surprised to find my super is there and says he is going with me for the first couple of hours. Hmmm I think, I’m not trusted yet, there goes my relaxing evening, did I do something… ? Not letting it phase me, I flow with it and carry on, I went through what I was suppose to do and we head out. I was kind of glad he was there to give me some travel direction and what order to do what. The hardest part of the evening is from 10- 11pm, there are 4 complexes to cover preform lock-downs. Tonight I stepped faster and drove faster, being less concerned about doing the safe driver way under the speed limit thing. I only ran 5 minutes over. The Super said that was not bad for still learning.
After 11:00 I took him back to the office and headed out on my own. I was solo the rest of the night. It was pretty easy the rest of the night. I was given a list with a suggested order to follow for stops, that was a BIG help! My only problem for the night was underestimating the time I should put in between the later stops of the night and ended up really rushing toward the end to make all my rounds. I ended up finishing up the night about 20 min or so over. I was suppose to be done by 5:00 am I was done at 5:20 or so Not a big deal I think for my first solo run. Now I understand the timing better. So onward Officer Zen… Yatta! ( I did it)