Normally, I’m a Monday to Friday kind of guy. It’s one of the many things I like about my day job. Every 5th week I have to work Saturday, and typically get the following Monday off. I worked this past Saturday, and this week I asked for Wednesday instead of Monday as my day off. More about why in a moment.
I could probably count on one hand the number of Wednesdays I’ve not been at work over the past five plus years, and yet this is the second time this month. Independence Day was just two weeks ago and the office was closed.
Anyone who is accustomed to working Monday to Friday and having a two-day weekend, a day off mid-week is a bit disconcerting. I worked six days last week, Monday to Saturday. I was off on Sunday, worked Monday and yesterday, off today and then I’ll work two more days before I get my normal two-day weekend.
So, why did I ask for Wednesday off this week?
In just over five weeks the Republican National Convention will be held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Nearly 4,500 delegates and alternates, around 15,000 credentialed media, and other visitors whose numbers will approach 50,000 will be in the Tampa Bay area the week of August 27-30. They will be traveling from their 16,000 rooms in 105 hotels on 400 motor coaches to the Tampa Bay Times Forum and the adjacent Tampa Convention Center.
To help pull this off, around 7,500 volunteers have been recruited. I am one of those volunteers, and tonight is our orientation. I am really looking forward to being involved with this convention. As of now I don’t even know what my role will be. I’m pretty sure my job won’t be escorting Mitt Romney, his VP pick, or other speakers to the stage. If they go with my talents I’m sure I’ll be standing in a hallway somewhere, pointing, and saying, “the public restrooms are that way.”
My dream job would be to work with the “Special Media”, those who, “do not fall into a category represented by the Congressional Press Galleries.” It would be great to meet some whose work I’ve only read online.
I’ll know in about 12 hours just what my role will be. I’ll share it with you, if I can, tonight. Until I leave for Tampa there’s still a yard that needs mowing. I’ll get on that now. Enjoy your Wednesday. I know I will.