September 5, 2011: Kyle Hamman

September 5, 2011: Kyle Hamman

Today is Labor Day. September Fifth Two-thousand and Eleven.

Or  9-5-11.

9-5. Hmmm, interesting.

As an actor in Chicago I’ve had many “day jobs” over the years.  Working for a general contractor I used to be at work at seven and finish around four or five. I spent a few weeks on a temp job opening envelopes all day from eight to four. When I was waiting tables we started at ten. Sometimes I would be done to watch a 1:20 Cubs game start.

My latest job doesn’t really have set hours;  at least not yet.

Today’s Hours:

1 a.m.

Try to go to sleep. He’s snoring. Cute little baby snores.

4 a.m.

Out of the crib. Slung across the arm. Furiously rocking. “Hey, Co-worker, you go back to sleep, I got this one.”

6 a.m.

I’m gonna let my co-worker handle this one.

8 a.m.

Two sips out of a bottle and he’s out; for now.

9 a.m.

Phone rings. Co-worker’s mom is gonna walk him around a bit. I’m gonna go back to sleep.

Noon

I haven’t slept this late on the job in awhile, at least in the last four months.

12:45 p.m.

Excursion (read: Photo-Op) to Peck Farm Butterfly House. Load everybody up!

1:05 p.m.

Peck Farm closed because it’s a government facility and it’s Labor Day!

2:30 p.m.

Lunch Break. Co-worker’s dad grilled some brats and Italian sausage.

3:15 p.m.

Drive back to Chicago. Mom and boy asleep. NPR talking about jobs and 9/11. I love the view of the city from 290.

4:15 p.m.

What a gorgeous day! Today felt like summer ran for the hills! Why is there no one on the beach? Because it’s 65 degrees!

7 p.m.

Co-worker is discussing costume plans for Halloween. Time to start the nighttime ritual. Probably have a few more punches of the clock before midnight.

This job has a pretty grueling schedule but my co-worker is the best I’ve ever had and the pleasure of working with and the benefits package (see picture) is pretty good.

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About the author: Kyle Hamman (@khambone) is an actor, husband, father, son and filmmaker. He was born in OK, raised in AR, and proudly lives in Chicago.

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