on press

Okay, when I was explaining the deal with press checks, I made the comment that I live my life an hour at a time while doing these. Which is true, but I didn’t mean that I was actually ON PRESS every hour, just that I am constantly receiving schedule updates. I’m actually on press every, say, three hours. For about an hour each time.

I just got a look at the remainder of the schedule for this trip. 48 forms in 4 days. I can’t even visually take in all the times; the numbers started swimming on the page. As a comparative example, there’s a Pendleton catalog being printed while I’m here. That one has six forms. Six. To my 48. Why 48? Because I’m here checking on two different catalogs, and each of those catalogs has four or five versions, depending on when it’s scheduled to land in mailboxes.

We’re running these catalogs on four presses at the same time. Which is great, because I’m in and out of here in one week, instead of two. However… it’s a very solid week. I’m currently on an unplanned break, because the paper snapped during my 7pm check. It runs through the presses at 2300 feet per minute while I’m approving color, and if the tension isn’t juuuuust right… well, you don’t want to be in the way. It would be one nasty paper cut. Once I can sign off on it, I’m going straight to bed… my next check is at 1am 11pm/midnight, and they’re running every 30 to 60 minutes after that until 10pm tomorrow night. At which point I have a “break” until 1am. Woo, gonna get me a NAP.

9pm. I’m going to hit the hay and try to get some sleep while I can. Thinking happy sleepy thoughts!

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