Night shift was always my favorite when I worked for AIG, Inc. as a Medical Travel Assistance Coordinator in their 24/7 Houston-based call-center...LOVED IT, and we got a higher pay differential than day-shifters as an added incentive.
I am Aspie, and I was married once...now divorced, no kids; thank goodness. And I have had other girlfriends...not many, and few of long duration...but I did have them...I guess that means I'm one of the "lucky ones" among many Aspergian men.
I've just never felt like I would make a good father, and though my wife and I did conceive once, she miscarried early on and I've always regarded that as a "blessing-in-disguise" (purely metaphorically speaking). I just turned 40 this year and am about to turn again and I still at times feel like a teen boy.
I try to explain Asperger's to some NT's by stating "Remember how awkward you felt as a teenager?? Imagine that NEVER getting better and that's sort of what A.S. feels like...."
Bit of exaggeration there, as it has gotten a *little* better, but only just a little. I now have the confidence in relationships that my peers had when they were 16-17. Which makes me a 40 year old with the relationship skill set of a mature NT 18 year old on a good day. Maybe.
My ex-wife was NT, however, and, as it turned out, not quite as free from her religious past as I'd gambled she would be given her obvious intellect. Alas, as I like to joke, she left me for her old flame, Jesus Christ. She wanted me to join in and make it a threesome but I said no effing way ;-)
My atheism wasn't an issue for her at first, but it became increasingly not ok with her has she fell back into a religious orbit. I was by then a confident atheist and not going to budge. It's only in hindsight that I can see the additional pressures and strains that being an undiagnosed Aspie put upon our marriage as well as everything else.
We had many conflicts over "sympathy" vs. "empathy", and clearly I could demonstrate deep, deep wells of sympathy, but she wanted a direct and immediate kind of empathy that only NTs seem able to perform and that left me baffled and confused and her deeply frustrated at my (to her) fear of intimacy and commitment, yada yada.
I'm wary of some parents of autistic/Aspie children in our local group, as some are backers of anti-vax quacks and such and that bugs the hell out of me. I avoid starting flame wars on the local discussion group but just roll my eyes anytime anyone brings up Andrew Wakefield, et. al. Even worse are the ones of a religious bent who think you can pray-away the autism--yeah, good luck with that; works about as well as praying away Teh Gay...which is to say, not at all. The more nuanced religious ones will take a different tac and just say, well, God made my child that way, it's his will, so we have to discover and obey God's reason(s), etc. Still makes me wanna to a face-palm, but perhaps not quite as hard as with the former aforementioned pray-away-ers.
Sorry if my contribution is a tangent at best...have enjoyed reading all of these threads...