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Sue
  • 75, Female
  • Missouri
  • United States
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Hometown:
Neosho, Missouri
About Me:
Widowed and retired from a major airline. Rving full time with a 30' Fifth Wheel and a 3/4 ton GMC pickup. I took a year off after retirement to just rest, go and look at one thing or another. This will be my first year for working a seasonal job since retirement. Have a current job for the summer season at Mt. Rushmore. I am excited about it and know I will enjoy it.

05/20/08 = UPDATE As of this date I have confirmed my arrival at Mt. Rushmore with the HR manager and I report to work on the 5 of June. I will be leaving my location here in SW Missouri and head up to Keystone, SD, it will take about 2 and half days to get there.

06/02/08 I made Keystone in 2 days and a few hours. No problems on the way. I start to work at Mt. Rushmore Thursday the 5th. So far OK. I have met some of the seasonal workers that are here. Very nice and helpful people.

08-27-08 I have enjoyed the work as well as the people here at Mt. Rushmore. this as been a summer to end all summers but hope to have many more.

10/18/2008 Completed my first contract for the summer of 2008. Back in southwest Missouri and am currently looking for a job for the winter. I prefer retail or office work.
Last Seasonal Job:
Xanterra Parks and Resorts/ Mt. Rushmore Memorial Natl. Park
Favorite Seasonal Job:
Don't know yet.
Where have you lived and worked?
I was born and raised in Southwest, MO. Then moved to OK. in 1964. I have lived and worked there until now. After retirement from a major airline I started full time RVing eventho I have never done that. I am having a blast. This is a great country to see and I want to see all that I can. This is the first year (2008) that I have worked seasonal work. I do enjoy it. Looking forward to new positions and places to see and work at.
Dream Job:
Doing what I want to do, not what I have to do.

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Settling Down For The Long Haul

Posted on May 20, 2009 at 10:43pm 5 Comments

Here I am already a month into the work here at Mt. Rushmore. So far we have had a mixed bag of weather, snow,rain and sunshine. Sometime all in one day. We just about have a full working crew and can settle down for the summer. One or two have washed out already, other's moved into new position. The RV park we stay in, is all but full. The new owner of Xanterra Parks and Resorts have started putting their changes in place. More will be coming as time goes by. Business has been steady. We make… Continue

Spring is about to get Sprung

Posted on February 20, 2009 at 12:38pm 1 Comment

Winter is about over, Spring is in the air in the desert. We have had some nice rains this winter and the desert is far greener than I thought it would or could be. The bushes that looked dead are green with life and ready to put on a show of color. I have not done much beyond eating and sleeping this whole winter. I did reads some good books. I have taken some side trips each month but all in all I have rested. Lost a brother this last Nov. but did get to visit with him before I came West. One… Continue

Going to the Desert

Posted on October 20, 2008 at 9:42am 5 Comments

10/20/08

Since I have not been able to secure a winter position that I want, I have decided to head for the

desert of West Arizona and sit out the winter. I love the fall season here in Southwest Missouri with the maple trees turning the leaves every color of red and yellow that you can think of. In sight of my window now is a maple that is deep reds and rust and in a few more week will be a wonderful tree to behold.

Now I have never lived around or on a desert so this will be a… Continue

End of Season One

Posted on October 15, 2008 at 8:29pm 0 Comments

I have completed my first seasonal contract and can't wait to go back. The job at Furnace Creek was withdrawn. They are asking for full time employment and I don't want full time. I don't mean 40 hours for a few months, I mean day in and day out for 12 months a year type fulltime. At this time in my life I just want to work for a few months then go do something else some place else. But this has been a summer to remember. I have worked with some wondeful people. People you want as life friend.… Continue

Big Fourth of July

Posted on June 29, 2008 at 5:30pm 2 Comments

Getting braced for the big day at Mt. Rushmore, the 3rd and 4th they expect somewhere between 20-30,000 people. While working in the gift shop that will seem like 3/4th of them will be kids. Just joking they come along with the money. I saw their display last year and it is well worth the effort to go see it. Best way if your not working there is to get a ticket for one of the many buses that will be taking people up. It will cost about $20 and is the only way to go. They take you to the front… Continue

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At 12:51pm on August 2, 2010, Terry Meyer said…
Sue- Nice to meet you! Thanks so much for Paulette’s contact information. I will give her a call in a couple of months. I have a lot of retail experience so the gift shop would be a good fit for me. I have a friend in her 60’s who worked at Old Faithful from late April to early October of the 2008 season. She enjoyed it and has given me invaluable information about what to expect in general but she had a job as a dorm supervisor so she had her own room. I will be living in one of the dorms as, unfortunately, I don’t have an RV. Having an RV to live in sounds ideal but I heard that at the larger locations they do have a separate, quieter dorm for the “older” folks like me. I am hoping to get a job next year for the full season from April to October. Terry
At 9:31pm on April 15, 2010, Joan Ingle said…
No rv. Just wishing.
Staying in the dorms.
Looks to be a real adventure.
I'm breaking in my hiking boots and counting the days.
At 7:39pm on April 13, 2010, Joan Ingle said…
Hi Sue
I will be at Yellowstone. I noticed the ok on your profile and wondered where.
I have retired to Tahlequah a town in northeastern Ok.
I visited Rushmore last year for the first time.
At 8:58pm on March 15, 2010, Barb said…
Sue. Will I see you again at MR ? I'll be out there after the 10th of May this year. Didn't know if I'd be going back or not, but absence makes the heart grow fonder? Or, memory lapse? LOL
Hope AZ was good for you this year.
At 6:32pm on September 30, 2009, Barb said…
Hello Sue ! Are you home yet to MO? I made it home in time to visit my brother a couple hours before he passed away and I thank Xanterra for allowing me to leave a couple weeks early. It's getting cold here in MI and I am deciding when to leave for FL, probably a week before Thanksgiving if I can hang out here that long. Not sure where I'll end up next year but hope to run into you again.
At 11:20am on June 9, 2009, Barb said…
Ok, I'm packing stuff to bring out and the weather looks as cold there as it has been in Michigan all spring. I'm missing the warmth of Florida!! I stroll into the park on the 24th, will stop by the gift shop when I have a day off to say howdy.
At 4:50pm on April 16, 2009, Barb said…
You started work today! What are you doing this year? Do you still go through orientation? I won't be there till mid June but will be looking to meet you and your sis. My sis retired April 1st and she may be joining me on one of the work adventures also.
Hope you've got a jacket, it's cold out there today! It was 90 today in FL and will be heading back to Michigan next week and stay till I come out that way. I KNOW it will be warmer out there by then. lol.
At 5:48pm on February 13, 2009, Barb said…
Thanks for all that Sue!! Looking forward to seeing you. I hear Quartzsite isn't that busy this year and I too love that area. There is a golf course in Parker that is the coolest I've ever played.
I will be in the dorm and will get ahold of you before I come out. How long will you be there for? Didn't know you could walk on the heads there but that sounds like an excellent thing to do. Can't wait.
Talk to you then, enjoy AZ!
At 9:48am on December 27, 2008, Deb said…
Hi Sue, hope the holidays good for you. It is pouring down rain here in in Mo., several ice storms, black ice, light snow, wind, deep freeze...all this in December and now...tornado watches and rain and flash flood watches! Weird, weird, weird.

With economy and all I am being very careful about retiring..and taking a seasonal job. It is SO tempting...I have been waiting years for this. I am eligible to retire, but divorced this yr., so really should be prudent for another year or two. I'll pray and wait to get my answer.

In the meantime, what is your advice? Life is so short...my job is one that allows early retirement because it is so demanding...but like I said, the economy, trying to decide to give up a good job when so many have NO job. What do the seasoned pros say? Security or freedom?

Those pics of fireworks are great by the way.
At 8:48pm on November 9, 2008, Ann Carr said…
Great photos.. if you are interested in a retail, do apply at Grand Teton for the 2009 season! Congratulations on finishing your first seasonal job.
 
 
 

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