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March 2008 Blog Posts (20)

"Into the Wild" A great adventure on Alaska

I've recently watched this movie and i really enjoyed, i found it inspirational, and heartbraking at the same time, Have you seen it? Did you enjoy it? I did not liked the way it ends, but this is a true story, Couldn't ask for more! - This is the story of Christopher McCandless.



Into The Wild

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 29 nominations - Directed by Sean Penn



INTO THE WILD is based on a true story and… Continue

Added by Ramon R on March 30, 2008 at 1:00am — 5 Comments

whoa!! winter is over, I think!

it is Saturday, March 29 and it's a beautiful day, I just hope it sticks. for the last couple of months we were pounded with snow, while great for snowboarding and snowshoeing was murder for travelling. So, I didn't get to go snowboarding much because I was shoveling out my driveway most of the time. I live in the city and I have to drive 2 hours west to go snowboarding. But, now that the snow is melting I can go hiking at grant park tommorrow. YEAH!!!!!!

Added by B_monkey on March 29, 2008 at 3:16pm — No Comments

My List of Underappreciated Things

I thought I would write another random blog post that had nothing to do with work. I want to thank everyone for their feedback and comments on my blogs. I love getting it. I had a lot of great feedback from my "Odds and Ends" blog so I thought I would do a listing of some things that I feel are very underappreciated. At the end of this, let me know what you think are some underappreciated things.



1. The Cow -- I really think the cow is underappreciated. Without this animal we would… Continue

Added by Rick Peterson on March 27, 2008 at 10:29pm — 6 Comments

Life can be funny.

I'm a man of God and have been for sometime now, one who has chosen to listen to his requests. The request of following his will.



This is something I dont talk about often nor do I often share such feelings with others, however I find it time to share what I have been doing out here in Montana.



I have had several promotions with-in the company starting in a lowly postion of pure hatred and depression to a postion that was fun and joyful with a good boss, though the job was… Continue

Added by Dave on March 25, 2008 at 2:40am — No Comments

Alaska

So, I feel drawn to Alaska. Deep within something is calling. I've never been. I just know it will change my life. Any suggestions?

Added by Andrew on March 24, 2008 at 9:45pm — 12 Comments

The Battle of the E's

I interview many people who think they should get the job because they have experience. I hire many people because they are enthusiastic about their jobs. So there in lies the Battle of the E's, what is more valuable: Experience or Enthusiasm? I hope you noticed the italics in the first two sentences. Experience may get you an interview, enthusiasm will get you hired.



Seasonal jobs by their very nature require constant training. The jobs start and end each year, and new… Continue

Added by Rick Peterson on March 23, 2008 at 10:57pm — 10 Comments

Growing up on the water.

Having been born two feet from the ocean, I have had close ties to the water all my life. The Atlantic Ocean is not only a majestic sight when the swells crash onto the shore, it's also a way of life for coastal Maine towns. My upbringing was no exception with my father being a lobster fisherman. Well, having said this, I have also always had a fondness for boats of all types. A few years ago, I had the opportunity to ride aboard the "Katahdin" on Moosehead Lake and I wanted to tell you a… Continue

Added by Jeremiah on March 22, 2008 at 1:49pm — No Comments

How will I get around?

I thought I would take a moment and briefly mention one of the things that separates Acadia National Park from others. That is, the Island Explorer bus system. After reading about other National Parks and how secluded they are from civilization, I began to be thankful for the accessiblity of where I work. The Island Explorer, through several grants and donations from big companies like L.L. Bean, runs all over Mount Desert Island. So, even though you are living and working inside a National… Continue

Added by Jeremiah on March 22, 2008 at 1:31pm — 5 Comments

"Environmentally Friendly" Lipservice

Why do you go to work every day? This seems to be a question that is becoming increasingly more complex as the world around us changes. It used to be the answers to this were very straightforward. They included money to pay bills, respect of peers, good benefits (health insurance) etc. But with the shrinking of the world, people are becoming much more aware of their individual impact on the global community. With this awareness comes the desire to change that impact. A recent survey found that… Continue

Added by Jeremiah on March 22, 2008 at 1:19pm — 2 Comments

What's a "Glacial Erratic"?

Well, I am so glad you asked, Virginia! (Flashback to A Christmas Story) Some of my favorite things in this world are the little miracles of nature. They just happen to show up through no work of man. These little nifty things are becoming few and far between these days. (Wow, I just felt a million years old! Who says "nifty" anymore - wierdo.) I have had the pleasure of seeing "The Old Man of the Mountain" (now deceased) in NH, "Elephant Rock" off… Continue

Added by Jeremiah on March 21, 2008 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Statement of Purpose

So, my goal in the writing and infrequent updating of this blog will be to inspire you to come experience the joys of Acadia National Park. I will be writing about my experiences this season with the fabulous Acadia Corporation, and various activities in the surounding area. First, a plug for A-Corp. - "literally" the best company I have ever worked for! They don't screw you on your housing, they pay an above average rate, and the management team is the best! Ok, so maybe I'm part of the… Continue

Added by Jeremiah on March 21, 2008 at 11:06pm — No Comments

Mesa Verde... My story

Ok, well for the first time thanks to Coolworks I'm going to be able to tell my story in my own words.

I'm going to work at Mesa Verde National Park for my fourth season.

Background check....

Mesa Verde is a National Park that was founded (for those who don't know) on a group of cliff dwellings that were built by the Anasazi (the Ancient Ones).

Growing up in Cortez Colorado, I've had a unique opportunity to study this culture. (My family ownes several acres of ruins of which… Continue

Added by Erick The Red on March 21, 2008 at 2:40pm — No Comments

The Top 5 Mistakes Seasonal Workers Make

It is great seeing the members of MyCoolworks excited about finding their seasonal jobs for the summer or fall. I remember the feeling you get in the pit of your stomach as you prepare for your adventure. I worked seasonally in Alaska for 4 summers, in jobs ranging from bell staff to housekeeping to front desk. For the past 4 years I have been on the other end of the spectrum as a seasonal hiring manager. I get the cool feeling of making people's dreams come true in a way by hiring them to come… Continue

Added by Rick Peterson on March 20, 2008 at 2:11pm — 6 Comments

Rainy day and too much time....

So as I sit here listening to the rain attacking the skylights of the house, and the constant rumbling of thunder in the background I spend this lazy afternoon fumbling around on here looking at old forum post's and the old cool works forums (of which i was a huge fan of, compared to this new style. But that's neither here nor there, just MHO) I am reminded of a conversation I had with my soon to be employer during my last phone interview with him. He asked what i knew about the place and if i… Continue

Added by AlaskaBound! on March 18, 2008 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

A Stroke of Insight

Watch this video - really. It's remarkable.



"Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened -- as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding -- she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one… Continue

Added by Bill Berg on March 16, 2008 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

Odds and Ends

Hide the women and children because I have decided to blog tonight. I have decided to forgo my usual blog attempts at having a cohesive, logical theme and instead will be documenting some odds and ends about yours truly. You see, I am sitting alone in Alaska because my wife is out of town. I am a little depressed and cannot seem to coordinate my thoughts. Instead, I have lots of thoughts all jumbled up at once. So I will unjumble them in the blog. Perhaps I can give you something to think about… Continue

Added by Rick Peterson on March 14, 2008 at 11:12pm — 3 Comments

The Importance of Friends

One interesting side effect of working in the seasonal job market is that you end each year with a new group of friends, most of whom you may never see again. This is not for lack of wanting, but simply due to every 3rd graders favorite subject, geography. Most of your interaction with these people will now be done via e-mail, networking sites like MyCoolworks, the telephone, and possibly letters. Hopefully you also have those rare opportunities to travel and see each other as well, though for… Continue

Added by Rick Peterson on March 12, 2008 at 2:26pm — 1 Comment

trying to decide

So I work for my father at his towing company in southern cali and have worked here for four years. I am having a problem decideing what to do. College has never really been an idea I was keen on, it is true that it's not for everyone, and I don't want to take over the family business. I am sick of this area due mostly to the smog and drag of living in a large city like san bernardino. I need to find a job where I can take my car with me, that pays decent and that is year round incase I fall in… Continue

Added by Mary on March 9, 2008 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

my brothers' adventure

Today I said farewells to my young brother, for he is off to the Army. As I watched him go, I remember being in his place 25 years ago. The pride, fear, relief, joy, uncertainty, I could only imagine what he was feeling. He is about to embark on his journey to adulthood in a major way. He will be sorely tested. It is going to be an adventure for him...hopefully a safe one.



What will he be like the next time I see him? When will that be? For how long? Will it be? These questions don't… Continue

Added by akscootr on March 5, 2008 at 4:52pm — 4 Comments

Anxious for summer season!

Funny. I thought it would take several weeks after leaving my job at Grand Canyon South Rim for me to even want to think about what lies ahead. I had already accepted my next assignment, retail associate at Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton NP, before leaving, but I didn't really know much about it except for the stunning images I've seen of the area.

But I went ahead and posted a thread asking about working for GTLC, and so far I have heard nothing but positive replies! It sounds like a… Continue

Added by Tammy W on March 2, 2008 at 9:16am — No Comments

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