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March 2009 Blog Posts (42)

Only Three More Days at the Marriott

Only three more days to work at the Marriott!! I'm ready to move on but will miss the people here. I was given a very nice going away dinner last Thursday night. All of my employees here pitched in and bought me a new set of luggage as a parting gift. I was very surprised and happy. I have my apartment until Friday but can't wait to go home for three weeks. I won't have any internet the three weeks that I'm home so I will be out of touch with all of my new coolworks friends. But soon it will be… Continue

Added by Kimberly Barnes on March 29, 2009 at 1:04pm — 1 Comment

Lots of Cool Opportunities after my layoff shock

I just can't believe how well things have worked out for me since being laid off on Feb 2, 2009! I had been doing the same job for nearly 30 years and suddenly it was over. My wife and I happen to have visited Yellowstone in September, 2008 and I had met some folks my same age working at the Lake Lodge there. One of them gave me a card regarding seasonal jobs - which I happened to stumble across just after my layoff. This led me to Coolworks.com and the rest, as they say, is history. I have… Continue

Added by aggie71 on March 29, 2009 at 4:40am — 3 Comments

Being "jerked" around by employer's....again! LOL!

I have had about ten emails for various positions (culinary) scattered about the west and north west.



With absolutely no comittments from any. Its as everyone is waiting to the last minute to make their hiring "run" at the last second. One, informed me that "they" had several resumes and were "gonna" make their minds up soon.



A month later, "they" had "forgot" about me. So, I re-submitted a resume. This time they told me that I was too "High Class" for their restaurant… Continue

Added by Don Talton on March 28, 2009 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Anyone thinking about helping out in Fargo?

I talked with a couple of people up there. It looks like they are gonna need alot of help with the aftermath clean-up! Whats your opinion? Anyone?

Added by Don Talton on March 28, 2009 at 9:22am — No Comments

Will the tourist's come in the numbers this year??

I have said that those with the money will still come. Those on the edge will not!

Added by Don Talton on March 28, 2009 at 8:41am — 2 Comments

Seattle in April

Hey All,



I'm giving a speech in Seattle in April and am looking forward towards seeing Kari and her husband at a wine tasting while I'm there.



To show what a small world this is, when Kari told me about the wine tasting from an area in SE Washington I was dumbfounded when the local paper in this area ran an article on of all people ME that very week. Up until that point I had never heard of the paper or the surrounding towns.



Everyone that attends the convention… Continue

Added by Art Koff on March 28, 2009 at 6:58am — 1 Comment

76 one day

..... and windy snow the next.



Yesterday on my college campus the temperature was around 76, today I got up put on a pair of shorts, a short sleeve shirt, and flip flops. I opened the door and a huge gust of snow blew inside. A snow "storm" blew in over night. While the meteorologists in my area were calling for snow, I had a hard time trusting their predictions because usually you can count on the exact opposite of what they say to happen. You really have to love Texas weather. As… Continue

Added by Carol Golden on March 27, 2009 at 8:59am — No Comments

Yellowstone Friend Heads to Everest Base Camp for 7th Straight Season

Dr. Luanne Freer is a fixture around Yellowstone and at Everest Base Camp. She spends her summers working with the medical services in Yellowstone Park but every spring heads up to 17,000 feet on Mt Everest to setup "Everest ER", a medical clinic in a tent to serve Sherpas and climbers.



She did a ski trip in Yellowstone… Continue

Added by Bill Berg on March 27, 2009 at 8:20am — No Comments

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

I just finished reading Cowboy Ethics: What Wall Street Can Learn From The Code Of The West by James P. Owen.



It was meant for Wall Street and I am sooo far removed from that locale, but I think the ideals fit great with the seasonal lifestyle. The Code was never written down for cowboys to follow. It is more of a compilation from many sources that Owen places in ten ideas. It applies to the working cowboy, not really to the infamous gunslingers of the time.



Now I… Continue

Added by Keith Larson on March 26, 2009 at 10:41pm — No Comments

Jackson WY?

Hey everyone. I'm about to go work a seasonal job at a place called Dornan's near Grand Teton Nat. Park, right outside of Jakson WY. Anyone ever been there, have any advice or experiential info they could share with me?

Added by Rachel Ryan on March 25, 2009 at 9:38am — 3 Comments

Yellowstone Summer 2009

i just got hired to work at yellowstone for the summer and i have no clue what to expect!! like what should i pack and what will the weather be like? im nervous but i know it will be amazing! i will be there from july 14th till october 1st so any advice would be great! thank you!

Added by Sarah Johanson on March 24, 2009 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Afghanistan

I was recruited to Afghanistan for the purpose of converting a large NATO dining facility from Euro-centric to a more American style of cuisine. The problem was once I got here the company could not provide any American brand product. Things we take for granted in the States like smoked bacon, or brown sugar were not to be found. Aside from that, this is a war zone -- we always had shortages of every kind. I became the king of substitutions...



Even with the supply-side shortcomings… Continue

Added by Michael Callahan on March 22, 2009 at 9:58pm — 2 Comments

Telecommunication & internet access in Yellowstone.

My friend from West Yellowstone told me (she works for Xanterra):



There is a cell phone tower at Old Faithful, another at Grant, one up on Bunsen Peak, and one on Mt. Washburn. Lake Village doesn't currently have cell phone reception. Xanterra has wireless in the dorms, and a comptuer or two for employee use.



Here's what my employer (DNC) said :)



The main dormitory at each location has been wired for WIFI reception. Our computer department will need to get some… Continue

Added by Ryne. on March 20, 2009 at 7:18pm — No Comments

What to pack

Traveling to Yellowstone

Yellowstone is very remote, so it takes some time to travel to the park. There are no big cities nearby.



Please travel to Bozeman, Montana by bus or airplane.

Unless you're a strong swimmer, you will be flying into the U.S. The fastest and easiest way to get to Bozeman, Montana, is to fly all the way, but Bozeman has a small airport and flights can be expensive. Most students choose to fly to a larger city and take the Greyhound Bus to Bozeman. Be… Continue

Added by Ryne. on March 20, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Picasso Is My Hero

The guy had audacity. Unlike most artists, his work was admired and sought after while he was still alive.
His sculptures grace prominent places and defy commonality.
He said,"I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them."

Refusing to live a common or mediocre life, I'm following my dream with an audacious move: seasonal work all over the place!

"I am always doing things I can't do, that's how I get to do them."--Picasso

Yup, me too, Pablito.

Added by Carol on March 20, 2009 at 1:09pm — No Comments

Alaska Summer of '09

So I am heading up to Alaska in May. I am going to be working my second season at The Mckinley Village Lodge or as Blasi would put it "Were all the cool people work" as the AM Lead cook. I am super excited because this year we will be getting a new building, restaurant and bar, coffee corner, retail shop and kitchen. Everything points to a great season. Which also means fun times like a lot more Bonfires by the River, late night beer runs into town, crazy nights at the Salmon Bake, tons of… Continue

Added by jenn on March 20, 2009 at 12:10am — No Comments

Seasonal Work Strategies

I thought I would write a blog on some of the differing summer work strategies I’ve seen over the years. Some are good and some are bad, but they are popular. I see them every summer. Hopefully you can create a strategy for yourself that includes much of the good and very little of the bad.



1. The Early Bird – this strategy focuses on your first month at your new job. Most seasonal jobs come with various discounts. The Early Bird tries to use every discount they have in their first… Continue

Added by Rick Peterson on March 19, 2009 at 7:17pm — 9 Comments

On the real benefits of a seasonal job, Part II

...so I'm thinking again about other things I love about working seasonal....and I think back to my brief (two DAYS!) stint in college. It wasn't for me. I discovered that I learn best by doing, not by trying to stuff bookloads (though I love to read, how ironic is that!?) of information into my head plus do homework in short periods of time. I don't "roll that way". It was eye-opening for me, and a bit stressful at the time I made the decision to quit school. Society tells us a number of… Continue

Added by Kate on March 19, 2009 at 1:58pm — 6 Comments

To anyone travelling from the Southeast this summer.

If you are headed for Interstates 40 or 55 and traveling through AL and/or MS on AL 78, look out for signs for Appalachian Project Corridor X. They are blue signs, kind of like an alternate route sign. This brand new road will ultimately be designated as Interstate 22, but obviously that has not yet happened. The road is an Interstate by any other name: the brand new parts are 6 lane nicely graded blacktop, older portions are still 4 lane and concrete in places, but it has very light traffic,… Continue

Added by Janette on March 17, 2009 at 10:47pm — No Comments

What's it like to work inDeath Valley at Furnace Creek??

Can somebody tell this no-good has-been what it's like to work at the Furnace Creek Inn?
(besides the fact that there are no paparazzi around to watch me smoke 80 spliffs per day)

Thank You,
Nick N.

Added by Nick on March 17, 2009 at 1:58pm — 1 Comment

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