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interesting work ideas for the traveler

I was researching a website for a cross-country bike trip and came across this web-page with suggestions for working while on the road. It fits in with seasonal work, so I thought I would share it. Cheers :0)

Added by akscootr on October 4, 2009 at 4:55pm — 1 Comment

bats in the belfry

Yep..We had a bat dive-bombing the customers and the employees at the restaurant last night. It was hilarious! I love this place... too much fun. I hope you all are having as good a season as I am. :0)

Added by akscootr on May 28, 2009 at 1:54pm — 1 Comment

Our Inspirations

Every now and then we are lucky enough to meet someone who inspires us to dream of something... Willie is that kind of friend. With many stories of his sailing adventures in S.E. Alaska he inspired me to try the adventure of living on a sailboat in S.E. Alaska. He is a great friend to many and a main reason I loved living in Juneau so much. He is the kind of "old salt" character everyone hopes to meet in Alaska.

He died last night. It re-reminded me why it is so important to LIVE and to… Continue

Added by akscootr on April 18, 2009 at 8:08am — 1 Comment

Old faithful music players

Will there be anyone bringing a music instrument with them to Old Faithful? Especially harmonicas and guitars... and would you be willing to do some teaching?

Added by akscootr on March 15, 2009 at 10:06pm — No Comments

Chat withdrawals

For all of those who are suffering from the chat withdrawals... How about using a general chat system until this one is fixed or is no longer intermittent. I have AIM and Myspace chat... Tell me what you think. I am open to anything that all can agree on...

Added by akscootr on February 27, 2009 at 1:21pm — 2 Comments

overseas work

I just saw this interesting article about overseas employment... Just a new twist to coolworks :0)

Added by akscootr on February 5, 2009 at 12:26am — 2 Comments

Homer's Eagle Lady

I woke up to the news this morning that Homer's famous Eagle Lady had died last night @ 85. She fed Eagles for years on the Homer Spit; She even had a personal spot at Lands End Resort reserved for her. She was sick for a good part of the summer... but blessed to be where she loved to be. See this news link to learn a little bit about this unique lady who so loved the eagles and made Homer Spit a special spot for photographers. We will miss… Continue

Added by akscootr on January 15, 2009 at 9:22am — 1 Comment

Termination dust

I was driving from Soldotna to Girdwood last night and I see termination dust (first snow) all over the mountains (technically, the first snow was in July). Ski season is on the way! :0) I love Alaska!!!

Added by akscootr on September 21, 2008 at 11:07am — No Comments

a story for the new Coolworkers

For those who are nervous about their upcoming adventures, I copied, modified, and pasted this from a note I wrote a friend the other day.

One day I was somewhere near Imperial, MO. at a fruit orchard with a friend and talking about our various travels. The owner, who seemed to have everything one could ever want, started crying. I thought I had upset her somehow, but I hadn't. Why was she crying? She had never left Imperial, not even to go to St. Louis. So she had a lot of THINGS, but had… Continue

Added by akscootr on April 12, 2008 at 8:29am — 9 Comments

Curious Deer in Olympic National Park

I decided to check out the park and enjoy some of the snow falling there yesterday. I saw deer so I stopped the car & turned it off to watch them... They were completely unafraid. Two approached the car so closely I could have reached through the window and touch them if I wanted to. I could see curiosity in their eyes as they looked me over. I softly spoke to them and it seemed as if they were listening.

It was magical... this is why I have remained a coolworker for so long. It is why… Continue

Added by akscootr on April 10, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

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

more decisions...


I'm hanging out at a local Douglas spot called Louie's when a man sitting next to me started to ask me about fishing. After explaining to him that I had no commercial experience but I dream of fishing for a living (and that I'm trying for a crab-fishing job for the winter), I was offered a position as a crew member. I found out from several friends that the man has an excellent reputation as fair and very capable.... He is willing to teach everything from the basics to driving the… Continue

Added by akscootr on June 14, 2007 at 9:16pm — 3 Comments

Livin' out of a car

Many people have a hard time believing that someone would actually live out of a car so I have decided to write about it. The responses I get range from "Bloody Hell!" to "you poor thing" ... it cracks me up :0). It isn't so bad living out of a car (only the endless Alaska sunlight shining through the windows makes it hard to sleep). Sleeping in the car is a great way to put away cash by low cost of living combined with tips. Some new pics are on the way to show the car I live out of.

Last… Continue

Added by akscootr on June 9, 2007 at 6:56pm — 3 Comments

Job changes?

I had promised myself to make the sometimes painfull decision to leave the workplace this summer if it wasn't working out instead of trying to stick it out as I always have before. It was the right thing to do :0).... I was forced to choose between my initial employer and my second one last night.

I often wonder why an employer thinks that a seasonal employee will be as "trapped" as a 9-5er in a position when they are not being fair or honest. I am now in a much smaller and less fancy…


Added by akscootr on May 28, 2007 at 12:33am — 1 Comment


Yes! There is sun in Juneau... I know 'cause I saw it today :0). I hear the King Salmon are coming in... time to go fishing... The sailboats are out also. I think they are sooo cool because many here live on them. It can be a comfortable (and inexpensive) home, transportation, and the ticket to many tasty fishies. Often one doesn't even need fuel because the wind does the work for you.... a great concept. "Live, Laugh, Love".... I don't know who said that but they were right.… Continue

Added by akscootr on May 1, 2007 at 7:50pm — 3 Comments

bonfire days

I was just resting in my car by the beach yesterday reading a book on pre-historic America when I heard a knock on my window. It was a young lady and her boyfriend inviting me to join her and her boyfriend to their bonfire. Ahhh... those friendly Alaskans. It was cool. Her name was Ashley and he Matt... it turns out she has taken most of the pics on the Sheldon-Jackson college website. Beautifull places seem to produce many photographers.... and cool people. smiles to everyone... :0)

Added by akscootr on April 30, 2007 at 3:08pm — 1 Comment


I felt tired today... Finding a place to live in Juneau is like pulling teeth and the hostel allows only a five-day stay. It was discouraging and bummed me out because I there is no way I was going to stay at the homeless shelter. I'm gainfully employed.... not hopeless (that is the environment of a shelter in my opinion and once a long time ago, experience). So I bought a cheap car to at least stay dry and to store my stuff. To test the car, I drove it across the bridge to Douglas Island and… Continue

Added by akscootr on April 21, 2007 at 1:29pm — 3 Comments

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