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So I have been home for a week now and living under my parents roof. It's SO BORING and time seems to be going by much too slow. I leave on the 15th for Alaska and it feels like a lifetime away. I have no job and most of my friends work full time here, so I sit at home all day. I have to say I have watched more tv than I ever have. It's also hotter than hell in Orlando already, I went to the beach yestersday and it was well into the 90's. The tourists are starting to swarm towards the parks again, which I hate more than anything. I can't wait to spend a summer in cool weather and a remote location. Of course, there will be tourists, but nothing like the kind that come to Disneyworld and Universal Studios. It's going to be such a great change.
However, as my departure is drawing near, I'm a little nervous. I have no idea what to expect, because this is my first ever seasonal job. I am throwing myself into a very new place with what will at first be strangers. Am I equipped to handle all of this for almost five months? I am confident in my success, but my anxiety seems to grab a hold of me now and again.
Basically, I wish I was leaving for Alaska tomorrow, :)

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Comment by AlaskaBound! on May 6, 2008 at 1:03am
Expect a great team atmosphere, where the work is hard but the play is the equal. Expect great leadership and real people. Understand that it isn't the Hilton. Think about the fact that you are closer to Russia than you are your home town. Think about writing some one act plays to carry out on the huge stage Bob and I have built. Think about never having to say "what if". Mostly what I am saying is don't be nervous, and bring a great attitude and your summer will be great! You are coming to one of the most amazing places I have ever seen, and some people will never get see it. And even if after the summer is over and you go out and get a "real" job and live the cookie cutter life you will always be able to say that you moved 4000 miles away and spent the most amazing four months of your life in Alaska. So welcome to the club. See ya in a few short weeks.
Comment by Nicholle on May 5, 2008 at 11:50pm
I leave the 15th as well! Unfortunately, I feel like I'm trying to squeeze every last drop of time imaginable so that I can get everything done! I get into Anchorage at 5:30 that evening, what about you? I will be spending about 4 days in Anchorage before heading to the lodge (about 20 miles outside of Cooper Landing), so if you're there, doing the same, let me know and we can find something fun to do in Anchorage (among getting last minute supplies, since I'm so far out from anything!)
Comment by akscootr on May 5, 2008 at 9:15pm
Expect excited and adventurous people just like yourself. Expect crowds of fishermen (but walk 1 mile into the woods, and nothing...) You will make friends that will last for life: I can tell you this from personal experience. Email me if you want a couple of personal stories regarding that last statement. There is hiking galore, Salmonberries (don't try to compete with the bears for them :0) ... and make noise if you are picking them). Cooper Landing, according to polls, has the most satisfied population in Alaska. You could not have chosen a better spot... Girdwood is not far away and will have the Blueberry festival and Forest Fest. If you can get to the Forest Fest... You must Go!!! Trust me... ;)0
Hope nearby is an awsome small town. So is Homer South of you... no need for nerves: you will lose your hair. If the bartender who loves Homer Simpson is still @ Gwins, would you please tell me? She always made me laugh.... Peace... good luck...

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