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I was a bit worried five years ago about how to spend all the time between gigs.  Well, actually the time was not the concern...but how to afford all the time.  I have a big six days again between exit and arrival.  One whole week without working.

I was attempting to get another week in there and found a company that was OK with that, but I decided I'd rather be there at least a little before the opening.

My last day of my last season at the Kay El Bar will be around 5 pm on May 3rd.  I have an overnight flight (Delta) leaving Phoenix at 11:30, a couple hour layover in Detroit and will arrive in Green Bay, Wisconsin around 9:30 am on the fourth.  I have made a commitment to at stop in DePere for at least a couple of days between jobs.  My mother lives there, she will be 85 this year...she's relatively healthy and the century mark is not uncommon in my genes but I'd feel really crappy about myself just in case...yadda yadda yadda...

She doesn't have much room i her small apartment and I'd feel more comfortable stretched out, so I have a room at the Kress Inn.  I'm there until early afternoon on the 6th, when I catch a flight to Vegas...with a 3-hour layover in Minneapolis.  Really enjoy Vegas, and it's kinda a cheap stop, but after a couple of hours wait I will be catching a shuttle to St. George, Utah...arriving early morning on the 7th.

I have a room at HoJo's...I'll be picking up a few items at the store and then just checking the town out on Sunday.  Monday, the 9th, I will be catching a ride to the North Rim to start work on the 10th.

I'm thinking I'll have more time off in the fall.


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Comment by Nancy B. on May 6, 2011 at 8:05pm
I hesitate to apply at ski resorts for three reasons:  1) often very limited or no housing; 2) I'm in my 60s and I figure they would want to hire 'babes' for the front of the house f&b jobs at ski resorts (not that I'm not adorable...), and 3) I have to see how well I handle this summer job at's been years since I worked split shifts in f&b as a server.  I could probably get management, but I'd rather work the floor.  I should know in fairly quick order, I imagine.  I should look for winter jobs in July/Aug/Sept., got it.  I'd very much like to try Yosemite in the winter.  It is so gorgeous there...yeah, I know....tents!  In winter...tents!  Any suggestions (assuming I run circles around this kids this summer...)?
Comment by Keith Larson on May 6, 2011 at 7:56pm

Seasonal year round is good for me.  So far the problem has mainly been not enough time between gigs, not too much time.  But a big part of that is one of my seasons was longer than most (the ranch).  I have three ski resorts and three other options that I'm looking at first for next winter...but that might be open for other options before July/Aug/Sep...

Comment by Nancy B. on May 6, 2011 at 6:18pm

Thanks for bringing this subject up, Keith.  For a while I considered just storing my studio apt and trying to work seasonal year-round...but that might be more than I can chew right now.  I have seen a lot of neat furnished rentals, many that can be short-term.  Have you considered such an arrangement?


Comment by Keith Larson on May 6, 2011 at 10:59am
No real plans yet for the winter.  I'm not returning to the Kay El Bar next season...just time to move on.  I have a couple of ideas...but I'm open to suggestions too.
Comment by Kathi on May 4, 2011 at 10:19pm

Hey Keith - Curious if you have something lined up for next winter yet? Back to the Kay el Bar or? I may have an idea for you if you're looking for a new gig.

Comment by Keith Larson on April 29, 2011 at 1:11pm
One edit.  We'll actually be done a little faster.  Sometime on the 2nd.  I'm one of those strange ones that actually prefer using public transportation, so I'll be taking the Phoenix bus system to the airport.  It takes awhile, but I usually enjoy the trip.  They have a small rural connector that serves Wickenburg, heads to Wittman and through Sun City and Surprise before pulling into the Arrowhead Mall.  I want to add the light rail system in so I'll be transferring to the Bell Road route and then to 19th Ave to catch the rail to the airport.  It takes about 4 hours.

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