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I make lists. Lots of lists. Of course I usually lose them. My children were at Yellowstone last year, so they have told me what to bring, but somehow, I suspect they have left something out. Would the "mature" workers out there let me know the one thing they wish they had dragged along. I will be driving, so have a little more room. I know about shower shoes and that kind of thing. Planning is part of the fun to me.

Please stop by at my blog . Let me know what you think. The main reason I will be working at OFI is that I have some chance of getting an internet connection through Verizon. My goal is to fine tune my writing.

Thanks, you wonderful people.

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Comment by Shannon on April 10, 2010 at 9:01pm
not as far as I know. they had taken out the free internet. Even better, wouldn't you know, it's not even an American company.
Comment by Judy Demick on April 10, 2010 at 4:39pm
So there's no free internet connection anymore? I was hoping that I could use it some to save me from going over my Verizon limit. Verizon doesn't have an unlimited plan anymore and blogging can use up a lot of minutes. My sons did warn me that the internet last year wasn't great, so wasn't planning on being able to use it much anyway, but rats!
Comment by Shannon on April 9, 2010 at 7:00pm
Since you will have your own connection to internet, this won't apply to you, but for others, they are not planning on having free internet any longer. They contracted with a company for internet that will be charging $30 a month per person. They tested it over the winter and hope they get it fixed or not going to be willing to pay as it was horrible.
Comment by Jon Tilley on April 4, 2010 at 5:06pm
Mine is "who" and "whom". I can never remember the rules for correct usage.
Comment by Judy Demick on April 4, 2010 at 3:58pm
O.K. Point taken. I've been out of college too long. I should have known better. I will forever remember bring and take.

Comment by Jon Tilley on April 4, 2010 at 1:04pm
"Whether you use bring or take depends on your point of reference for the action. The quick and dirty tip is that you ask people to bring things to the place you are, and you take things to the place you are going. As one listener named Simone put it, you bring things here and take things there. For example, I would ask Aardvark to bring Squiggly to my party next week, and then Aardvark would call Squiggly and ask, 'May I take you to Grammar Girl's party?'"
-some website

Sorry, but it bugs the hell out of me.
Comment by Marie on April 1, 2010 at 3:22pm
You say shower shoes. Do you mean flip flops? Is there filtered drinking water at Mammoth?
Comment by Judy Demick on March 23, 2010 at 4:35am
Thanks Rich. No, I wasn't bringing a refrigerator. My car will be full enough without that and I'm pretty sure they wouldn't tolerate one at OF. I wonder if people realize that if they start the season at other locations, they will be moving as the season winds down. My younger son started at Canyon, I think, and moved several times before he left. Are you working until October this year? If so, maybe we will meet when you end up at OF.
Comment by Rich on March 23, 2010 at 1:00am
I'll be at Canyon Village this year, but I worked the last half of last season at OF Snow Lodge. The dorms and employee recreation activities and the employee dining were better at OF. I just like the canyon area itself more than OF. To me, OF itself gets a little boring. Sure, there are tons of other thermal features and endless hiking nearby, but the canyon captivates me every time I see it. As for Aggie's comment re: a dorm fridge, before lugging something that big along, you might want to double check with HR to see if it's allowed. I was in Obsidian dorm while working at OFSL, and in that building they were a little lenient on having appliances, but other dorm buildings are older, probably not up to modern electrical and fire codes, and have stricter rules. If nothing else, if they say no, it's better to get past the disappointment now, than to face it when you arrive with a large or beloved appliance.
And for the record, I work for Xanterra, and assume if you're at OFI that you are too. If you happen to be going to work for DNC or YPSS, rules and restrictions may vary.
Comment by aggie71 on March 20, 2010 at 6:08am
As mentioned in another recent comment, I would bring a dorm style mini-fridge (because I happen to own one). Last year all I brought was an ice chest which is pretty useless in a dorm room because it is prohibitive expensive to keep the thing full of ice. It can actually get fairly warm in August when a cool drink in the dorm is a huge comfort.

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