Living & Working in Great Places
Now the first time I got a job @ GCSR(Grand Canyon South Rim...for all you newbies) I had been living in a strangers house with no real job at all, in Tampa,FL. I had been bouncing around from place to place & state to state for awhile. Which was fine with me back then. I usually only stayed somewhere for 2-3 months at a time. Something always came up and I was forced to move on. But moving on so much had it's advantages...you didn't collect alot of stuff and you never got to know anyone long enough to miss them after you left.
From April 2005-march 2007, I found myself in situations where I did not have to pay any rent at all. Good thing seeing as a few temp jobs never lasted long enough to pay rent anywhere. Believe me there are alot of sites online to look for room-mates and not all roomies expect alot of rent..some just want a house sitter, or a home health aide, or a dog-walker or whatever...course some are just plain creepy too. Pretty sure that the Salvation Army Homeless Shelter was better then my "Live-In Nanny" job.
So when I got accepted for a job the first time at GCSR, I didn't have an 'end-of-contract' date. So when the initial 3-4 months were up....the time alot of seasonal jobs end; I was surprised that I was still there. Surprised that I hadn't messed up and gotten fired and surprised that I hadn't gotten ticked off at someone and quit. I consider myself very lucky to have gotten the job at GCSR. Somehow I found a way to fit in...in a location that most of you call "seasonal". It's a location that I call HOME!
Now alot of you will work a 3-4 month season and then spend the rest of the year at home waiting for your next working season. Obviously as I get older, I am not as good as finding a place to live after leaving a seasonal job so I guess I like having my home & my season all in the same place. I may hate the heat, I ain't to crazy about all the managers, I don't like having a roomie...BUT I love the security of knowing I can afford rent so I know where I will be sleeping for the night, week,& month.
So say what you want about Xanterra and sure I might have my complaints too..but the fact is without Xanterra, I would not have been a very happy camper these last 5 years. So I start back with Xanterra on July 16th. (even though I did apply to DNC also but have not heard back from them..DNC has better housing) And thank God my brother is paying for my plane ticket too :)