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At 10:47pm on March 15, 2009, Erin said…
The internet situation is definitely patchy in the rooms. There are some places like the rec room and the main lodge building that get a consistent connection but the rooms aren't always great.
At 10:18pm on March 10, 2009, Erin said…
I'm 26
At 10:06pm on March 10, 2009, Erin said…
Haha, don't worry. I have nothing to do until May. If you love camping and being outdoors, you will have plenty to keep you busy. I don't even know where to start, but DEFINITELY bring a sleeping bag if you have one. People are really cool about lending out extra camping gear if you don't have a tent or bag.

As far as clothes, it's tough because you have to pack for everything. We have some really cold weather, and some really nice weather and it rains quite a bit, too. I would recommend bringing more long-sleeved shirts and pants but t-shirts and maybe some shorts as well. Bring winter clothes for nights when we have bonfires because it can get really cold at night. When we get up there, there will probably still be snow on the ground.

It wouldn't hurt to bring something nice along because you never know if you're going to want to eat at the fine dining restaurant or go out in Anchorage, etc.

WOW, I'm writing you a novel. Sorry!
At 9:58pm on March 10, 2009, Erin said…
No, nowhere to swim unfortunately. I guess I HAVE swum in the lake but it's REALLY cold even on the warmest days.
At 9:52pm on March 10, 2009, Erin said…
There are two different "neighborhoods" of employee housing but they're within a few minute walk of each other. There are four six buildings total (I think) plus a few trailers which are also nice because with them you get your own bathroom.

Your roommate is picked for you unless you request someone specific. I think you're usually paired with someone who works in the same department so that you have somewhat similar sleeping schedules.

The gym has some weights and treadmills but it's definitely not big enough for gymnastics :)

There's so much to do on your days off but unfortunately it's really easy to spend them sleeping and being lazy. If you get a chance you should look up Talkeetna. You'll probably spend many a day off there.

Are you into camping?
At 9:34pm on March 10, 2009, Erin said…
This will be my fourth summer. Employee housing is actually pretty good. You'll share a room with one other person and in most cases your room will share a bathroom (shower and toilet) with one other room.

Each of the buildings is a little different but all the rooms come with beds, dressers, a closet, and a sink. Some of the rooms have a small table, night stands, or bedside lamps.

The rooms have cable but no tvs so some people bring them or buy them once they're there.

Let's see... There's a rec room with vending machines, a work-out room, tv, dvd player and some movies and games. Also, each of the buildings has a free laundry room with detergent included.

There's also a basketball hoop and softball/soccer field. Anything I forgot?
At 7:26pm on March 10, 2009, Erin said…
There are two bars. One is attached to the Alaskan Grill and the other is the Grizzly Bar where I work. We're definitely allowed to eat and drink there and both bars get pretty full of employees in the evening.
At 5:51pm on March 10, 2009, Erin said…
There are way more new employees than returning, so most people are in the same boat. You'll meet tons of people.
At 5:08pm on March 10, 2009, Erin said…
I work at the Grizzly Bar. Have you ever been to Alaska before?
At 5:00pm on March 10, 2009, Erin said…
The McKinley Princess as well. But I mean which department will you be working in? Food and Beverage, Transportation, Bell Staff?
At 4:27pm on March 10, 2009, Erin said…
No, I haven't lived there for a few years but I get back every once in awhile. Where will you be working?
At 3:47pm on March 10, 2009, Erin said…
Hi, Brandon! I noticed that you're from Las Cruces and I'm wondering if you're coming with Kara's group or on your own. I went to school at NMSU and there are actually quite a few of us at the Lodge from the area.
At 1:38pm on March 9, 2009, Rick Peterson said…
You should mail back the packet because the HR people need originals for your record.
At 12:46am on March 9, 2009, Tommy said…
Hello Brandon welcome to the MPL team. I noticed you were from Las Cruces, NM I have family there. Haven't been though in at least a decade.
At 4:32pm on March 6, 2009, Rick Peterson said…
Welcome to MyCoolworks and soon to MPL. I look forward to meeting you.

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