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Just a quick little blog.

Between jobs I usually make a stop to see my mother.  She's 87 and for the most part healthy.  But this stop I felt she was looking like she's slowing down.  Compared to many her age, she's probably doing much better, so there might not be much to my concern.

For two weeks I was having communication problems with the employer that I was looking at spending the winter season.  That's not the greatest sign, and most of seasonal work is gut feeling...both sides, hiring and agreeing to a job. I thought about looking somewhere else.

While I was at Concordia, a brother-in-law passed.  It wasn't unexpected, and he didn't want to have a funeral so I didn't rush home.  While I was here, a grand nephew was rushed to a Children's Hospital with a case of toxic shock syndrome.  Needless to is probably more on my mind now than in any other of my seasonal years.

I have decided to stay in Oshkosh for the winter...maybe extending that to a year.

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Comment by Keith Larson on January 7, 2014 at 11:24am

At first local employers were balking at the number of jobs I have had over the past several years.  The BIG problem when you go from years of working seasonally to a "real" world opportunity.  I told the person who did hire me I would be looking to stay a full year.  The wanderlust is really itching though already.  I know I would not be able to remain the entire summer and be anywhere close to happy...not even just satisfied.

I made the decision today.  Hey, it's my birthday...I can do something for me especially today!  I will be returning for another summer season in Cooper Landing as the Lead Breakfast Cook for Alaska Wildland Adventures based at their Kenai Riverside Lodge.  It will be my third summer there.  I'll also be helping the fishing guides a little more...while increasing my fish filleting skills.  A couple of the raft guides have also told me they will teach me more about rowing.

Hopefully I will continue to have many more wildlife sightings...more like sightings though not so much as close encounters.

Comment by Nancy B. on January 2, 2014 at 3:20pm


Good to be close to home sometimes, for you especially now. Please keep writing while at home?  I'll read anything you write!  Write about your town, the people, changes, things that don't change...   I wish you well.  

Comment by Steve Golightly on November 5, 2013 at 12:19pm

Hi, Keith.

I hope it all works out for you. I know that whenever I've traveled, I've always enjoyed returning home. Best of luck.

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