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Hurry up and wait

Monday, March 03, 2014      2 comments

Well... I kind of have a job, maybe, sometime. I was offered a job with a non-profit agency that operates bookstores in national parks. They were asked by the Park Service to take over the bookstores in two parks from a similar agency that... Read more

Why our economic system sucks

Monday, January 13, 2014      8 comments

Archimedes commented on my previous post asking if I was done being a Park Ranger. The answer is, "probably, for now." Sadly, the Park Service isn't a viable career for most people starting out now. There are virtually no real jobs, even f... Read more

Sometimes you hunt for a job, sometimes a job finds you

Saturday, January 11, 2014      1 comments

I've been working at a term job that ends at the beginning of Feb. I started a half-hearted job search in mid-December, but all the things I've gotten nibbles on don't start until April or May. I could last that long because I was working double... Read more

No work for 6 months followed by 2 jobs at the same time for 6 months...

Sunday, December 01, 2013      3 comments

...wasn't the best idea I've ever had. emoticon I was a volunteer for almost 8 months last year, with no inco... Read more

Shut down

Tuesday, October 01, 2013      5 comments

I am, as far as I know, furloughed until the government reopens. There's a slim chance that I could be declared "excepted" and forced to work without pay instead. Fortunately, I think I'm going to have a fair amount of work from my online ... Read more

Nothing new to report

Monday, September 23, 2013      3 comments

I'm trying to blog at least once every other week, so here it is-- but nothing has changed since the last time! This is the slow part of the year here. Hopefully things will start picking up in another few weeks. It's coming around to the e... Read more

New job, new house, new issues

Tuesday, September 10, 2013      3 comments

So I've been a Park Ranger for three weeks now! My particular assignment is a little boring, but I'm working on getting extra stuff to do. I wear a uniform to work, which will be fun once I get my own. Because of the sequester (I assume), nobody... Read more

A little freaked out...

Monday, August 19, 2013      3 comments

I just found out that a childhood friend, the boy I had a crush on from the time I was 7 and he was 9, who was valedictorian of his high school class, prom king, youth Sunday School leader, and the kindest, most polite child in our school... ... Read more

General update

Sunday, August 11, 2013      6 comments

I don't know whether I mentioned this at any point earlier, but I have a second job. I'm going to be working in the National Park full-time and continuing with my much better-paying part time freelance job. (It's kind of a national shame that Pa... Read more

Solar oven results

Tuesday, July 23, 2013      4 comments

So, as I mentioned, last week I made a solar oven. I used the plans from this site: solarcooking.wikia.com/w
iki/%22Minimum%22_Solar_Bo
x_Coo... Read more

Solar cooking

Sunday, July 14, 2013      6 comments

Yesterday I made a solar oven! It's a simple design that uses two cardboard boxes, an oven cooking bag, and some tin foil. Last night I heated it up and got it to 250 degrees, not bad for this type. Today I've got some banana bread in it, but I... Read more

Happy news!

Thursday, July 04, 2013      4 comments

"My" dog didn't move far away after all! They just went halfway to the other side of the "metro area" here-- about 4 or 5 miles. (There are actually two little named settlements here. Neither one is big enough or dense enough to be a town; there... Read more

Things really do change

Saturday, June 29, 2013      3 comments

I had kind of a sad day today; my neighbor moved and took the community dog with her. This is a dog that everyone loves but nobody ever really took responsibility for. He lived at the gas station/general store for a long time and the store owne... Read more

Toe update, 'cuz I know everybody wants it!

Saturday, June 22, 2013      3 comments

Today is 60 days since I broke the toe. It doesn't hurt at all, though it feels odd and stiff and will occasionally twinge if I step just the wrong way in hard shoes. It still doesn't look normal, though. It's only a little less swollen than in ... Read more

That toe I've been whining about

Thursday, May 23, 2013      2 comments

That's what it looked like a day or two after I did it. This is now, a full month later. Stil... Read more


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