Tuesday, June 15, 2004
Alaska was fun while it lasted,
but I'm glad I'm going back home to my girl.
Sunday, June 06, 2004
Other than that I haven't really done anything all day.
Saturday, June 05, 2004
I'll make it eventually if I have to fly my ass up there and parachute!
After that I stayed around the tent reading and sleeping and then at 8:30 I came to Cabin Nights dinner theater and had all you can eat ribs for free (tourists payed $60 each) Hehehe.
Tomorrow I'll try to get a free Helicopter trip around the mountain, we'll see how it goes. Or if that doesn't work I'll go climb Mount Healy tomorrow.
Ohh and I realized I've never mentioned my name in the blog, so here it goes. My name is Tony.
Friday, June 04, 2004
I think I'll get to go to the Husky Homestead thing and spend a couple of hours photographing and playing with world champion Husky dogs. :0) I'll try to get on the helicopter tomorrow.
So my plan for today is Husky Homestead, then climbing Mount Healy (which I failed last week) and then free all-you-can eat Ribs (while the tourist pay $60). I think it'll be a good day!
Hope to also buy a laptop ASAP, I think a used or refurbished $500-600 would be a good invertment, and then I can install photoshop and start posting pictures.
Wednesday, June 02, 2004
Work was crazy today, just about everything that could go wrong went wrong. Only three out of the five levels of rooms are ready to be rented out and they were full all freaking day and we had tons of people come in wanting rooms. We had heaters not working thoughout the freaking hotel and lots of trouble. A small plane crashed into the nearby lake on it's way to fairbanks and the two people on board, who weren't hurt, came asking for a room, it was a mess to find them a room. Then we have a boyfriend and girlfrined split up and wanted
separate rooms, and a grandma fighting with her son in law and wanting separate rooms. So getting them all rooms while we were filled was a BIG mess. Then we had our Coke delivery guy get drunk in our bar and we had to find him another room, while he was being beligerant in our office and that was also a mess. It was very tiring.
Then I got skipped for a helicopter tour for tomorrow moring for a guy that has worked less than I have, he gets the coolest trip where you get to land in a Glacier and hike around for a while. That made me kind of mad. Also it sucks that I got the lowest paying job in the hotel, everybody makes $7.15 / hour but they also get tips. I've gotten $1.70 total in tips this far. So that sucks, but hey I guess I'm still in Alaska enjoying the place and hopefully will get some time to take good pictures.
But hey, such is life.
Tuesday, June 01, 2004
Monday, May 31, 2004
Hope tomorrow picks up.
Nothing else for now.
Sunday, May 30, 2004
I've been reading a lot and will soon finish my first book, so I only have two more to go, I think I'll be out of shit to read before the end of the summer which sucks ass...
I'm considering getting a laptop I was looking at Dell with the 10% student discount I could get a decent laptop delivered all the way to Alaska for only $1,070. That's only about 3 and a half hours of work.
We'll see how it goes.
Saturday, May 29, 2004
The flights were not bad, although I had a 12 hour wait in Seattle and an 8 hour wait in Anchorage. During the Seattle wait I mostly read and slept in very confortable aiport chairs. In the Anchorage wait I wasn't so lucky, the chairs were pretty bad but I still got some sleep.
Then I took a Cab to the train station and boarded the train for Denali. The trip is 8 hours long but very beautiful and the service is excellent. The train even slows down to allow you to better see the animals. In the train I found 3 other people who are working in the same hotel as me. Angela, a guitar playing hippie from Florida who is working as a server in the restaurant. Elizabeeth, a college student from Madison who is working housekeeping. And Joanna, an ecological conservationist from Seattle who is doing this job as her last little adventure before getting married in November. She planned the wedding and left for the job here.
After arriving we took the shuttle to the hotel and found some of the other people working with some, a few more arrived the next day.
Some of the other interesting people I work with:
RD is one of the housekeepers, he did two years of college and then decided he wanted to be a Nomad and has been working seasonal jobs for two years now. Thinking about going back to college. HE's very nice and very easygoing.
Memory is one of the chefs, she just finished culinary school and is doing this as her graduating internship, she gets her degree when she gets back. Her boyfriend is back in California where she's from and they talk twice a day. She can talk about nothing else but him.
Bernise is the other chef, also just finished culinary school but she's much older. She left her 14, 10 and 8 year old kids at home and came to Alaska for the summer. She's been married for 10 years but her husband had an accident after just two weeks of marriage and has been in bed and drugged since then. She feels lonely and is taking the time in Alaska to decide whether she'll divorce him or not. It's really a sad story.
There's two 30 year olds alcoholics from Alaska who work as servers in the restaurants. They're scary and I haven't figured out their names.
Alla (AKA Alla Princess of Whales) is a city girl from Philly who was expecting a real place to stay in and is having trouble getting use to the tents in which we live. She brought 7 pairs of shoes (4 of them high heels) and 4 make-up bags including one she brings in to the office. She works front desk.
Adrienne is another of the girls she's kind of quiet and works Front Desk.
Jim was in the Navy for 3 years and now works maintenance. He's fun but talks too much crap.
Dan is a nomad who roles around from seasonal job to seasonal job and has been just about everywhere. He's very nice and fun.
Dmitri just came in yesterday. He works housekeeping is Russian and speaks very little English. That's as much as I've been able to communicate with him.
Candi is 57 and nice as can possibly be. She is my boss and manages most of the hotel. She takes 6 weeks off after the summer is done and then works the winter in a hotel in the Virgin Islands. She's great although she gets stressed easily.
All the work in the front desk is done by hand, and is complicated but not too bad. Mostly answering the phone and telling people we have no space for the day they want. Charging stuff on credit cards when we do have space. Pretty easy, sometimes requires a lot of multitasking.
The tents are pretty tiny and luckily my roommate has not showed up yet, hopefully I get to keep the tent just for myself.
The area is very very expensive, a beer will cost you $5 and an hour of internet access $10. It sucks, we get paid too little for how expensive it is.
We get two meals a day and have to make that last till the next day.
We do however get free shit like trips and tours and rafting.
Today I was so sick of not having internet access that I actually applied for other jobs in the area, because every other hotel has internet access except us. In fact we do have it , but only the managers get to use it which sucks!
Yesterday I had the day off and tried to climb Mount Healy. However, I took too much weight in the camera bag and couldn't make it all the way to the top. I came back and thought about trying it again today but my legs are too sore. I'll try again next week with less weight.
On Fridays we get to go to this really cool dinner theater for free, normal customers are paying $60 for it. We ate so much to make up for a week of very little food. I thought I was going to explode. It was good all you can eat stuff. I was happy to get a decent meal for once in this trip. I'll do it every Friday no kidding.
Today I spent the whole day filling applications and that's how I figured out how to get free internet. It took some "Catch me if you can" style good old fashion pretending you're someone else, but it's working. $10 bought me a fake ID and free internet!
I'll see if I can install Photoshop on this computer in order to post some pictures.
I'll try to write daily now that I have internet access!
Bye all. Leave comments, I do read them!
Thursday, May 27, 2004
Internet: $10 / hour
Will update as soon as I have money!
I'm worth $3 right now.
Friday, May 21, 2004
and I'll get there sometime Saturday. I'll post when I'm there and find a computer.
Did get everything packed. Diane was amazing in helping me pack. It was great, I would've never been able to do it alone. I have no idea how I'll pack it back for the return trip.
0 days for Alaska. Wow...
Thursday, May 20, 2004
The meeting of the family went well, we went to a restaurant (to my embarassment that they changed plans and made a big deal out of meeting me) but it worked out great. They're all very nice and they liked me :0) Well, who wouldn't. ;0)
So life's good right now, although tired. Less than 48 hours and I'll be in the first plane.
I'll post more before I leave if there's something new. Otherwise, probably until monday.
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
Tuesday, May 18, 2004
figure out why two of my CompactFlash cards didn't want to play
along with my image bank while the third didn't have a problem and
after they've worked fine for a week.
After calling technical support for both the image bank and the
card and not finding any answers, I was about to strike them with
a hammer... Two days to go before Alaska, not enough time to get
replacements, and only my tiny 16mb card working 100%, it was stressful!
Finally, I figured out that the image bank is an old model and can
only use freaking FAT16 formated cards, and I had formated the cards
on a Windows XP computer in the lab, in FAT32. So, stupid technicality!
Well, I guess it's fixed, so I can't stress about it anymore. But, it sucked
during the 5 hours it took me to figure it out.
So, if you're interested
Buy my pictures from Photographica
Even if you're not interested in a hard copy, keep visiting because I'll be posting a lot of pictures and stories.
So, there we go. I'll go to the lab today to work on the other pictures I didn't
get around to do yesterday.
And for Pipe, here is the link you asked for,
it doesn't mention anything about the jobs, that webpage is down for this season.
Monday, May 17, 2004
My housemate Troy, shaving his head.
Buy this picture from Photographica for as low as $ 6.00
More pink flowers.
I really love what this camera can do with flowers. Wow!
This one's photoshopped to look like a drawing.
Different angle on the previous one, better detail I think.
This is one of my best pictures ever.
A different angle.
Field of Dreams
I'll post more later, this damn lab computer is running out of memory.
Sunday, May 16, 2004
I went to Reiman Gardens today at late afternoon and took some pictures. I'll go to the media lab tomorrow to work on them and will post some.
If you're here leave a comment so that I know people actually read this.
I met a fantastic girl, we spent a ton of time together and I'm having a great time. I don't know how things will work out when I leave for Alaska in 4 days, but there's a good chance I'll come right back to her in September. :0)
I took the camera for a second spin and here's a couple of the results.
Soft Portrait of a Dandilion
Diane on the Phone
Most of the pictures from last night were too grainy because I took them at ISO 800 because of the lack of light, but I'll try to go through the same route again tomorrow at a better time for more light.
I like how the camera is working until now except for the poor performance at ISO 800, it gets too grainy, it's good enough for pictures at 600 * 450 but nothing more. :0|
Well, life's good right now.