Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Should I be considering a tranquilizer for a minimum wage job?
Will I have any hair left in a few weeks?
To be fair, last night's shift wasn't too bad. Guests smiled, I smiled, the bison smiled...all was well...until it was time to clock out.
I was short 11 cents in my cash drawer. Fortunately, you have to be 12 cents short before they call the Park Rangers to haul you away. Sometimes that sounds like a welcome relief. BUT...being short means forms to fill out and reports to be run. No one was quite sure which forms so there was a period of consultations while I sat in time out.
Meanwhile, an angry guest came to the front desk and my manager was pulled away to deal with her. I was sitting and still on the clock during the fracas. My feet and legs were grateful. Eventually it came time to run my final, corrected, shameful report and the printer broke. More consultations. More sitting. I was set free 45 minutes after I was supposed to leave.
My little face pressed up against the window.
My cold chapped hands.
No money in my pockets.
In reality, Grizzly son and girl friend came along, and we went into the lounge for a drink. It was nice, but my drink cost me an hour's wage.
Today, my friend, Susan and I went to West Yellowstone to meet David at Yellowstone Traders and to explore a little.
He was moving fast.
It was cold and these guys wouldn't pose for us, so this is the best I could do.
The staff put food in a variety of trash containers to see which ones can hold up to a hungry bear.
It makes the bears proud to beat modern manufacturing techniques.
The crows here are the size of cows.
Hitchcock should have used them in the making of "The Birds."
Bear hug anyone?
This one had a tracking collar. Just in case it made a run for the border.
And finally, a chipmunk demanded to have his picture taken.
I don't know if this is Chip or Dale.
And so these are the Days of Our Lives from Yellowstone National Park.
Stay tuned tomorrow for more frustration, pictures and thoughts from Judy, girl ranger.