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May 10, 2016 - Day 30 - Walrus Penis

The only thing I did was work in the store. I waited on customers. Some of them were interesting. However, for the most part, my day was just routine. We had three ships coming in to port today with about 8000 passengers on board. This is about four times as many passengers as we’ve ever had so far this season. There was only supposed to be about 5000 today, but we also had the 3100 that were supposed to be here yesterday. Due to this number, the person Margie has been working with was pressed into service at two of the stores for lunch...

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May 9, 2016 - Day 29 - LANDSLIDE!!

Since the one ship didn’t come in as planned today, I ended up being off. Margie still had to work. Now there will be three ships in the Skagway port instead of two tomorrow. That means 8000 passengers roaming the streets and stores of Skagway. Oh boy! Considering I had the day off it seems to me that I put in a full day. I sat at the kitchen table and got caught up by writing five blogs. I am finally up to date and can hopefully just write a blog a day for each day as it comes and goes. I had Margie read all of the blogs she hadn’t read...

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May 8, 2016 - Day 28 - Knowledge is Power

One more ship today. This ship was docked at a different location which puts it right at the end of the main street in town. It looks cool to look down the street and see the ship right there. I worked in what I refer to as the Museum store. I think this is the store I will be in the most. I got a key to it yesterday and actually opened it up today, with a little help from the boss. One of the exhibits in the museum area of the store is about a Commander Waddell who fought in the civil war. He commanded a ship by the name of the CSS...

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May 7, 2016 - Day 27 - The Farmer in the Dell (or in Alaska)

Today I trained a little bit in the store that I think I will be working in the most. I made a couple of sales today. One of them was while I was in the store alone. I was alone for a few hours today. I guess they think I can handle it. That’s always I nice feeling in a new job. When you realize that it seems like you can handle it alone. I actually managed to answer several questions. I had my first 10 minute break today. We can take them if we want. I hadn’t really needed one until today. I went to the store next door to do the training....

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May 6, 2016 - Day 26 - We are now Oriented

Margie had to go to work early so they could get started on doing their inventory . They started at about 7am. Then they went into town. I drove in for the orientation and met them there. There were morning pastries. They had donuts, Danishes, cookies, coffee, and orange juice. First we went around the room and introduced ourselves and told a little about us. When it came to me I started with being from St. Louis. Then I said I couldn’t understand why the owner had given me a hard time about my school, Pattonville. He had told some of his...

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May 5, 2016 - Day 25 - Cinco de Mayo

It’s Cinco de Mayo! We’re off today. I had bought a package of bulk sausage and was going to cook it all. Margie had cooked some ground beef the other day. We kept the grease from the ground beef so I could make some homemade milk gravy. Since we have the day off, today was the day. As great of a cook as Margie is, gravy is out of her realm of expertise. It’s not something served much in her family. Oh, the things she’s missed out on. Gravy, squirrel, rabbit, I could go on and on with the things I’ve eaten in my life. She’s gotten the mixes...

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May 4, 2016 - Day 24 - May the Fourth Be With You

May the 4th be with you. Get it. I worked in the same store as yesterday and we had another cruise ship in port today, which I took a picture of. Eventually they will all look the same and be boring. So, since I only have a limited upload of pictures without paying for my blog on the site, I can’t put them all on. Also for that reason I occasionally go back and remove some pictures to make more room. That’s a good thing, since I can actually upload more pictures as long as I don’t go over 150 on the site per 30 day period. Along with...

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May 3, 2016 - Day 23 - No Groceries for Us

This is the first day I actually worked in an open store. It was a different store than the one I’ve been working in. This is one of the stores that have the expensive carvings of ivory, soapstone, antlers, horns, jade, etc. This is the store that has the ivory tusk that I thought was sold for $54,000. It turns out that it was $21,000, but they bought other stuff that may have amounted to $54,000. This tusk is displayed next to another one. The one that sold was located by a local artist. Evidently he found it where some mining had gone on...

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May 2, 2016 - Day 22 - Got me some Fudge, Margie by herself

Margie is working by herself today. Which we both know will be good for her. Sometimes it’s so much better after you have the basics of your job to just be able to do it without the thought of someone watching you. When I got to work today I found out we were finally getting our uniforms. I was told my clock in code which was part of my name and shown how to clock in. I clocked in and then proceeded to the office where the uniforms were being given out. I’d said I knew how to get to the office where they were handing them out, since it was...

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May 1, 2016 - Day 21 - Passing the Baton, or the Keys

I don’t remember just which day this occurred but Margie reminded me of it. It could have happened on this day, since I’m writing this later. Anyway, when we have chicken, Margie always puts her “bones” on my plate. I put quotation marks around bones because she always leaves meat on them. I eat the meat she’s left and show her how much she wasted. After the first couple of times I did this she just started putting the bones on my plate. Well maybe it was today we had a simple dinner and one of the things we had was avocado. She split it...

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Apr 30, 2016 - Day 20 - 34 Cent Hotdogs

I was really hoping to see an Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) while we are in Alaska. I found a website that predicts the best nights to see it. Either last night or tonight was supposed to be one of the better nights to see it. However, the weather has not been good for viewing it. There has been way too much cloud cover. Since the Aurora Borealis occurs at night and more specifically between about 10pm and 2am, I have set up one of my dash cameras to be pointing somewhat northerly. When there is a good chance it may have recorded the...

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Apr 29, 2016 - Day 19 - It's Here It's Here!!

It’s here it’s here!! The first cruise ship of the season has arrived. The reason we are all here. I forgot to go early enough to see it and get a picture. From what I heard we only had one store open. That was enough, though. I heard that someone from the ship bought an item that cost about $54000. This is an around the world cruise and it lasts over three months. It started in January and will end in May. I’ve never been on a cruise and would love to. However, it’s hard to imagine being on a ship for over three months. Hell, you might as...

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