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May 14, 2016 - Day 34 - Free is Good

Margie and I were both off today and there was a cruise ship in port. That’s the first time that combination has happened since we’ve been here. If there is no ship in port then most of the businesses in town are closed. So, we finally got to check out other stores besides ours. I don't think I mentioned before that all of the sidewalks in the business district are wooden boardwalks. Most of the stores all have about the same thing. We ate lunch at the Sweet Tooth Café. Margie had heard that they have fresh ground beef for their hamburgers....

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May 13, 2016 - Day 33 - You Can't Have a Going Away Party if You Don't Go Away

I am off today, but Margie has to work. I thought I was going to get a video of her using the forklift. It looked like she had some trouble. So, I think I’ll wait for a better time. OK, I cleared it with the star. She says I can tell about her forklift problems. I happened to look out the window and saw her driving the forklift and loading a pallet into the truck. I got my phone and started to video it. It looked like she was having some trouble with the pallet and the load shifted backwards. One box fell off. She got down and put the box...

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May 12, 2016 - Day 32 - COOKIES!!

Today was pretty slow. There isn’t much to tell, so this will be pretty short. We had one cruise ship in and it was scheduled to depart at 5pm. We got our schedules for next week. My days off are split. This week I’m off Friday and Saturday, since there are no ships scheduled for Friday and Saturday there is only one with 1432 passengers. Someone else will be working in “my” store on Saturday. Then for next week I’ll work Sunday, be off Monday, then I won’t be off again until next Friday and work Saturday. I’m hoping our schedules get...

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May 11, 2016 - Day 31 - Daylight at 3:30 AM!

It got warm enough today to turn the fan on, finally. It gets turned on by taking a thing about like a yard stick and spinning the blades with it. It gets stopped by using the same stick to stop the blades. That seems a little weird and would seem to mean the power is always on but the blades aren’t moving. Couldn’t that burn up the motor? People also were coming in fanning themselves like it was 100 degrees. I thought it felt great. It only got up to about 73 degrees. If I could have gotten the forecast this morning I would’ve road my bike...

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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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