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PostSubject: SITKA - New Job, New Adventure, New Beginning.   Wed 17 Jun 2015, 7:50 pm

6/16/15

Day 1

Bus ride from hell today - New Moon tonight.

Pre bus ride storage rush:

Bus ride to Anchorage:

At Anchorage bus station:

At the Anchorage airport:

At Sitka airport: 2 bears

Wandering around store  shopping while talking to Kathleen on phone:

1st night in bunkhouse room: dead toilet - 2 murders

stories to be filled in soon, I promise.
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PostSubject: Re: SITKA - New Job, New Adventure, New Beginning.   Wed 17 Jun 2015, 8:03 pm

6/17/15

Day 2

Orientation at 3 pm - Time to roam the town

Candy bars melted:

First walk - the wrong way:

At&t dude:

CPU repair guy & gal:

Tourist woman & Alaska grown hoodie:

Orientation mishap:

wi-fi at pioneer bar: 2 visits

Some kind of wonderful on juke box right after I hung up from talking to Kathleen:

Again - to be told soon.
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PostSubject: Re: SITKA - New Job, New Adventure, New Beginning.   Thu 18 Jun 2015, 12:13 pm

6/18/15

Day 3

At plant - 8 am...waiting again:

1st yellow cap chat:

What can I do / where will I work.

Will be working in freezer section:

At work area - orientation / tour

Signed in @ 8:45 out @ 10:15 ... 1 1/2 hrs.

Ending work for the day:

After work - time to fill:

fixed toilet myself.

At Pioneer bar, again - new wi-fi hang out?

Closing for now - need to find food / local phone book / map & bus info.
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PostSubject: Re: SITKA - New Job, New Adventure, New Beginning.   Fri 19 Jun 2015, 2:39 pm

6/19/15

Day 4

1st day working fish - 7 am to 1:30 pm no breaks or lunch...5 1/2 hrs.

On the job...on the scale...doing crab / not doing crab:

We got us a Dirkster: (sorta)

At the  Pioneer bar again...looks like it's going to be my internet home for now.

Need to eat...gonna find a burger joint...closing for now.


checked out breakfast place...panini's !!

Twisted ankle on way home...limping pretty good.

Trouble with figuring out a few admin. things here on the site.

got me some ice cream...

Oh yeah...I took some pics from around town yesterday...I need to put them in my photo bucket account before I can post them here...I'll try to do it while I eat lunch.

*ok...the internet connection at the bunkhouse isn't working right, so...it's gonna take longer to fill in the details than I thought but I'll do my best to get caught up before we get salmon slammed, for now I'm just gonna post little "reminder" clips to help me remember the days events.*

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PostSubject: Re: SITKA - New Job, New Adventure, New Beginning.   Sat 20 Jun 2015, 8:42 pm

6/20/15

Day 5

worked 7 am to 8:5 ... 2 hrs

boxed crab legs

bought bicycle / tools / pillow / blanket/ avast year protection

took harbor vid pt. 1

4 1/2 hrs online - got vid

met Kulani
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PostSubject: Re: SITKA - New Job, New Adventure, New Beginning.   Sun 21 Jun 2015, 8:24 pm

6/21/15

Day 6

6:47 to 11:15 ... 4 1/2 hrs. ( no lunch )

broke racks with Hakeem & small black guy.

Co. started feeding workers

3 roommates arrived this afternoon:

each has blood / family ties to Hawaii

loaded c2c files onto notebook

walked 1/4 to 1/2 mile past Mc Donalds...not much there.
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PostSubject: Re: SITKA - New Job, New Adventure, New Beginning.   Mon 22 Jun 2015, 10:40 pm

6/22/15

Day 7

worked 8 am to 10 am ... 2 hrs ... ( got there at 6:45 - no freezer work / had to do fresh racking )

watched fresh live crab pack out

no 'net at bunk house again...talked with Kathleen

put bike together / took test ride & found a good spot to view the bay

hit pioneer bar again to do log ( chat with Kathleen first )

been here 1 week & spent around $1,500.00 dollars so far...not good.

really need to make time to fill in the stories...work will be getting serious soon.
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PostSubject: Re: SITKA - New Job, New Adventure, New Beginning.   Tue 23 Jun 2015, 4:36 pm

6/23/15

Day 8

worked 7 am to 4 pm ... (less 1/2 hr for lunch break) ... 8 1/2 hrs

break @ 9 -  semi break @ 11 - lunch (first one for me) @ 11:35

lunch: grilled cheese sandwich / chili mac & egg drop soup (wasn't too bad)

Art on freezer crew...stacking / breaking racks most of day

I made totes by myself after lunch

after work rode to pioneer bar to do this log...waiting for dinner @ 5 pm

a cold beer is perfect right now...

after dinner going to make the ride and get video of bay

may not wait for Kathleen to bring me a soft seat...MY BUTT HURTS!!

maybe more later tonight.
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PostSubject: Re: SITKA - New Job, New Adventure, New Beginning.   Wed 24 Jun 2015, 8:56 pm

6/24/15

Day 9

Worked 7 am to 2:45 pm ... 7 hrs (less lunch)

Started in freezer then went to fish house (racking again)
Mohammad ranting about people getting it wrong & nobody could understand what he was saying...it was funny.

Still haven't had a breakfast here but judging by the 2 lunches and 2 dinners I did have...missing breakfast is a good thing...these guys make Charlie look good.

Of the 3 or 4 breaks I took only twice were any snacks put out...both times it was a package of store bought cookies and juice / water. (once there wasn't anything to drink at all...except for the soda machine which you pay to get a drink).

Not going to stay for winter work...may not do next salmon season either.

Couldn't get online at the bar...got online at bunk house for about 15 minutes before wi-fi went out.

Went to public laundry mat to wash towels and new blanket...$2.50 per wash load then 50 cents minimum to get dryer going & 25 cents for 4 minutes time after that.

Going to give serious thought to buying a "hot spot" box to get a dependable online connection...can't fill in the story blanks if barely able to connect to net.

Doing today's log from bunk house...online for about 25 minutes now...WOW!! What a Face  What a Face  What a Face
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PostSubject: Re: SITKA - New Job, New Adventure, New Beginning.   Thu 25 Jun 2015, 1:05 pm

6/25/15

Day 10

worked 7 am to 12 noon ...5 hrs

Ate breakfast at work...cold scrambled eggs and 1 strip of bacon
with warm juice...not good.

Once again had to change to blue apron & sleeves for crab

put lids on crab boxes / pushed fish

Break time snack = a bag of pretzels poured into a bowl for everyone to share

Guillermo's birthday...57 yrs old ... he's a good dude

Online at pioneer bar again, right after lunch @ work

Kathleen and I are on chat now...closing for now.
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PostSubject: Re: SITKA - New Job, New Adventure, New Beginning.   Fri 26 Jun 2015, 4:28 pm

6/26/15

Day 11

worked 7 am to 9 am ... 2 hrs (6:50 - 9:12 aprox.)

first SSS payday ...period ending 6/20/15 - pay date 6/26/15

reg. hrs - 3.46 - $34.60 - net pay - $31.75

6/18/15 - 1.53 hrs - $15.30

6/19/15 - 0 hrs

from my log

6/19/15

Day 4

1st day working fish - 7 am to 1:30 pm no breaks or lunch...5 1/2 hrs.

On the job...on the scale...Gotta let HR know

6/20/15 - 1.93 hrs - $19.30

Had breakfast again - it sucked again last time peas & carrots in eggs this time bell peppers. Eggs and hash browns look grayish brown and have an underlying taste of dirty grill.

Didn't take break or eat lunch.

Went home & took a nap before doing laundry.

Spoke with Kathleen...got good news.

Got a phone message from the cpu repair gal...went to check on progress...real player file not done right...showed her on my note book what I have & want transferred over to the ex. hard drive.

Gonna give work dinner another chance then do more laundry, maybe hit Mc Donalds.
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Dinner was barely warm meat loaf and cold everything else.

Got 2nd load of laundry done

Mc Donalds open 6 am to 11 pm m - sat.

Tried to call Kathleen...her phone made a weird sound then went silent...tried to get online from bunk house...got to this site but page wouldn't load competely even after 10 min. Gave up and went to sleep...it was late & I was very tired.
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PostSubject: Re: SITKA - New Job, New Adventure, New Beginning.   Sat 27 Jun 2015, 6:57 pm

6/27/15

Day 12

Worked 6:50 am to 11:52 am ... 5 hrs

Did vac pack until a little after 8 am then sent to fish house

Let Guillermo know about being shorted hrs.

Racked 6 - 9 chum by myself again...Mohammad was a gas...trying to get everyone to do the job right...want to have a drink with him once before I leave here.

Lunch not worth the money.

Talked to Gordon about being shorted hrs...he took my pay slip...later while I was eating he said it's being looked into & will be credited to my next pay check.

Tried to call Kathleen but couldn't connect with her...don't know if she is coming in tonight or not...just have to wait and see.

Tomorrow should be another short day of work.

Dinner was full of vegetables again...rice had cilantro in it.

Rode the right turn at corner...went to Mason's lodge area...rode around that part of town & found another grocery store...cheaper prices.

Nothing left to do tonight except shower and see if Kathleen shows up or calls or takes my call.

Avast Secure line VPN doesn't connect with every wi-fi here...not going to renew my license when it expires.

Finally got to talk with Kathleen...lot's of good news.

Good Night Sweetie. I love you
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PostSubject: Re: SITKA - New Job, New Adventure, New Beginning.   Sat 27 Jun 2015, 11:14 pm

... I love you goodnight, honey xoxoxo
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PostSubject: Re: SITKA - New Job, New Adventure, New Beginning.   Sun 28 Jun 2015, 7:55 pm

6/28/15

Day 13

Had a group of loud drunks wake us up @ 2:50 am...visited next door in room 224 until past 3:30 am.

Worked 6:48 to 10 :37 - 3:49 hrs

Gordon gave a safety meeting...starting this Tuesday work starts at 6 am.

Rode around town looking for the Highliner coffee cafe...couldn't find it. Found the Sheldon Jackson Colledge, Library, Arts Center & science Center / Hatchery.

Took 2nd group of  photos...uploaded to my Photobucket account.

First batch is here ... 1st batch

2nd batch is here ... 2nd batch

Got more video too but need to be able to stay online for a few hours to upload them...don't know if that will happen before I return to Seward.

Right now I'm sitting in Mc Donalds looking out a window onto the harbor...there are a few Eagles flying around...gonna try to get some video of them.

Talk to you tonight Sweetie...
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PostSubject: Re: SITKA - New Job, New Adventure, New Beginning.   Mon 29 Jun 2015, 4:57 pm

6/29/15

Day 14

Worked from 6:51 to 11:09 ... 3:18 hrs.

Did gel ice / Troll King / crab ... didn't change codes between jobs.

Stayed for lunch...made of meal out of the diced ham side dish from salad bar & hot white rice...it was the best meal I had here to date.

Couldn't get online @ bunk house from around noon to 4 pm...didn't even try the pioneer bar.

My sweetie called me around 3:10 & we talked for nearly an hour...it's no small wonder why I go thru so many phone minutes... What a Face

I'm online at Mc Donalds now...it's gonna be my go to place...until we start working long hours then the only place left will be the grocery store that closes at midnight.
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PostSubject: Re: SITKA - New Job, New Adventure, New Beginning.   Tue 30 Jun 2015, 4:21 pm

6/30/15

Yesterday I set up direct deposit / asked Lacey about laundry.

Day 15

Worked 6:55 am to 10:24 am ... 3:29 hrs

Breakfast & Lunch sucked

Bought a new GCI cell phone & plan that has unlimited talk and text within Alaska because my Sweetie LLLOOOVVVEEESSS to talk & text...phone $35.00 - monthly fee $25.00...no contract, cancel anytime.

Finally cashed 1st SSS check ($31.75) at Wells Fargo...no charge for no account with them.

Stopped by the Harbor Master's office to pick up an info pack on dock fee's...thinking of possibility of buying a boat to keep here to live on should I come back next summer or have it as a vacation get away from Seward.

Got 2 apple pies & a small drink @ Mc Donalds to get online...$2.65...ticket #311.
If I cut it down to 1 apple pie I'll spend less that $2.00.

Nothing to do for rest of day...wish I could stay online @ Mc Donalds to fill in the stories from earlier but I keep getting "eyed" by a couple of employee's here...I looked in the mirror before I came here, there is nothing on my face except my face. What a Face affraid

Oh yeah...I left you a message here sweetie...my new phone number...missed the 3 pm break...napping. Will talk with you tonight...missing me some hugs & kisses. And you too of course sunny  I love you

Gonna take a ride into the non tourist area of the local neighborhood...see what's behind the"front" side of Sitka.
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PostSubject: Re: SITKA - New Job, New Adventure, New Beginning.   Wed 01 Jul 2015, 4:28 pm

7/1/15

Day 16

Worked 8 am to 11 am ... 3 hrs

Miscommunication between office & floor Safety boss...I go in at 6 am every day.

Worked in fish house racking 6/9 chum again...Mohammed got on little assholes case. Booted him from the grading belt...it was funny...Mohammed is a bit excitable.  lol!

Punched myself out at 11.

Breakfast & lunch sucked...dinner's probably going to suck too...did start talking to the "chef" (AVTEC trained) seems like a good guy...gonna work him for info slowly.

Bought 2 mini Hawaiian flags & a paper back box set of the Hobbit & Lord of the Rings trilogy (thought it was a vhs box set, I was wrong) from the Salvation Army store...went to GCI & got a remote for the tv.

Tried to get video of the full moon last night but it was no good...couldn't see the planets alignment either.

Sent my Sweetie good thoughts thru the day...she's a bit under the weather...was good talking to her today...gonna talk again after dinner.

The Ravens here are clowns...I hear them squawking a lot, then when I get my video camera out to video them they shut up...like it's a joke for them. jocolor

Got to figure out my new cell phone settings still...and the tv remote...my night time activities are set...

Talk with you tonight Sweetie... I love you
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PostSubject: Re: SITKA - New Job, New Adventure, New Beginning.   Wed 01 Jul 2015, 8:15 pm

....thank you for sending your thoughts and prayers today.... it worked  sunny
....I miss you, honey I love you
                         -Remember, that ravens are fascinated with shiny objects....hope that helps....
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PostSubject: Re: SITKA - New Job, New Adventure, New Beginning.   Wed 01 Jul 2015, 8:47 pm

Kathleen13 wrote:
Remember, that ravens are fascinated with shiny objects.

you mean the camera lens?
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PostSubject: Re: SITKA - New Job, New Adventure, New Beginning.   Thu 02 Jul 2015, 7:18 pm

7/2/15

Day 17 - Thursday

Gonna start putting the day of the week in date line.

Worked 6 am to 9 am - 3 hrs (rounded out)

Parker (the lead man for pack out) said I was "not on the list" so I got sent home - saw Guillermo as I was leaving - he offered to let me work more but I said I didn't want to make Parker look bad so I went home.

Figured out why I only got $35.00 instead of $50.00 for missing hours on 1st pay check...they took out the $15.00 a day from the $50.00...so I got $35.00 instead.

It's a rainy, windy day so didn't go anywhere or do anything...just hung out at the bunk house trying to get online. My Sweetie called around 4:30 & we talked until dinner time.

Got a voice mail from CPU guy saying my laptop was done - gotta call and get the price & check to see if he got my real player programs saved.

Back pack pouch was open on ride to Mc Donalds...may have lost note book I was using to keep track of work hours...I'll know for sure when I get home.

Call you later tonight Sweetie... I love you
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PostSubject: Re: SITKA - New Job, New Adventure, New Beginning.   Sat 04 Jul 2015, 3:33 am

7/3/15

Day 18 - Friday

Pay day

Worked from 5:57 to 7:42 ... 1:45 hrs.

Went to CPU repair store to pick up the laptop...$250.00+ for an unfinished job...oh well.

Then took one of the guys to True value to buy a bicycle, put it together in the True value parking lot, then to the bike store to get a soft seat.

Headed south of town to take pictures of some stuff...here's the link:


While downloading pics and video to my notebook...Kathleen called to say she had a surprise for me...it was Her...rode to the airport to meet her at around 10:30 pm.

Got lucky & caught a ride into town with SSS van...Got a room at super 8...walked to the bridge and watched / videoed the 3rd of July fireworks show in Sitka, Alaska.

Will upload the video when I can get online for more that 10 minutes or when I get back to Seward.

It's 3:30 in the morning now...gotta work at 8 am (maybe)...laters... Sleep
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PostSubject: Re: SITKA - New Job, New Adventure, New Beginning.   Sat 04 Jul 2015, 3:36 am

Wink Very Happy I love you
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PostSubject: Re: SITKA - New Job, New Adventure, New Beginning.   Sat 04 Jul 2015, 10:39 pm

7/4/15

Day 19 - Saturday

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY

No work - showed up too late.

Pics from yesterdays bike ride ... Sitka pics - 3rd batch - link

Caught fireworks show last night with Kathleen.

Spent entire day with my Sweetie...

Went to Raptor Center to watch 2 eagles being released.

Went to The Fortress of the Bears.

I'm done for the day... Sleep


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PostSubject: Re: SITKA - New Job, New Adventure, New Beginning.   Sat 04 Jul 2015, 11:02 pm

....thank you for a truly special visit, honey....I will be missing you-

     ...but, looking forward to more wildlife memories with you....
xoxoxo I love you Like a Star @ heaven
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PostSubject: Re: SITKA - New Job, New Adventure, New Beginning.   Sun 05 Jul 2015, 10:55 pm

7/5/15

Day 20 - Sunday

Thank You Sweetie. I love you  

Worked 5:52 to 8:50 - 12:93 (?) hrs.

Took a long lunch to spent time with Kathleen, She left for Seward today.
Gonna be missing her again... Sad Sad

Worked in "Crab Alley" for first time.

This is going to be the last post here until I get back to Seward...work has picked up and I'll be too tired to go to Mc Donalds and with the wi-fi so bad at the bunkhouse I won't be able to get online there.

There are 24 post in this thread and 252 views...if there is anyone following this thread you can check back at the end of September and / or hit the "watch this page" link at the bottom right of page to get a notice of any more post I make.

I have taken a lot of pics and video of Sitka so far and now it's time to concentrate on working. The pics have been posted here and I'll do the videos once I get back to Seward and solid internet connections.

Here's one for now...



Be good and be safe everyone.

got to do another video

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