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Posted on 2008.03.02 at 10:03
I couldn't tell you the last time I posted up in here, so I suppose thats a good time from a update or two.

I suppose a little narrative of the last year or so is in order for startsies. Basicly, about a month before I graduated last spring I had a bit of a freakout after looking through jobs in the chicago-area and ended up applying at as many National Parks as I could find on the internet. That, rather quickly, turned into a job for me at a hotel in Glacier National Park in Montana. This ended up being probably the best thing for to do at the time possible. The hotel was a awesome old swiss chalet-type place in the most quiet part of the park (in terms of tourists) and was staffed by nearly completely college aged or just out of college kids. Since the hotel was in the middle of the park, we were all forced to get really close very quickly. Though it didn't seem forced or anything, everyone was just really friendly. It really was a vacation from reality, which was exactly what I needed. The summer ended up consisting of hiking, sitting on our employee porch drinking beer, and reading. Quite relaxing and very helpful in the longrun. After that, I was all set to head back to Chicago for a bit, but had another freakout in regards to jobs, missing the mountains, feeling unsure about everything, etc, and ended up taking a job in Steamboat Springs Colorado. This is the part I feel shitty about, since I yanked around the whole Chicago thing with people and then bolted rather suddenly. I probably won't ever not feel bad about it, but I hope it all works out eventually. The ski bum thing was/is fun and I don't regret coming here, just regret how it happened. I'm here with people I met in Montana and other random people one meets in a small town. Life is spent skiing mostly, with lots of reading and group dinners in the downtime.

Obviously I regret screwing up the time between the mountains, but I really just had to be out here again. I'm in a odd place right now, i'm trying to decide if I want to come back to the midwest area to where I know everyone or keep trying the west thing. I really just need to meet more people out here or convince everyone I know to move out west with me, in all my little freakouts about what I should do, I can't see myself leaving the mountains for the time being. Who knows. I'm all set to go back to Montana for the summer for one last seasonal hurrah (I think) and I want to settle down for a bit. A couple friends here are pushing hard for Bend, Oregon for the summer and onwards, but I'm hesitant to nix going back to Montana. So i guess i'm leaning towards going to Portland, Oregon or Missoula, Montana until i can figure out whats next AFTER all the summer stuff. Grad school? Maybe? If i could find a good outdoorsy job, i'd jump on that, but we'll see how that goes.

Well, that ended up being a lot more of a narritive than i'd like, but hey, now you know apparently. More to come soon?

Colin!

Comments:


(Anonymous) at 2008-03-03 00:58 (UTC) (Link)
everyone loves you
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inthered at 2008-03-03 13:52 (UTC) (Link)
miss you and love you and think you're great.

fyi.
Jessica Rebecca Schultz
la_becky at 2008-03-04 02:30 (UTC) (Link)
we can run away.
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