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here comes my yearly LJ post.

Posted on 2008.12.04 at 12:26
I find myself with a quiet moment at work and I suppose it’s a good time to throw up a little life update. From looking at my last update, my life hasn’t changed a whole lot. I went back to Montana to the same hotel to work for the summer and I have since returned back to Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

I had a really great time in Glacier again, knew a decent amount of people from previous years and met a lot of new people as well. For the most part, the experience was the same idea as last year, but was also, of course, completely different. The people were different, which seemed bad right away, but turned out being as exciting and new as the previous year. The outdoor activity was exciting as well and the social times were also quite crazy. The really neat thing for me was the sense of normalcy I had being back at Many Glacier Hotel. The first year was completely new and different for me and that was great. This summer was great because I knew what I was going to get into for the most part but also was aware that the experience was bound to be (and was) completely unexpected and exciting.

Based on that idea of normalcy, I came back to Colorado after the summer ended. Steamboat is a really nice mountain town with really nice mountain people. Sure, it’s growing as a ski resort and I don’t know if I’d want to stay here for the long run, but it’s a great place to be for someone who needs a place to hole up until some decisions are made. The job situation sucks in town due to the crashing economy, but I was able to get my old job back doing front desk again for a nice little resort. I’m living with 4 other people I worked with in Montana and we’ve created a nice little group of people combined with old friends from town and new folks we’ve met. It’s nice to be comfortable.

The only other major thing in my life right now is trying to figure out what I’m going to do with myself. This is something that has caused various forms of crazy within myself thoughout the last few years. What that means is that the seasonal life can be very exciting at times but also has times of extreme down time. This down time gives a person a lot of time to just think, which can be a very good thing or a very bad thing. At first, it was a bad thing, I freaked out about what my future should be and that usually led to trouble. (Moving back after my first summer to Chicago). Since going back this summer, (after having a loose plan of moving to Minneapolis). I’ve since started forcing myself to read a little more philosophy, re-evaluating the way my brain thinks about things, and forcing myself to stop thinking about things so damn rationally. Anyways, this has all led to feeling pretty good and not too worried about myself in the last year or so and has let me really enjoy my situation. The side affect of that is that I’ve been pretty remote since coming out west and that’s something I’m trying to change as of late. Hence, this long, bean-spilling, live-journal entry and the intention of hopefully keeping with people via Internets, phones, and letters.

What else, I’ve got a bit of a short-term plan in the works that has come to me in the last couple months. I’ve got things worked out that I’ll probably stay in Colorado for the winter and the summer. Steamboat has as much summer outdoor activities as it does winter outdoor activities and the idea of not moving for a least a season seems very nice. After that, I’ve started looking into some Americorp programs based in various parts of Oregon. I’ve had the idea of moving to Oregon in my brain ever since I came west and it hasn’t really gone away. I’m trying not to make idle plans for the sake of making plans anymore, as I’ve done in the past regarding Oregon, but now it’s starting to actually make a little more sense. I need a new direction for my life, rather than the constant seasonal change. I’ve loved being a ski bum for a couple years but I’m ready to find something a helpful for me and other people. There are some disaster relief type programs that have some outdoor aspects to them and that’s something that really appeals to me. Some are based out of Eugene and some are in Portland, either one sounds appealing to me but Portland seems like the place I’d like to end up in the long run. Between now and then I just need to find what my plan is.

Ok, I’m done, for real. Thats it, hope everybody is having a good time.


Jessica Rebecca Schultz
la_becky at 2008-12-05 05:49 (UTC) (Link)
oh yeha... this guy.

...good to hear from you though.
_nonsequitur_ at 2008-12-05 05:51 (UTC) (Link)
WOO Portland!!!!! You should come visit (again?) before you really decide, and i feel that miss emily should also come and then we could all be here together and have a good time and hang out and be happy. i think most americorps programs start in early september so that gives you lots of time :)
i am not sure yet if i will still be here when you move here...the law school applications are really starting to make fun of me with their non-completeness, but my goal is to get in and then defer until 2010, with no idea what type of job i'll find in between now and then, but hey, you know. it's how i do.

keep me updated, yes?
kpquepasa at 2008-12-05 20:45 (UTC) (Link)
Woah! Hey Colin, forgot you were on my friends page. Good to hear an update duder, and good to hear you're doing well. To be honest, I've always kind of admired that you were so comfortable taking an adventure on full speed - like moving to the mountains.
Good luck with Americorp, that's a great program to be with.
juhiggins at 2008-12-06 15:18 (UTC) (Link)
Oh Colin your life is so romantic. That being said I wouldnt be doing my job as a government defense contractor if I did not say GET A JOB LAZY! And uh, get one in San Diego, we can be friends, and have a beach house. And I promise I wont date you then date someone else in front of you. Our life will be simple and involve the beach, and lots of beer.
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