I'M the cute furry little fucker....back off!!!

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Friday, June 10, 2011

The crappy economy seems to have finally caught up to Alaska.  business is down this year and I'm sure that many stores and restaurants are hurting just like the rest of America has been feeling for the last couple of years.  its still the beginning of the season and we are hoping that things pick up but at the moment, it is slow and that makes the day just drag by that much slower.

this is a bit out of left field but i may have the worlds only self hating shitzu.  Mimi is the friendliest dog to both people and other animals to the point that she used to throw open house parties for all the dogs in the neighborhood IN my house while we were asleep.  i would wake up at night and there would be like 5 dogs in my house hangin with Mimi and she would just give me a look like "whats the problem man?"  anyway, we went up to Bangkok when we were all getting ready to part ways and me and Mimi came across 3 other shitzus while we were there.  for some crazy reason Mimi attacked all 3.  it was like "i have this cute furry thing covered, get off my fucking turf!" and then growling and yapping.  very strange.  the dog need counseling.

the tent is going well which is a surprise.  the other years in the tent were spent on a very steep angle because of terrain considerations but this year i managed to find a very level piece of earth so i am not sliding down my tent while sleeping which is very nice.  its cold but its fucking Alaska so its to be expected so i cant complain too much on that front.  I AM living in what seems to be a moose highway which i find annoying.  sometimes i will have a Mexican standoff with a moose who is blocking my path to the tent.  remember that more people are killed by moose in Alaska then by bears and you will realize how dangerous these fuckers are.  big nasty brutes who come graze right next to my tent while i lie very quietly, hoping to god that they don't trample me to death.

I'm doing my best to keep a positive attitude and I'm succeeding most of the time even though negativity does seep in sometimes.  i have been here a bit over 3 weeks and have been working 7 days a week so i am not tired yet but I'm sure its going to come.  the 7 days a week thing actually is pretty sweet because i make either the same money or a bit more in a shortened time frame.  I'm actually going to be in Alaska about 3 or 4 weeks less then i usually am but am on track to make MORE money then before.  go figure.

 i am only working at a little mom and pop fish stand place which sounds a bit crazy but i make more money here then if i were cooking at a nice fancy restaurant. I'm not sure why it works out the way it does but the finer the food i am cooking, the less money i make.  being a cook is pretty mindless work to begin with but now that i am not even challenged even a little bit, i have become a bit of a zombie....who needs higher brain functions right?

IM is doing good back home.  she has been helping her family plant 500 rubber trees on their land which must be a pain in the ass in that heat.  rubber trees are a great source of income in Thailand but its hard for the farmers to cross over because it takes at least 7 years for the trees to reach maturity enough to tap them for the sap.  not many farmers can lose their income producing land for 7 years but if they do manage it, it turns out to be much more financially rewarding while being less physically demanding.

i really do miss the girl but i am trying to stay busy enough where its not a constant thought in my head.  time is going by at a good rate and before i know it i will be back with her and living our crazy life.  just need a little patience.

on a happy note, i should be debt free here in the next couple of weeks.  over the last year i have been in the debt of various friends and family members due to my financial ruination that occured during my wonderful S.E. Asian vacation with my sister.  while i am very appreciative to every one who helped me and lent me money to survive in the fall of last year, i am going to be so happy to be out from under both the financial debt and the wounded pride.  its been about a year but things are hopefully getting back on track.

here i am in Alaska, livin it up and having as much fun as humanly possible while working in a kitchen.  the summer trudges on and i am hoping for warm weather to match the calender but so far its a wash.  my chin is up and my upper lip is stiff.  STAY BLACK fuckers!!
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