Saturday, August 19, 2017

Pre-SE

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7:42 am - Saturday - August 19th - 51º F, humidity 59%, wind 1 mph out of the east southeast....partly cloudy....forecast high today in Gardiner, MT is 83º F, and 76º F in Mammoth Hot Springs, WY.....hoping we're going to have clear blue skies Monday for the SE, but right now the weather guessers are indicating partly cloudy skies.

We had the 'MID1' shift (11 am to 7 pm) once again Friday, and of course, Friday was also another payday....we get paid every single Friday, which I like a lot.....just like Amazon.  We arrived at the General Store around 10:50 am for our 11 am start time.  Just like Thursday it was very quiet at first, but by 1 pm the pre-SE (SE = Solar Eclipse) foot traffic began to increase exponentially.  I took over the register at 1:30 and for the next two hours it was one customer after another with no letup.  I started with 60 one dollar bills in my drawer thinking that would be enough to make change for a couple of hours, but by 2:45 I was calling the floor manager for another 40 singles.  

It's kind of funny when a customer comes in right at the beginning of my cashier shift to get a cup of coffee ($2.51 including tax) and gives me a $100 bill to pay for it, especially when I have just opened my drawer for the first time that day......I could make change for that one customer, but if another comes with a $50, or $100 dollar bill I could no longer make change, so I just tell them I'll need a smaller bill to pay for their purchase.  Most people understand, but there is always that one person who gets a little upset because they have no other way to pay....I just send them over to the retail counter where they usually are more than able to make change.  Usually after a hour, or so I can make change for the bigger bills and not deplete my drawer.

Finally 3:30 pm came along which is also our lunch time, so I was able to hand the register off to another co-worker and clear my head whilst eating my tuna sandwich.  It seemed much longer than two hours in some respects, but the time really did fly.  After lunch I spent the rest of our shift scooping ice cream.  By 5:30 the kids from Xanterra (we have 4 kids from Xanterra who work for Delaware North on their off days to earn more money) arrived for their 4 hour shift and I was able to step back and just support them by restocking ice cream cups and cones, cleaning, and fetching the occasional soft drink, hot dog, or pretzel.

We were home before 7:30 pm, and spent about an hour sitting outside enjoying the evening air, and total lack of bugs....for about a month the bugs were intolerable, but their season is apparently over, and it is now very pleasant to sit outside.

Well two more days until the SE, and the crowds are getting heavier.....just a few more days and things will begin to slow down as we approach September.

By the way TLE and I recently purchased larger 'MULE' Camelbaks for our hiking forays enabling us to carry a little more gear with us such as rain jackets, gloves, extra socks, UnderArmor, food, snacks, etc.....we bought one (blue) at the Mammoth General Store using our 30% discount ($77 with discount....normally $109), and I found one (red.....last one) on Amazon for $55.....killer deals!


We're adding additional survival type stuff like a Swiss Army knife, butane lighter, space blankets, bandages, Ibupropen, mole skin, etc.  Not planning on being out overnight, or having an accident, but you just never know what the Jello might throw at you, so it's good to be prepared.  They both sport the 100 oz. hydration bladder (3 liters)!

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1 comment:

  1. Those are interesting Camelbacks, sure looks like they will do the trick and you can be prepared for whatever.

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