8:22 am - Monday - September 25th - 29º F, humidity 95%, wind 1 mph out of the south southeast......clear BLUE skies.....forecast high for today is 50º F in Gardiner, Mt, and 49º F in Mammoth Hot Springs, WY......0% chance of rain.
Sunday was a very emotionally turbulent day for me.......if you have read my blog for any period of time you know that I love to watch both college and professional football. Over the past couple of seasons a few NFL players began to protest during the National Anthem first by sitting during the anthem, then kneeling. This practice escalated significantly this Sunday with, in some cases, entire teams refusing to stand for the National Anthem, and others remaining in the locker room until after the Anthem was finished. I have become increasingly disturbed by this show of disrespect for our national symbols, which in my opinion, is entirely based on a false premise. They have the Constitutional right to protest.....it's called 'Free Speech'......they do not have the right to be respected for their form of protest. I was faced with a difficult decision......do I continue to watch, and therefore lend consent by my silence, or do I stop watching? I wrestled with this decision the entire day at work, and by the end of the day decided I would also engage in my own form of protest.....I will no longer watch NFL games as long as this disgusting display of disrespect continues. Politics continues to encroach into every aspect of our lives.....is there no corner of refuge from the political? I cannot turn on ESPN anymore without being deluged with political opinions by the nattering nabobs foisting their politically correct opinions upon my soul. I am boycotting ESPN, and I am boycotting the NFL. When they decide to leave politics at the door of the studio and stadium I may return.....I don't know.....that is a decision for another day. Until that day arrives I now have Sunday's free once again.
Our Sunday shift was the 'CLOSE' so, as is our custom, began our drive up the Gardiner River Gorge around 11 am arriving at the General Store around 11:15 am. Including myself we had 4 workers in the fountain when we could probably have gotten by with 2, or even one for 99% of the shift. I'm not complaining.....it is the nature of this time of year and the 8 am to 8 pm hours......once we begin our new store hours (9 am to 6 pm) and only work 4 days per week that, the over staffing, will disappear.
There were brief flurries of activity during the day, but for the most part we, the 'Fountain' folk, spent our time talking about 'cabbages and kings' 95% of the time. I spent my last 'CLOSE' shift working with Taylor.....we work well together, and when it comes to closing the 'Fountain' and doing the required cleaning we have it down to a science. Once again it was 7:30 and I was saying good night to Taylor for the last time. I had to wait about 30 minutes for TLE as her shift begins and ends after mine, but we were on our way home by 8 pm......not watching Sunday Night NFL, but the finale of Master Chef, which was won, deservedly by Dino.
We are off work the next three days, and we are awaiting a phone call from a possible employer at our exciting summer of 2018 destination. They have read our resumes and want to talk to us......crossing our fingers that all goes well!
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