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Week in Review: This Is 115. Go Ahead.

Hot shotting at YMCA of the Rockies (the largest YMCA in the world, which can hold up to 5000 guests and 800 staff) is one of the most eclectic jobs I’ve ever had.DSCN1590There are 7 hot shots and a ton for us to do.

Our call number over the radio is 115.

“Base to 115.” This is 115. Go ahead. “We have a guest at the livery who needs a ride to their lodge.” Copy that. 115 clear.

15 minutes later: “Base to 115.” This is 115. “We have a guest at Alpen lodge who needs a ride to the dining hall.” The guest tells me all about where she’s from, the books she’s reading. She arranges for a ride back after breakfast.

“109 to 115.” This is 115. Go ahead. “Would you check and see if 8329 and Serenity cabin are clean?” Can do. 115 clear.

“101 to 115.” This is 115. Go ahead. “We need someone to help us do check outs at the front desk from 8:30 to 10:30.” We’ll send someone right over. 115 clear.

The phone rings. “This is the Rustic Cafe. Could someone come over and cover my lunch break?” Sure, we can do that. I’ll be there in 15 minutes.

“115 to 115.” This is 115. “Can someone see if we have more bomb pops and cookies n’ cream bars in the freezer? The ice cream cart’s out.” Sure, uh…I’m covering Mary Sue’s lunch break at the Rustic, but I can check when she gets back.

The phone rings again. It’s the General Store. “We just got two cases of stuffed animals delivered at the back of the admin building. Can someone help us unload and inventory them?” Sure thing. I can do that.

On my way to the General Store, I get flagged down by two young women in hiking boots. “We’re trying to get to Bear Lake. Where are we?” This is the YMCA of the Rockies. “Oh. That would explain why there’s like, people and buildings and civilization.” That would explain it. “Can you tell us how to get back on the trail.” Sure. You just…actually, do you just want a ride? “Would you?! That would be wonderful!”

And that’s my favorite part of the job. Whether it’s mobility-limited guests who need a ride to dinner, wedding guests trying to find the chapel, or exhausted housekeeping staff who just need an extra vacuum and some clean rags, everyone is so very grateful for the help of 7 young people with golf carts and bright red polo shirts.DSCN1594Besides working hard, there was a lot to enjoy this week and share in this week’s Week in Review.

  • Took the Shuttle into town for fireworks on the Fourth. It was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.
  • Continued with 30 Days of Yoga. The ab day was just 15 minutes, but a fantastic core strengthener!
  • Finished The Chaperone and started an absolutely hilarious memoir, Expecting Adam by Martha Beck. More details to come!
  • Posted another episode of my “Going Hungry” series to the blog.IMG_0050 (2)
  • Sold a whole lot of ice cream on Saturday. I went through so much, I had at least 10 empty cardboard boxes to take back to recycling at the end of the day!
  • Showed my sweetheart the first half of Dhoom 2. Heck yeah! If you haven’t seen it, you simply must.
  • Went out with my sweetheart and tried my first pho–and learned how to use chopsticks. 😉 I was at least minimally proficient by the time I asked for a to-go box for my leftovers.DSCN1598

Did you get to see fireworks on the Fourth?

How do you do with chopsticks?


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  1. Ellie says:

    My brother tried to teach me to eat with chopsticks. He told me the secret is to move your face really close to the bowl so you use them to scoop the food into your mouth. I prefer a fork thank you very much 😛

    1. Joyce says:

      Ha! Yeah–I did a lot of slurping.

  2. That sounds like such a fun summer! I love being in random situations like that – you meet so many fun people.

    Pho is one of my favorites… those chopsticks aren’t easy though!

    1. Joyce says:

      They weren’t as hard as I thought, either.

  3. I’m impressed with your chopsticks skills. I don’t even take them on so you’re much braver than me.

    I’m so glad you’re having such a great time with this job. If only all jobs were so much fun. I bet you get to meet so many awesome people and have new experiences all the time.

    Enjoy those dates with the sweetie. They’re the best.

    1. Joyce says:

      I do get to meet a lot of cool people. I don’t blame you for not taking chopsticks on–I didn’t try it for almost 24 years of my life!

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