Tuesday, June 26, 2007


Saw this quiz at RevisionSpiral and thought it looked fun. Until it kicked my ass that is. My ego feels bruised....

And I do like people, by the way.

Your Score: Dictator- ENTJ

66% Extraversion, 86% Intuition, 53% Thinking, 60% Judging

Have you no soul? It's clear you have no heart and that your blood runs cold, but really, do you have even one redeeming factor?

Sure. You're a natural born leader. So was Hitler. You just don't like people, do you?

You don't play games. You take charge. And there's very little room for mistakes in your world. You're forceful, intimidating and overbearing.

Heard of the word "patience?" Trust me, it's a word and it's something you're sorely lacking. Believe it or not, you're not always right. Learn to have some patience for those who think differently from you, knobflap.

From the way people's knees knock when they see you, you should have realised by now that you're not exactly a "people-person." You're more of a "people-eater." You just ain't tuned into people's feelings and probably couldn't care less whether you were anyway. Maybe you're not from this planet but the rest of us are.

Sure, you're intelligent. So what? You have some semblance of power. Big deal.

At least people LIKE the rest of us.


If you want to learn more about your personality type in a slightly less negative way, check out this.


The other personality types are as follows...

Loner - Introverted Sensing Feeling Perceiving
Pushover - Introverted Sensing Feeling Judging
Criminal - Introverted Sensing Thinking Perceiving
Borefest - Introverted Sensing Thinking Judging
Almost Perfect - Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving
Freak - Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging
Loser - Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Perceiving
Crackpot - Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging
Clown - Extraverted Sensing Feeling Perceiving
Sap - Extraverted Sensing Feeling Judging
Commander - Extraverted Sensing Thinking Perceiving
Do Gooder - Extraverted Sensing Thinking Judging
Scumbag - Extraverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving
Busybody - Extraverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging
Prick - Extraverted iNtuitive Thinking Perceiving

Link: The Brutally Honest Personality Test written by UltimateMaster on OkCupid, home of the The Dating Persona Test

Monday, June 25, 2007

My Summer So Far...

Hello hello.

The summer is progressing, the job is continuing, the fun is lasting, the cool things keep happening. It's all good.

I am proud to present you... some pictures of what I have been up to lately...

This is a view from the porch of my cabin on base.

This is the other LC (Logistics Coordinator) I work with, Michelle. When I'm lazy {read: most of the time} I call her Mich (m-ee-sh). She's super cool.

A large part of my job involves packing. I pack food, equipment, and just about every other possible supply you could think of. Caitlin and I spent a good amount of time packing instructor first aid kits at the mothership.

Also for my job, I have to do a lot of driving. We drive bad-ass trucks that can (and do) go just about anywhere. This is a driver training day.

Why do I pack all these things and drive these crazy places? To support these people.

These are the two patrols for my current course. They are on a 30-day expedition. I don't see them very much because they are in the field and I am usually not. I take them new food and equipment every 7-10 days. I did get to go in the field and help with the service project. That was really really cool. Lots of switchbacks getting in and out though. One day I walked down 36 switchbacks then the next day I had to walk back up! The view was worth it.

For the service project we worked to eradicate an invasive species presence at the trail into the wilderness area. The plant was right along the railroad tracks and we had to watch out for the pop-cars. Pop-cars check the tracks for any obstacles before the train comes through, avoiding potential catastrophe.

We also got to break down some fire rings. That was a lot of fun.

I know it's probably looking like I just work all the time. Don't worry, there is plenty of time spent playing around.

So yeah. That's my summer so far!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

no more waiting

Today, well, actually yesterday, I was done waiting. For weeks now I have been thinking aboutthe LC job, what it is going to be like, actually completing a course event. Yesterday was the day. My first course start.

The first course I am working is a 30-day. That means that I will have 5 course events during the duration. It's going to be a lot of fun.

So yesterday we (Instructors, Course Director and myself) clean up base in the morning and head out. When we get to the start location we unload the trucks, distribute the gear and barrels that need to get to their specific locations, set up and wait for the students.

When the students arrived we introduced ourselves and got to know them a little bit. C gave the talk and they split up. M helped me put lunch out on the "tables" and the day started rolling. (Instead of hauling real tables and drying racks out to course start we instead use items that we have with us. In this case a table is a backboard on top of two barrels and a drying rack for the dishes is a litter.) I got to bounce back and forth from group to group helping and interjecting a little bit here and there. All of the students seem super cool, I'm looking forward to seeing them at re-supply.

When the first patrol was done packing we shuttled them up to their trailhead. It was a burly mountain road, and a lot of fun. I got to do four water crossings and at one point one of the students in my vehicle exclaimed "this isn't a road!". It was a road, but it was definately a four-wheel drive road. Lots of fun.

Now I have two days off. Driver training has been cancelled, so I'll have more time to prepare for resupply. I think I'll just ride my bike a bit, it got delivered yesterday with a lot of freshies and supplies by my awesome boss. Maybe I'll go do that right now.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

the Mothership and our ties to it

I'm in Silverton. It's beautiful. It's remote. It's far away from lots of my friends. It's fun. It's challenging. It's contradictory.

Contradictory in the sense that even though I know I should be "done" with work for the day my camp training is kicking in and not really giving me the option of relaxing or enjoying being "off". Contradictory in the sense that I am having a lot of fun, and really enjoying my job, but I'm also lonely and needing a community.

Yes, there are other people here. Right now we have a whole 8 people on base. Whoo freakin Hoo. Eight. In a couple days it will be down to 4, then 3. At times over the summer there may be only 1 or two people around. I like the people that are here. We have fun hanging out together. I miss all my other LC-type-people that are scattered in places like Marble or Leadville.

We've started calling Leadville and the LMC the mothership. My goal is to refer to it that way the entire summer. It kinda makes sense. We came from the mothership. It's where we recieved our indoctrination to the organization and our "mission" here. Whenever we need more supplies or need to prepare for our next course where will we go? That's right, the mothership. Our central leadership is in the mothership, a major part of our support system is in the mothership, it makes sense. (At least in my head.) The best part is the way everybody still laughs everytime I say "mothership". I think that may be one of the best parts of the whole deal.

Speaking of missions, today I got to do my first real in-depth activity with the course I am working. We talked about expectations and went through the gear and food. I really like my job. Everybody says I did a good job. I feel kinda special that C even complimented me.