This was supposed to be my last pay period until March, 2015 or so. I typically get laid off for four or five months in the winter because I’m a firefighter, pretty low level, and there are not many fires this time of year. Being laid off is normally something I’ve looked forward to during some long shifts or boring shop days, but with the new house and new baby, I’ve been dreading not getting a regular paycheck.
I always save up all summer to prepare for my lay-off, and we’d have made it through, but today I managed to find some other work that will last me through the winter. If you call the supervisor’s office on my forest, I’ll be answering the phone, fielding questions and transfering calls to “ologists” and forest overhead. I did the same thing at the ranger station last winter, and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
I’m not an outgoing person, but in certain situations, where it’s my job and feels totally appropriate, I can be quite chatty. I know a lot about our forest and its recreation opportunities and resource uses, having lived here and worked for the forest here for seven years. Being able to inform people about what there is to do here is satisfying. And I won’t be unemployed.
That is all.