My last article kind of set the scene and gave a general overview of my work in Alaska. This time, I think a couple stories sounds nice.
Work in the first couple weeks was fairly slow, mostly just 8-hour shifts. Soon enough though, things ramped up fast and we were getting 16-hour shifts every day. The biggest issue I was facing was the fact that my feet were hurting really bad.
One day, I got back to my room and saw a couple boxes of boots called Xtratufs. One of the roommates explained to me that these boots were amazing and would help with feet pain, but upon hearing the price tag of $85, I wasn’t entirely sold.
The next time we went to the store though, I saw the boots and my Mom and I decided to check them out. I found that the size that would fit me was a 15 (I normally wear a 13) and since they only had 1 pair of the size, decided that I should go ahead and get them. And yes, I am entirely happy about getting them.
The first 16-hour shift I did with them, my feet didn’t have the throbbing pain they usually would, replaced instead with the tired pain that would be there if you stand on your feet for 16 hours a day. The only problem I had with them was with the seam rubbing the back of my ankle and causing wounds there. Next year, I’ll duct tape the seam to smooth it out.
An issue that isn’t caused by the boots specifically is that the sweat that obviously accumulates doesn’t have a way out and just stays there. This causes your feet to kinda get the way your hands do if you stay in the pool for a while, only because you wear them for 16 hours a day, it doesn’t go away. The callouses that should form don’t harden and therefore, my feet hurt really bad. A solution to this is doubling up on socks so that the socks absorb sweat and keep your feet dry, replacing them half way through the shift would also be ideal. I’ll be bringing a lot more socks to Alaska next year.
I’ve never had roommates that weren’t family before. It was a pretty good experience. Two out of three of my roommates were cool guys, one of them actually joined my Discord server (chat and voice chat server). The last one though… He was cool in the beginning, a bit weird but I didn’t really have an issue.
Soon enough though, issues started to crop up. It really started with him not waking up to his alarm. Big deal right? It happens, people sleep through alarms. He slept through every alarm he set and even forgot to set his alarm sometimes. It really annoyed us because he counted on us to wake him up and if we didn’t, he would actually get mad about it.
Then there was the stink… Just so you understand, this guy worked in the fish house most of the time, working with the fish guts and all that. You would think he would clean up and shower. Nope, he never showered, always kept his laundry everywhere and didn’t care at all. My other roommates and I showered every other day and put our laundry in the bags provided for us.
The last issue was that we kinda felt like he didn’t work hard, and it wasn’t just us who thought it. Most of the leads didn’t like him cause he didn’t work hard and would make a lot of mistakes, even after being told how to do the job. If you can’t tell, I really didn’t like this guy. Thankfully, he was one of the first to be sent home.
Watch next time!
That’s it for this one, next week is probably gonna be about my return journey to the Philippines as there was a bit of an ordeal that happened involving my dual citizenship.