After waiting 2 1/2 years since receiving my NPS Centennial pin, the big event finally arrived. We were treated to some gorgeous cool, non-humid weather for the first two days. The heat/humidity eventually returned, but it wasn’t as bad as it has been in recent weeks.
Before I dive in to some of my favorite or more memorable interactions, here are some numbers:
109,874 – Total FitBit steps recorded during these 5 days
1,100 – People in the Living Arrowhead on Founders Day
50 – Total Volunteer Hours
45 – Tables Moved, Opened, or Carried Somewhere
27 – Man Buns on the National Mall on Founders Day (I didn’t count the other days)
22 – Total Hours Slept
17 – Pokemon Caught
8 – National Mall Carabiners Acquired
5 – Pop-up Tents Lowered
3 – Pop-up Tents Raised
3 – Free T-shirts
1 – Buddy Bison who Joined me in my Golf Cart on Saturday
Those are the highlights. Now for the fun.
Tuesday, Generator Delivery:
Generator Guy 1: Hi, are you Stacy?
Me: No, I’m Sandy. Stacy sent me.
1: OK, well these trucks are not going to fit down that path, so we are going to have to drop them here and someone will be by with a pickup truck to place them.
Me: (After checking with Ranger Extraordinaire Stacy) OK, put cones around them and they’ll be fine.
Generator Guy 2: I’m going to put these cords in your cart, OK, Stacy?
Me: Sure, but I’m still Sandy.
1: OK, so I will tell Paul to call Sandy when he gets here.
Me: No, he should call Stacy.
1: OK, thanks Stacy.
Later on, Paul arrives with the pickup truck:
Paul: Hi, are you Stacy?
Me: I’m Sandy, and I’m going to show you where to place the generators.
Paul: Well, they dropped these with the hitches facing the wrong way, so it’s going to be hard for me to get up that curb.
Me: No problem, go down here, make a right on Constitution, then when you get to 17th, make a right and come up the curb there. I’ll be waiting to lead you to where we’ll drop them.
Paul: OK, we’re going to do a great job today, Stacy!
Me: Sandy. And I sure hope so.
Paul: OK Stacy, I’ll see you up there.
Ranger: What are you doing over there all day?
Ranger: Which means what, exactly?
Me: Logistical things.
Ranger: Who is that PSU93 car?
Me: That’s me.
Ranger: Well hello PSU93, I’m PSU87.
Ranger 1: You really don’t have to sit between us. We’ve been out here since early this morning and we really stink.
Ranger 2: It’s fine.
Me: If a cadaver dog came along right now, it would totally sit down on us.
Ranger 1: Well, probably next to us.
Me: Either way, it would definitely alert on us.
Three Rangers went to the maintenance yard to get stuff. Another Ranger and I stayed at Con Gardens to do some setup. We finished our tasks and were waiting for the truck to arrive.
Me, in a text: We are selling the tents piece by piece. Next we are going to sell the porta potties.
Sitting in the golf cart in the heat, waiting for the truck to come back, I dozed off a few times. The truck arrived, unloaded, and took off again.
Me: I was totally sleeping in my cart.
Ranger: Me too, until I heard the tires on the gravel.
Me: Well, we got our stuff done so we’re good.
Saturday, while taking a break in our break tent, just after I bought Buddy Bison:
Ranger: I have a really bad Buddy Bison story.
Me: Wait, let me cover his ears before you tell it.
Stickers and tattoos are always fun:
Me, at exhibitor tent during family festival: I just came by to get one of your little Ranger stickers.
Exhibitor: Here, take a few.
Me: *Grabs 12 and walks away*
Me: Hey, where did you get your “Find Your Park” tattoo?
Ranger: Here. *Pulls a bag out of her pocket*
Me: Can I have 2?
The moment I became a little less of a fan of Google:
Moving out at the end of the festival:
Me: I’m here to help cart your stuff up to your car.
Google employee: OK, great, first we’re going to take everything that goes in my car.
Me: Where is your car?
Google: On 17th and Constitution.
Me: OK, I can’t cross Constitution, but I can get you to the corner and you can carry your stuff from there.
Google: OK, well first is this (55-inch) TV. I’ll put it in the back and sit here and hold it.
Me: I can’t take people, only stuff.
Google: But you said you can get me to the corner.
Me: Yes, I will take your stuff and you can walk there to meet me.
Google: OK, well we have these 2 big plants and this smaller plant and this stuff.
Me: OK, load it in.
Google x 2: We’ll walk behind you to make sure nothing falls out.
Goggle x 2: *Walk off in a different direction ahead of my golf cart*
Trip 2 with Google:
Google employee: Our cargo van is at 18th and Constitution.
Me: OK, I can take your stuff up there, someone will have to come up there with me, and then I can come back to get another load if needed.
Google: Loads up cart, grabs a case, and sits in my cart.
Me: I can’t take people, only stuff.
Google: But I thought you said someone has to come with you.
Me: Yes, you have to walk.
Google: All the way up there?
Me: You’re young, you can do it. Also, please switch the order of this box you piled on top of the circular saw.
Google: What do you mean?
Me: Please put the circular saw on top, that is not a stable thing to set a box on top of, especially in a moving golf cart.
Trip 3 with Google:
Google employee: So, take this stuff up to the cargo van.
Google employee 2: Does she know where that is?
Me: I was just up there.
Google 2: Are you sure?
Me: I am.
Google 2: Maybe I should ride with you to make sure.
Me: I can’t take people, just stuff.
Google 2: Well how are we going to get up there?
Me: You’re going to walk. Just like you walked down here from where you parked your car this morning.
Google 2: But we’re tired. We’ve been here since this morning.
Me: I’m tired. I’ve been here for 5 days. And I ran 12 miles this morning.
That’s about all I remember for now. I’ll make another post with some of my favorite pictures from the week.