Wednesday, July 27, 2005


You should try on a few weird jobs during your life. This is me (3rd from left holding the bolto fuego)and my cannon crew from...let's just say Reagan was president. We represented a 1740's colonial Spanish militia manning the 6 pounder cannon at Castillo de San Marcos National Monument in St. Augustine, Florida. Twice a day we marched up to the gundeck of the Castillo and did a complete accurate cannon firing in Espanol. Lots of fun and hey, it was a foot in the door of the National Park Service. Gotta pay your dues... Posted by Picasa

7 comments:

Hick said...

It's a dirty job, but somebody has to do it

I bet when you were young and people asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up, you told them you wanted to be a Pirate...and when they looked shocked at your answer, you covered by saying "...or a Park Service Ranger."

Heh!

Rexroth's Daughter said...

That's a very serious costume (uniform) you have on. I agree with you about weird jobs, they often provide opportunities, and they do build character!

Rurality said...

Hey I've been there! And it was while Reagan was president. Don't remember running into you though... :)

Floridacracker said...

Hick, You guessed it. It was always a toss-up for me on career day...pirate or park ranger...
Actually, we were representing the good guys who defended San Agustin against constant British pirate raids. Name a famous pirate and he probably burnt my hometown to the ground.

RD,
Oh lordy, never call it a costume in front of historical reenactors. They will correct you pronto...3 or these guys are actual NPS rangers and 3 are volunteer reenactor types.

Rurality,
Park rangers all look alike....

kevin said...

I don't know how much Park Rangers make, but they get to work in some cool places. You know Russ Gallipeau(sp?), he's worked all over the country. I think he's in California now.

Weary Hag said...

Men in uniform. You really know how to draw the attention of the ladies now, don't you?

Actually, this is a lovely photo. Are you trying to outdo me on weird jobs? *wink*

Floridacracker said...

Kevin,
Part of your park ranger pay is $ and part is experiences most people don't have except maybe on short vacations once a year. It actually says that on your pay stub right next to the FICA and SS deductions, Quote:
"Lucky you to work in a place like this has been factored in and your pay reduced accordingly"


Weary,
I'm not sure how appealing we were to the ladies. The uniform coat was pure wool and weighed 9 pounds before being drenched in sweat. Good thing it's not a scratch and sniff photo. And yes, your post on being the photo czar inspired this post of mine.

Take care.