For those of you who never read my private blog back when it was public and my only blog, I'll do a quick recap and then continue on with the post.
When I was a senior in high school I wanted to get a job to support raising Iverson and earn some money, of course. I applied at a few places, but the only one I remember is the Wildlife Safari. I applied on what I believe was a Tuesday evening, I didn't apply for anything specific but I knew their busy season was approaching and they'd need seasonal workers. On Wednesday I got a call from the elephant department supervisor and we arranged an interview for that Saturday morning. I was ecstatic! I've always loved the elephants at the park and remember when George was a "baby". The interview went off without a hitch and Sunday morning I did my job shadow, I went and spent a couple hours in the barn with the staff, helped clean the stalls, learned which elephant was which and met everyone. They all liked me so I was sent to get a UA and a TB test. Once the TB test came back clear (whew! There's one thing I don't have /wink/) I started that Thursday. Because I was still going to school I arranged my schedule to where I'd have half days until I graduated but with such a terribly busy schedule and him not being allowed to attend work or school with me I had to have Iverson transferred to a new raiser. It was heartbreaking, but I couldn't pass up the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity I'd been handed.