I’ve had some interesting scheduling issues this week. I was original scheduled to work Tuesday, only to get an email saying I needed to go to an Orientation on the same day. I contacted my bosses soon as I found out, but by Monday the problem hadn’t been solved. I’d been given another shift, but my Tuesday shift hadn’t been fixed. As such my boss had to frantically run around to find someone to do the shift so I could make it.
The Orientation was happening at 1:30 at the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural centre’s theatre. I head out at 12:50 with Rhonda as I’m not 100% sure how long it’ll take me to get there. As it happens, it’s maybe a 20 minute walk, and we end up arriving much earlier than necessary, so hung out on a balcony until it was closer to the time. We can’t explore the centre because it has a ticket price, but it looks really interesting so will be coming here again.
The Orientation is necessary because Whistler Blackcomb has recently been bought by Vail Resorts, and we need to be acclimated to the new ‘owners.’ It’s mostly looking at Vail’s promotional videos and looking at its key values, which to be honest are pretty much the same as any resorts. The one thing everyone seems to remember about the day was the Safety video, as it was recited by a woman that had an extremely dull voice (seriously, I had to fight to stay awake) and never blinked once in 3 minutes.
Afterwards, a group of the WHC guys decided to head into the village for lunch, and I dragged Rhonda along since she hadn’t socialised too much since she got here. Also covered her for lunch since she was broke, and we were going to El Furniture Warehouse which is cheap enough for me to do.
Warehouse is a franchise in Canada that is the godsend of the backpacker, because every food item is $5. Plus, it’s relatively good food. I went to one in Vancouver, but had a less than fantastic experience because they mistook my mocktail order for a cocktail, and I didn’t realise until I’d drank a quarter of the drink (never had a virgin mojito and just assumed it was a very sour drink). No worries this time at least, and grabbed the BBQ chicken burger, which was nice enough for the price. No doubt be coming here a lot since it’s the clear price choice for a lot of people.