After 5 o’clock

By , August 9, 2010
Jeff Bachiochi

Like most 40 hour jobs, GCI interns work the standard 8 hour day. Get to work at 8. A nice 1 hour lunch at noon. And by 5, my time is my own. And when you are 5 hours from home and 7 hours from your friends at school, killing this time suddenly isn’t as easy as it once was. Living in PA by myself has been an experience for sure. Going in, I’ll admit, I had no idea what I was going to do with all my spare time. But fortunately, I’ve been pleasantly surprised. I know I haven’t talked a whole lot about what I do at work yet, but I thought this would be a good time to talk about some of the fun things I do outside of the shop…

My most frequent leisure activity is going to Knoebels. If you are not familiar, Knoebels is a small family run amusement park in Elysburg, PA, which is only a half hour from my apartment. This little gem in the woods might just be the happiest little place on earth (disney schmisney). The park is completely flooded with trees, and with free parking and admission, you can come and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere without spending a dime. The food is good and reasonably priced. And ride tickets aren’t so bad either. I’ve had plenty nights already this year where I’d just meet the guys for dinner at the park, ride the Phoenix and the world-class bumper cars and go home (approx. cost: $10-11, dinner included). It’s always a really fun and relaxing way to end my day.

Another favorite activity of mine is to go kayaking on the Susquehanna River. I’m lucky enough to use a friend’s kayak when we go out. Whether its on the weekend or after work for a sunset tour, we always seem to go out for hours and hours, and it has been some of the most relaxing moments of my time here. The last time we went out after work, we actually saw almost a dozen bald eagles flying over head or perched on a tree. Pretty awesome stuff. Although we generally don’t paddle too hard, the river has a few brief areas of rapids that are good for a quick little thrill. Nothing huge, but big enough to get you wet (especially if you don’t know what you are doing).

I could talk more about leisure, but before I wrap this up, I better talk a little about progress on the trains. At this point, we’re getting close to done. We’ve got most cars up to lap-bar status, which is only a couple phases away from being ready to ship. The shop is certainly getting crowded as the cars get bigger. This can be funny/scary when you think you are alone in the shop, and someone pops up from behind a car after installing a lap-bar can. Its a jungle in there and the jungle gets denser every day. I’m personally looking forward to deforestation as the cars could potentially leave the shop at the end of the week. Lets hope.

But until next time, thanks for reading :)


One Response to “After 5 o’clock”

  1. Nick says:

    Great post! I find it interesting to read about what you do after work. I’m always trying to find things to do myself. Seeing almost a dozen bald eagles at once must have been really cool. The Phoenix is awesome too!

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