My plane was late taking off in Vegas, so I arrived about 45 minutes late in South Dakota.  Luckily my friend Cindy was still waiting for me at the airport.  We had to stop at Walmart to pick up other employees, so we both got a chance to shop for ourselves. I had to get 2 pair of pants for work, shampoo, bananas, instant coffee & instant oatmeal. I will wait until payday to get more stuff. Until then I can do without.

I swear the next time I have to travel by plane, I will mail everything except my laptop & camera. I hate dragging luggage all over an airport. My carry-on luggage was small but still to heavy to suit me. I had 2 pair of pants, my gym clothes, 2 t-shirts, work shoes, 1 coffee cup, 1 towel (remember the other 2 towels got mailed), washcloths, deodorant, toothpaste & toothbrush, ziploc baggie with packaged tea & crystal light), nail clippers, foot lotion, socks & undies, and a few misc items that got thrown in.

It was hot in Vegas, especially when you’re wearing 2 long sleeve shirts & thermal pants under your regular pants. Hey I figured if I wore extra clothes then they would not need to be crammed in luggage. I was expecting rain in South Dakota, but the weatherman was wrong. It’s cooler then Vegas though..about 67 degrees when I arrived.

The little town closest to my dorm is called “Keystone”. It looked like a cool place to explore. An ex-coworker who has worked here a few years ago, says that there is a library on the far end of Keystone that I want to check out.  I hear everything there closes early in the evening and everything is not open all year long. So it’s another tourist-trap town, but I will check it out later. I start work on Sunday 9am-5:30pm, so tomorrow I get to relax & explore my new home.

My dorm room is on the 3rd floor, so tonight I went downstairs to check out the building and meet some of the international kids living and working here. I also found a bookshelf in the community room. I grabbed a book called “The Weird Sisters” to read. Figured it will keep me busy for a few days after work. The international kids seem friendly; they are from Ukraine, Thailand, & Czech Republic.