Government Shut Down? Hell they shut ME down as well.

Ah- life in Yellowstone! Back to work after injuring my back and being on Social Security Disability since 2009. WONDERFUL! Yellowstone is one of my favorite places in the world. Fresh air, mountains, flowers, wildlife. Hikes in the woods. Tramping up mountain trails. AND making money for the first time in 4 years! YAY!


This was in May shortly after I arrived- they call the baby bison “Red Dogs.” Don’t make the mamas mad!


This is Mrs. Pronghorn- you can tell because she has no horns and the males have black patches on their cheeks.


Mrs Moose and her baby. Just for the record- almost all the Moms are single Moms- raising their babies alone. Some notable exceptions- the Wolves and the Raptors.

ImageBest picture I ever took in my whole life! Got my own personal serenade from this little beauty walking up the Slough Creek Trail.

Ah life was grand. Got out hiking and sightseeing every day off. Some crazy glitches  over the summer of course- but that is the restaurant biz for you. The end of August came and the weather was still good and the guests were coming in droves. (By the way- the tour buses were FULL of Asian tourists. We also had quite a few international employees from MAINLAND China. What? Young Chinese being allowed to travel to a non-communist country? Hmmmm.)

September came and still the tourists came. And still I got out on my days off. I drove the Beartooth Highway (scary but beautiful), I went to Cody and Jackson Hole. Every time I ventured out of the Park into civilization I quickly remembered everything I hate about cities. Crowds, pollution, traffic from hell. Ok we do get traffic jams here in the park- but they are called “Bison Jams” and “Bear Jams.”


So September is rolling along, the Aspens are turning yellow. Business is getting slightly slower- but we are still working hard every day. Some word starts getting around- mostly through FB as there are very few TV’s here- that the government is going to shut down. I think- NAH- it’s the same BS as we get every six months. The children get into a spat, the argue and wrangle for a week and then they pass a CR. Same crap every six months right? Rouse the Rabble and then business as usual.

October 1st comes and BOOM! The government does shut down- but the little unit I run gets orders to remain open as all the guests already in the park have 48 hours to leave. OOOOOOKKKKK.

Business fell off like aliens had abducted the population of the country! Nonetheless, we stay open and start our end of season deep cleaning process. What the heck- might as well get ahead right?

Now it is kind of complicated. The company I work for is a concessionaire under contract to the government. All the menus and operating hours are approved by NPS and cannot be changed without their permission. The hope in the beginning was that this would all blow over in a few days.

On October 3rd we got word that NPS had agreed we could close for the season on the 4th. BOOOM! Just like that- we were closed. Then we all had one day off to see if the government would come to their senses. NOT. Meanwhile a notice came out that there would be NO NO NO NO recreating of any kind. None. No hiking, biking, picture taking, sightseeing. NADA. Travel between locations only on official business. No stopping along the way. (Are we supposed to run over the bison now?) We are restricted to our “land use agreement areas.” Those are the areas directly maintained by our company. The dorms, parking lots and hotel areas. The one General Store run by another concessionaire and the gas station. (At least they sell booze!)

Mind you now- many of my seasonal employees had prior travel arrangements. Their contracts ran through the 16th of October. And modifying flights and bus tickets can cost a bundle. So my company decided all those with prior travel arrangements would be fed and housed through their end dates. The way it works is if they work less than x hours, no deduction will be made for room and board. OK then. So the company is now on the hook to feed and house all these people – FOR FREE. Thanks Obama.

Part of the contract includes capital improvements to infrastructure. The government owns all the buildings and the concessionaires are responsible for upkeep and improvements. So now there is that much less money coming in to pay for all that. PLUS- the company pays a percentage of what it makes to NPS/Government as the fee for the privilege of running all the hotels, food services etc. Nice huh? Less money in the coffers of both a private company AND the government! A Twofer! YAY!

Ok back to we poor folks working here. My initial contract ran through Oct 16th. Then when I was promoted to F&B Manager, I was asked to extend and post season down at Old Faithful until Nov 5th. Okey dokey, More money for gas to get home and then back here for winter season. (Which may or may not commence in December.”)

Alrighty then. We finished up on Tuesday and we told we were on hold. Meaning we can’t leave. Meaning that if the government reopens we all go back to work. We were told we would know yesterday. Uhm not. Yesterday the decision was made to close the Snow Lodge at Old Faithful. Now the unit in which I was scheduled to post season is the Geyser Grill- which is IN the Snow Lodge. But no decision has been made with regards to that unit.

Nice. So I packed up all my stuff and moved from Mammoth Hot Springs down to my winter quarters at Old Faithful. And here I sit. No pay coming in. (But nothing to spend money on either! Even the General Store here is closed- no snacks, no booze, no nothing.) Old Faithful and the other geysers are out there- but NO recreating.

But here is a pic from an earlier trip of the most famous thing in Yellowstone. Old Faithful.


TRAPPED! I am TRAPPED! All because of a bunch of stupid, spoiled brats in Washington who won’t do the job we pay them to do.

Please God I get out of here before we get snowed in!

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112 Responses to Government Shut Down? Hell they shut ME down as well.

  1. mcnorman says:

    Woah! Glad you came on to let us know all about the shutdown. 😀

  2. The Klown says:

    Great post – bad government.

  3. wmcb says:

    Hang in there. This whole thing just sucks. And I do not understand the Senate’s willingness to pass *some* separate funding bills, but not others.

  4. SHV says:

    “More money for gas to get home and then back here for winter season. (Which may or may not commence in December.”)”
    Winter is a great time to visit!!

  5. helenk3 says:

    thank you for the pictures and the column. what a wonderful summer you had until the backtrack bunch screwed it up. What wonderful memories for you. It will get better the backtrack bunch can not last forever although it will seem like they do.

  6. helenk3 says:

    can the private businesses that the backtrack bunch shut down bring suit for illegal racketeering against them?

    • So where can I find a lawyer to sue the bastards?

      • leslie says:

        Careful PMM. Wanda might turn you in.
        Welcome Back!! So happy to know your back is still okay and you are – or at least were – having a great time in my favorite place in this country!

    • Lulu says:

      I bet the federal employee unions that were amenable to being used as enforcement goons could be exposed in a RICO suit. Why Parks rangers instead of other fed employees? I bet it is their union. I wonder what the payoff will be?

    • 1539days says:

      They can sue, but they’d probably find themselves evicted after this blows over. That’s weird since the MSM says Obama never does anything to whistle blowers out of spite.

  7. Mt.Laurel says:

    First, nice post and that little birdie pic is great.

    Now some questions:
    Are the animals permitted to recreate? I mean those bison can get awful frisky. Are birds allowed to sing? Are the moose expected to only traverse the roads on official business? Inquiring minds want to know.

    And I have been worried about Boo Boo (no not that dumb dumb in DC) and Yogi. Is Jellystone closed as well? Will they be fined and jailed if they are caught with any picnic baskets?

    • I think they furloughed all the animals. Haven’t seen many since the shutdown. Except the pyscho Bull Elk in Mammoth. A couple of bison. (Anarchists!) And a Grizzly that was wandering around Mammoth. I think he works for the Feds as when last seen he was feeding on an elk carcass by the Boiling River. Cause of Death on the elk unknown. Hmmmmmmm.

  8. DeniseVB says:

    Great post ! I’m glad you pointed out that the shutdown isn’t saving money, it’s costing us even more. Hotel and food tax losses hurt the local economies as well as state and federal. Not to mention putting moms and pops out of business, like in the gateway towns surrounding our National Parks.

    It’s the way Obama intended it, to inflict pain. Stay safe!

    • Indeed. The gateway towns are in a world of trouble. The end of September and October bring the newly weds and nearly deads- and they SPEND.
      Hotels, motels, restaurants, gift shops are closing left and right. The fall money is usually what puts them in the black for the year. It is what sustains them for the winter and allows for restocking for the next season. All their employees out of work. How many will have to apply for Food Stamps? (Is THAT still open?)
      The damage is incredible.

      • The Klown says:

        Between Merced and Yosemite is the gateway town of Mariposa. They get screwed any time Yosemite is closed. A few years ago the park was open but the road from Mariposa (Hwy 140) was closed by a huge rock slide.

        FYI: Mariposa means “butterfly” in Spanish.

    • 1539days says:

      I hate to bring this up here, but I think this points out the flaw in federal land. If your STATE has a wilderness area or an historic monument, why don’t they control it?Despite what TR might have thought, the federal government isn’t any better of a caretaker.

      • DeniseVB says:

        As long as the crooked state and local politicians don’t try and sell it off to their donor developer buddies, I’m all for that plan 🙂

  9. driguana says:

    This has been going around in various forms for awhile…this is pretty good…

    *Congressional Reform Act of 2013

    1. No Tenure / No Pension.

    A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office.

    2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.

    All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

    3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

    4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

    5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

    6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

    7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 12/31/13. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.

    Congressmen/women made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

    If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message. Don’t you think it’s time?

    • Somebody says:

      I understand the sentiment of the above but there are a few flaws.

      As to number 1. Anyone elected to Congress after 1984 in fact does participate in social security. At that time all federal employees hired after a certain date were moved into a new system called FERS, including Congress. In that system you pay into social security and you also put your own money with a matching amount up to a certain percentage into what is called a thrift savings plan which is in essence like a 401K, same tax rules apply, etc. It’s possible Congress gets a higher matching amount than rank and file civil service, but I don’t know that is the case. I know under the old system they got more credit per year than a year so I’m guessing they may get a higher match for their thrift???

      As to numbers 2 and 3 see above.

      As to number 5, it’s in the ACA that Congress and their staff have to participate in the exchanges. There is the issue of subsidies which if they weren’t Congresscritters or staff they wouldn’t qualify for……..but I think if I’m correct Obama added the subsidies after the fact or something. The point being if not this year then next Congress will in fact have the same health insurance on the same exchanges everyone else has………or at least in theory.

      The truth is pretty much everyone in Congress is a millionaire, many are not when they get there but amazingly become a millionaire in short order. So they can afford expensive insurance policies. They can afford all kinds of things because of the “perks” of being in office and the perks they cherish are not the insurance and pension.

      None of the above would dissuade someone from running for office. Look at how much is spent to campaign for a job that pays a fraction of the campaign coffers. I think term limits would be a better grass roots campaign, but even that won’t drain the swamp, not as long as there is a revolving door over on K street.

      • angienc says:

        I think you’re wrong on the ACA/congress issues. People who participate in ACA healthcare exchange are not entitled to employer contributions toward their healthcare unless they obtain one of those Golden Waivers Obama has been handing out (contra to the actual law forbidding same) to his loyal supporters (SEIU got one, ‘natch. The Teamsters are pissed that they didn’t get one, hence the Hoffa letter Ted Cruz has been reading every chance he gets). A Republican senator put the amendment in the ACA that Congress had to participate in the exchanges back in 2010 as a way to make Congress put their money where their mouths are about ACA OR kill the bill all together. Congress passed it anyway saying “but of course we and our staff are *happy* to go into the ACA healthcare exchange!” only for Obama to turn around & give them a waiver after the 2012 election (which means, of course, the fix was in from the beginning). Now, Congress and their staff will keep their *platinum* plans at the increased rates thanks to ACA and we, the TAXPAYERS (their employers) will pay the difference in the form of employer contributions.

        • wmcb says:

          We will have to subsidize Congress to the tune of 72% of their premiums. And the Dems are calling that the “same deal” that the rest of us get. On what planet?

        • Somebody says:

          It is my understanding that Obama gave Congressional staff a waiver which amounts to a subsidy which will be paid actually as additional salary if I understand it correctly which then equates to the 72% that wmcb is talking about. I’m not sure if the Congress members themself get the “subsidy” or whatever it’s being called this week or if it is only the staff.

          That’s part of the arguing back and forth between the two sides right now. The R’s wanted to take that away and the D’s said hell no. Even the lowest paid staffer wouldn’t qualify for an ACA subsidy because they make too much money under the rules. I guess it does get confusing to call it a subsidy because in the truest vein of the ACA it’s not. I suppose depending on how you look at it it’s A) an additional fat cat perk for being a Congressional staffer or B) a way to make good on the employment promise when you were hired to be provided health insurance at a certain employee/employer paid ratio.

          The semantics of what is a subsidy or not doesn’t change the fact that I seriously doubt one single, solitary elected representative or senator gives a rip about their health insurance or a matching contribution to their thrift savings plan…… long as the insider trading and kick backs roll on……..that was my point.

      • 1539days says:

        Basically, the Congressional staff gets a no-cost version of whatever gold-plated plan is on their exchange. I’m sure BCBS will offer the District of Columbia one whopper of an all-inclusive plan where every doctor in the world is in-network and co-pays are only for the little people.

        • Somebody says:

          It is my understanding that the plans currently available to federal employees under the FEHB are very inclusive in the DC area. The rest of the country perhaps not as much, it depends on the area, but the DC plans seem to rock, wonder why???

      • angienc says:

        We are talking about 2 different subsidies under the ACA. First is the government subsidy (which seems to be what you are referring to) that everyone who makes under a certain income is entitled to. And yes, Congressional staff makes too much to qualify for the government subsidsy. But there is a second kind of subsidy: the employer contribution. People who purchase insurance through the exchange are * not* entitled to employer subsidies/contribution to purchase that insurance. It gets messed up talking about Congressional staff, goverment workers because we the taxpayers pay both type of subsidies in their case (goverment one based on income & employer one).

      • angienc says:

        Somebody: I’m sorry my last post in this thread wasn’t clear. I meant to clarify that my initial post to you was based on my (mistaken) premise that you were talking about the government subsidy, not the employer subsidy. I now understand that you were talking about the employer contribution/subsidy not the government one.

  10. DeniseVB says:

    Buzzfeed takes a jab at the shutdown in DC ….

    Glad to see so many anarchists 😀

  11. The Klown says:
  12. Let me say that this shutdown has achieved the impossible—-it has reunited me with folks who were furious with me for going rogue—-we’re all united in “a pox on both of their houses!!”

    • wmcb says:

      I think I could get together over beers with a pile of ordinary people, left right and center, and hammer out better compromises than they do.

      • Somebody says:

        Unless one of the participants was a koolaid addicted obot, there is no reasoning with them. Although the rest of the participants would probably join you in drowning the obot with your beers, LOL!

  13. The Klown says:


    Another Enormous Story the Media Is Ignoring: The Trustees of Detroit’s City Workers Pension Fund Depleted the Fund By Giving “Bonuses” To Workers and Even The City of Detroit Itself

    This is a huge story.

    Or, rather, it should be a huge story.

    But it’s not, because it paints government in a rather bad light. An incompetent light.

    People might get the wrong right idea were they to read the facts about Detroit government workers’ pension fund.

    And therefore: they won’t be permitted to read about them.

    Let me give you the short version: Whenever Detroit’s pension fund performed better than expected (as far as investments), rather than keeping that extra money in the fund, where it could grow due to compounding interest, the trustees sent out “bonus” checks to workers.

    In other words, they paid them bits and pieces of their pension before, you know, retirement.

    They also — and I don’t even understand this — paid “bonuses” to the City of Detroit itself, to, you know, waste.

    Even worse (as if that’s not bad enough)… they also paid out “bonuses” when the fund did worse than expected.

    Why I can’t think of anything that could possibly go wrong with this plan, except for Everything.

    Net effect? Well, the pension fund is now absurdly underfunded, because of all the money sucked out of it before actually getting to the pension years. Of the fund’s $2 billion shortfall, it is estimated that half of that, a cool $1 billion daddyo, went out the door through “bonuses.”

    • Constance says:

      No Problem, The Feds can just cover it and either print more money to cover it (devaluing everyone’s money) or raise our taxes to cover it, or add another 2 billion on to the Federal debt. What difference could 2 billion more make to the Feds?.

  14. swanspirit says:

    quoting a formerly progressive friend on FB If you’re still enthralled with the image of the “progressive,” Shepard Fairey-poster Obama and all the things he told you to get elected in the first and second places, this will be a huge shock and horror. If you’ve been reading stories about this all along — about an administration that pledged to be transparent but makes Cheney’s look like freshly Windexed glass — this is no surprise.

    A report released this morning by the Committee to Protect Journalists, written by Leonard Downie, a four-decade veteran of The Washington Post and, for 17 years, its editor. As he put it: “The administration’s war on leaks and other efforts to control information are the most aggressive I’ve seen since the Nixon administration, when I was one of the editors involved in The Washington Post’s investigation of Watergate. The 30 experienced Washington journalists at a variety of news organizations whom I interviewed for this report could not remember any precedent.”

    The Obama Administration and the Press
    Leak investigations and surveillance in post-9/11 America

    U.S. President Barack Obama came into office pledging open government, but he has fallen short of his promise. Journalists and transparency advocates say the White House curbs routine disclosure of information and deploys its own media to evade scrutiny by the press. Aggressive prosecution of leakers of classified information and broad electronic surveillance programs deter government sources from speaking to journalists. A CPJ special report by Leonard Downie Jr. with reporting by Sara Rafsky

  15. swanspirit says:

    GREAT POST and wonderful pics , thanks so much for sharing them !!!PMM , and so good to hear from you . I am still not driving due to a recent back injury , which has severely aggravated my usually well controlled sciatica , but I hope to be driving by this weekend . This not driving might be a good thing , because not driving might be the only thing keeping me from driving through the barrycades at Assateague National Park

  16. wmcb says:

    All my liberal facebook friends are oddly silent. Maybe because I keep posting stuff like this:

    Since when is the person saying “Let’s pass the funding we can all agree on, continue to debate the stuff we don’t” the one who is the one “stonewalling” and “refusing to negotiate?”

    For that matter, since when is the person who keeps publicly saying, literally, in these exact words, “I WILL NOT NEGOTIATE” the one who is being ever so reasonable? I can get arguing that you think what Obama and Reid are stonewalling over is **worth it**. That’s a valid argument. Make that case, then. But saying they are not stonewalling at all, in any way, is just dishonest.

  17. angienc says:

    Sorry this idiocy has effected you PMM.

    Your picture of the bird singing is awesome!

  18. angienc says:

    The thing that pisses me off the most about these ridiculous “shutdowns” of parks and monuments is that the government merely holds these places *in trust* for the public — NPS’s job is to administer and maintain them on behalf of the public. While that may raise issues during a shutdown such as having rangers on site to assist people in distress that may warrant not allowing overnight camping in places like Yellowstone, etc, it certainly doesn’t give rise to banning all “recreating” in the areas. This is especially true of the idiotic closing of the memorials, which is complete fascist bullshit. Yet, no one in the MSM is even bringing this point up as Obama acts likes he’s the king, shutting down public sites by royal decree.

    • wmcb says:

      HONK! I can understand closing stuff that MUST be closed, offering no services, etc. But behaving like you have a right to just kick Americans off THEIR land at will is petty. They are stopping people from JOGGING, for Pete’s sake.

      The people that conquered the West all by them little selves are not allowed to jog on a trail without services nearby. What kind of mewling dependent creatures have we become?

  19. votermom says:

    Great post, PMM – love the pics.
    Trying to prevent people from “recreating” is just insanely Orwellian.

  20. helenk3 says:

    in the you have to be kidding dept

    McCain worries about republicans attacking each other

  21. helenk3 says:


    The Truckers of America and Veterans who have fought for our freedoms have had enough! They are teaming up and preparing to stand up to this tyrannical Government and Take Back Our Country!

    Their Official Website:

    From The Million Vet March on the Memorials Facebook Page:

    Attention Vets! Need a ride to the Million Vet March for the Memorials on October 13th?

    Post your location on the Truckers Ride For The Constitution – they are helping to get vets to the march! Tell ‘em we sent ya! And of course, please travel safely!


    Another Facebook Post:

    Truckers are offering rides for vets to make it to our event.

    Post on their wall here:

    We’ll see if we can’t get you connected up so you can make it. Thanks for your service and support!

  22. helenk3 says:

    backtrack government at work.
    refuse to let Americans see live bison in national parks

    buy phony bull for state fairs

  23. helenk3 says:

    top backtrack donors for 2012

    between the government depts and the colleges, it is no wonder the country is screwed up

  24. underwhelmed says:

    Until the majority of Americans understand that their president hates and despises them, and wishes to inflict maximum misery upon the population as punishment for their manifest sins, nothing will change. Nor will it change until the rotten edifice with which he surrounds himself is torn down.

    If anyone still wonders how Germany descended into the monstrosities of the Nazi era, look around. It’s happening to you now. Evil people in power, frightened and deluded people obeying orders, complacent people going along to get along, and aware people being bullied and intimidated into silence.

    • underwhelmed says:

      No, that’s complacent and deluded people. Frightened people are just frightened — and with good reason.

    • angienc says:

      Anyone who doesn’t see Obama & the progs for what they are after seeing him harrass/cause problems for WW2 vets by putting on that farce of a shut down of the national mall & then turning around and welcoming with open arms (a stage was erected!) La Raza & other illegal aliens to a “pro-amnesty” rally on the mall the same week NEVER will.
      I’ve said it for a long time now: only 3 types support Obama: the corrupt; the sociopaths; and the stupid

  25. underwhelmed says:

    Oh yes — and truly gorgeous photos PMM. That bird is astonishing.

  26. votermom says:

    Is “Economic Traitor” a step up or a step down from “hostage-taking arsonist”?

  27. helenk3 says:

    a little bit of history The Berlin Blockade and what is happening in this country today

  28. 1539days says:

    Hannity was talking about the lack of message discipline among Republicans. Now McCain and Collins are basically arguing for kick the can extensions. I think the GOP needs to fix their narrative.

    1. No debt limit increase because the deficit is too large. Figure out how to do more with less.

    2. No budget until recommendations from #1 are complete.

  29. wmcb says:

  30. helenk3 says:

    US debt ceiling crisis has other nations scared and angry

  31. DeniseVB says:

    Unbelievable. One of the Colorado communities that had a road washed away, now cut off because Obama shutdown their only other road which is federally owned ? Gov is requesting state funding to reopen it.

  32. DeniseVB says:

    LOL, Mike Ditka is taking the blame for Obama being President…..seriously…..

    Yes, Ditka would have won,

  33. The Klown says:
  34. DeniseVB says:

    PMM will enjoy this …. bison take down a barrycade 😀

  35. helenk3 says:

    90% of nuclear safety regulators furloughed due to shutdown.

    WOW I feel so secure

  36. helenk3 says:

    one thing this shutdown is showing is that there is TOO much government interference in the American citiizens everyday life

  37. insanelysane says:

    If I had a son he would blog like Matt Walsh.

  38. wmcb says:

  39. insanelysane says:

    PMM Great post and what pictures!! With all the hiking, you must be getting in good shape. What a cool job.

    I hope you were farther away from momma bison than it appeared! Yikes…

  40. Oh- should have mentioned in the post- this whole thing reeks of them cutting off their nose to spite their face.
    If I am not working, I am not paying taxes. Dumb asses.

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  42. wmcb says:

  43. wmcb says:

    • The Klown says:

      I never saw a white one before. Usually they’re some shade of pink.

      • wmcb says:

        I thought so too, but what do I know? Evidently there is a vagina hierarchy, and the fact that more white ones were previously interested in doing this play is now reason to create a special segregated vagina category. Because my labia is more oppressed than thou’s.

        Feminists are the new cloistered monks. We’re in seriously navel-gazing “angels on the head of a pin” territory now.

  44. lyn says:

    Love your post, Proud Military Mom. Great bird photo. He or she looks like a Western Meadowlark whose song is so pretty.

  45. DandyTIger says:

    Great post. Thanks. Haven’t been there since I was a kid. Need to go back there.

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