The good news is that I have my own cabin and bathroom, all to myself. The bad news, at least for tonight, is that it's in a fairly remote area of the camp. Where no one is staying but me. And it's dark. And camp is mostly empty. And it's really, really creepy. But I'm very happy to have my own room. Apparently tomorrow I'll have a neighbor.
Today went well. I didn't have much to do. Everyone here today with the exception of myself all know each other, from years and years of coming here, first as campers, then as counselors. So that speaks well of the camp, I'd say. But since everyone knows each other, and they haven't seen each other in a year until today, that made for a lot of people "catching up," and me talking to no one. But that's all right. I'm sure in a week or two I'll be fitting right in.
Tomorrow all the "new" people arrive (I'm still not quite sure why they wanted me here today and not tomorrow, but no matter), then all the "old" staff on Friday, then Saturday's a "set up" day, then campers start arriving on Sunday.
Of course right now it feels really lonely, and everything is incredibly dusty, and I've already killed about 27 spiders in my cabin so they won't crawl in my mouth while I sleep, but I'm staying positive. It's always hard at first, and easy to say, "I wish I'd just stayed home this summer and worked a lot and made some extra money to carry me into next semester instead of coming here," but I hope that by the end of the summer I'll laugh at my old self for having ever thought of trading the experience for a little extra money.
I've been hanging out with the other "media" guy, the videographer. He's currently getting his MFA in Film at UNC Greenboro, and he's really nice. He's been here before, but it's been a few years, so once he got here this afternoon we kind of latched onto each other.
My phone gets a strong signal, but for some reason they want to charge me a roaming fee for using it, which is incredibly annoying. Apparently Verizon customers are the only ones who can use their phones up here. The trees here are incredibly tall.