I know over the course of the past three weeks you have all become dearly attached to me, and I am sad to say that this is the final installment of my blog. Try not to cry.
Last week, while you were slaving away in your cubicle, I was testing prototype skis at Mt. Bachelor with Mike Hattrup, Andy Mahre, and the K2 Ski engineers. How’s that for job benefits?
In addition to missing out on beautiful bluebird laps in 60-degree weather, you also didn’t get to experience the killer bratwursts I grilled for everybody after the long, exhausting day at work. I’m talking real, boiled in beer and onions, brats. But you would have been out of luck if you like sauerkraut– I forgot to buy it… Sorry Mrs. Bachmeier.
Today is my final day at K2, so if you’re on Delta Flight 1542 out of Sea-Tac tonight and you see someone covered in tomatoes, then you’ll know that my final presentation didn’t go so well.
In all seriousness, this has been an amazing experience and I want to express my sincerest gratitude to everyone at K2 for making my time here so worthwhile. Keep doing what you guys and gals do.
Hey guys and gals, it’s your favorite marketing intern, here for my second installment of blogging about life at K2.
In case you care to hear an update on my living situation, I’m almost finished with the giant tub of peanut butter I bought at Sam’s club, and I’m carpooling with another intern to work, so now I get to pass all of your hapless souls that can’t use the HOV lane.
If you’re familiar with K2, then you know this guy.
I bet you didn’t know that he rides around in this beauty.
Mr. DJ Mullet came by the office the other day to take us out to get cheesesteaks and brought us in the style that K2 employees should have when they go out for cheesesteaks.
Earlier this week, K2 received a batch of T3 avalanche beacons from Backcountry Access (BCA). After setting them up, there was a friendly office competition to find the beacons the fastest. The first two competitors found them in just under 45 seconds. I found it in about 2 minutes and 45 seconds.
Now, you may look at these numbers and call me a loser or inept– and you wouldn’t be wrong, but I wouldn’t say you’re right either. Life is all about consistency. What’s consistent about coming in third place in a drill to save a person’s life? I also came in third place in a three-person ping-pong tourney. Boom. Consistency. That’s what it takes to be a K2 intern.
On a side note, because I lost the beacon search, I had to go get lunch for the whole office and forgot the Global Marketing Manager’s sandwich. Oops.
What’s up? I’m Wyatt, I like to ski, I’ve never been to Disney World, I hate asparagus, and my little sister’s name is Clare. Stay away.
Enough about me, let’s talk about what its like to intern with K2 Sports. Besides living in a motel that reeks of stale cigarettes, and driving a truck in 85 degree weather with windows that don’t work, it’s a pretty good time. By the way, if you’re one of the people who sends in sticker requests, I implore you to include a note with a self-deprecating joke.
Earlier in the week I dug through a dusty old storage cage and came across this ski. I’ll skip the history lesson but this is THE ski that started K2, which was pretty f**king cool to hold in person.
Reason #3729 why K2 is coolest company to work for: going to the Seahawks practice facility and meeting the person responsible for winning Superbowl XLVIII. And of course, seeing Russell Wilson up close.
Some of you may be wondering, what is it that makes this kid so great that he landed this dope internship? The answer is simple– I’ve never seen the Notebook. I’m 98% sure that everyone else who applied was forced into seeing it by their girlfriend. Well I don’t have a girlfriend and if I’m going to watch a ‘chick flick’ it’s because I want to dissect Matthew McConaughey’s early work.
So if you want to see what it’s like to have a bar in your office, then stay away from Ryan Gosling. More to come…