Settling in quite nicely
Trip Start Oct 16, 2007
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I think it helped to have a weekend. It actually started out really crappy. I was sick on Saturday morning. Which really isn't hard to imagine here since this station is a microcosm. When a cold or flu hit's it usually sweeps the station and almost everyone gets hit sooner or later. Well mine came sooner. But the good news is that it left very quickly. I woke up feeling like crap. Headache and nausea. So one of the seniors cargo people told me to take the day off. I happily ablidged and found myself feeling amazingly better by noon. No, it wasn't a hangover. Later that day I was 100% better and ready to party for the night. It was an important party that our office held. I was apprehensive to go because of taking the day off, but Paul, another supervisor, told me I should definitely go and he would be dissapointed if I didn't show up
Instead of a hangover I woke early and went to help clean up the work party before anyone else arrived. True Burner fashion. I imagined my friends Peachfuzz and Stanley were there with me and it went quick and easy. They always makes cleanup a fun time. Love you two! So the rest of the day I had plans. The calendar for Sunday was filled with lots of excitement that McMurdo has to offer. By 2 pm my Roomate Bill and I were at the Crary Lab tour, which is offered every Sunday to the inhabitants of McMurdo. This is where most of the research is done here, maybe it's all of the research. I don't know yet. But it was really cool. We got to talk to the Scientist about all the cool things they get to do. Learned a bit about the Emperor Penguins. Which I haven't seen yet, but yes, they are around
Later after that I continued with my Itenerary by attending my 4:30 yoga class. It was a good class but pretty challenging as the instructor was a no nosense type with and Italian accent. I loved it, being the glutton for punishment that I truely am.
After dinner it was off the the Coffee house for a glass of wine (or 2). Then off to the science lecture in the Galley at 8:15 about the microbial life that lives within the ice sheet that covers Antactica. Very interesting but the technical jargin makes me sleepy. The jist of it is that there are actually living beings within the ice sheet and the ice sheep has giant lakes underneath it. Fresh water too. 90% of the worlds fresh water is frozen in the ice of Antarctica. WOW!
The next day, Monday. I was supposed to report to the Ice airfield for work. My job down here is Air transortation Apprentice (Cargo, loading and unloading Airplanes, working much in the same business as UPS). But the weather put an end to that. The road to the ice runway was closed because it's actually on the Sea, and as many of us know large flat areas areas allow wind to pick up much more than the mountainous areas. McMurdo is right on the edge of the sea. And the weather is measured in Conditions. Weather condition 3, normal conditions, everyone works, Condition two is adverse weather, but not too dangerous, everyone still works. But Condition 1 weather, we aren't even allowed to go outside or drive a vehicle if we are caught in it. We had condition 1 on the airfield but in town , condition 2. It was blowing like mad, and it actually snowed a little bit. Which is a rare occurance really, being Antarctica is actually a desert. It's the highest, dryest, coldest and windiest continent on Earth. It was so cool. The intense weather reminded me of a few things as I practiced my Fork loader driving skills. I was laughing with myself playing like I was Han Solo on the ice planet Hoth. Imagining my 950 caterpillar forkloader was actually a snowspeeder. Looking over drifts half expecting a probot to pop up and take a shot at me. Whoo hoo!
The other thing this place reminds me a lot of, and I was shocked to think this, was the playa where Burning Man is held
Yes, home, sweet home! Well as the old saying goes, Home is where the heart is. And I certainly feel very much at home here.