The two weeks before Christmas I ended up working 7 day weeks, kinda nuts, but it all worked out in the end. A care package and a card arrived on the “Santa flight” basically a C-130 loaded with mail. Helena and Maile, I love you forever!! My Christmas dinner was quite fantastic. We had Beef Wellington and some amazing sides, all at a candle lit table surrounded by buddies. Not to mention my boss was my wine steward, and I ended up with “Drinking Coaches” who were two very cool people who had a bit too much to drink and expected me to do the same. There are 3 seatings for Christmas and Thanksgiving. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. :D The joy of 3rd seating is that you can stay as long after the meal as you would like, and the sign up is restricted to night shift. After a few hours though the natives start to get restless and 1st and 2nd seating want the galley for the DANCE PARTY!!! So all the tables are moved away and an iPod is hooked up to the stereo system. The problem with the stereo is that it overheats quickly, and then the party either dies out or is moved to summer camp. I was just not going to let that happen! I enlisted a few buddies and we hauled 2 massive speakers, a stage amp, 2 light trees set to flash to the music, and I played DJ for the night. It was a total blast, and I did my best to keep everyone dancing from 9 till 2. The next day two drunks got in a fight, that was it, both got booted from the ice, and the stories in the newspapers around the world were hilarious. “Unconfirmed reports say it was over a woman.” Ha.
The next week.
Most of the crews have a boss, on shift, who will see some days are going rough, or maybe everyone has been working overtime for the last few weeks and give an ‘easy day.’ Our boss, totally amazing, and we explain our situation and requested an ‘easy day.’ We got an easy half day, which was enough for us to… PIMP THE HOOPTIE!!! We stenciled “THE HOOPTIE” on the hood, the sides, and the back, as well as made it faster, and washed it. Pretty much pimped.
Happy New Year!!
Over the days leading up to New Years I received requests to DJ the New Years party. I eagerly accepted! I was the DJ between bands and also for the “kickin” after band party. I spent a few days in the electronics shop before fixing this crazy moon-flower smart light that moved in beat with the music. A good time was had by all. Amazing pictures soon to follow. The Gym was decorated with a giant parachute from a long ago air drop and it created quite the effect. There were also 3 enormous weather balloons. It was a very entertaining evening, with bands covering everything from U2 to Gin and Juice. The next day was the Race around the world! We made it around in about 90seconds. Beat that. And then!! And then!! We played 18 holes of Frisbee golf!!! Yea, I know!! The South Pole has a Frisbee Golf Course!! 18 holes too!! Fun times at the bottom of the world.
Ok, A legit blog.
The dynamic duo is no more!!! Well, until today. For the last 2 weeks or so Andy and I have been working on different projects. It was kind of freaky at first, but I think it was healthy. For 9 hours a day for the last 2 months I’ve been a shovel length away from him. A break was good for the both of us. The only problem was that my boss expected the same type of productivity, and I was not about to disappoint. The last 2 weeks I’ve been running around the job site, shoveling like a mad man, and yesterday, I moved 3 tons of steel. By hand. 100 pounds at a time. Not to mention shoveling that morning and afterwards. I’m feelin’ buff. Today I showed up with a headache, and needless to say feeling less than fantastic. “Aww, I broke my GA” my boss said disappointedly. Needless to say, I was pretty much exhausted from yesterday. It’s all alright though because last night was BINGO! A dollar a card to play and the prizes are pretty fantastic. I ended up winning a $70 back and neck massage in NZ and also $20 in our back-alley bingo game after. A dangerous game I’ll teach you when I get back… I’m also really excited because a friend of mine is in from Mcmurdo for the week! Very cool to catch up with her, and also to hear stories of all the people I deployed with. A messenger! From the outside world! About as outside as we get around here…
This Saturday is the official dedication of the new station. A bunch of big-wigs from Washington are coming down… if the weather clears… including the director of the NSF! Very excited. Should be a good show with really good food!
Thanks for reading!!
Current Location: South Pole Station, Antarctica
Current Mood: busy
Current Music: Gin and Juice, The Gourds