Instructions on the Rec Board today:
for new arrivals:
-Meet new people
for winter overs:
-Run and hide
What a day. I can’t believe I am already done working at 4:00. I think I like this morning thing. Of course I was pretty incoherant trying to explain to the new lead how to wash pots. I went to the post office today as well. What a mess I made of that. It’s been awhile since I’ve mailed anything, I guess.
Luckily today was the food order so Troy and I got to help out with that instead of being a DA. That lasted from 9:00 to 1:00. There was 8 pallets to unload. I really should have taken pictures of the before and after. I’m surprised that we were able to find room for all that food.
The highlight of the day had to be the DA meeting when we were all officially intorduced to the new leads. There is 3. We all got to share how out of it we have become and just watching everyone try to talk in front of a group was hilarious. Emily couldn’t remember the place called the “Coffee House” so she mimed the curved roof which was enough for Mandi to understand what she meant and to fill in her blank. I don’t think I have ever seen a group of people so out of it. We couldn’t even remember what we were supposed to be going around the room telling about ourselves. Name, where you’re from, when you came down, how did you like Antarctica and any tips. Troy started it off for us. “My name is Troy. . . . What else?” It just went from there. Exactly the same for each person. Emily was nice enough to explain my “speech impediment” to the group. Thanks. I told her to tell them why I drew a hanger on her apron this morning.
-We saw blue sky, DAs stopped work to come out on the back dock.
Toasted story of the day:
Johnny and Shane were cooking a stew. I guess it was Johnny’s project but he stepped away to do some other stuff, came back, chatted with Shane some more and it was about that time that he realized that he had never turned on the steam kettle.
Anyways, we have all been discussing how we feel about new people around. Me, I haven’t looked in the dining room when people are eating. Simone says she has been avoiding eye contact and that all the new faces make her nervous. Jana was singing this morning but now she’s on edge, her moods are always all over the place though. Troy says that he’s been friendly but the new people have skuttled away and not talked to him. Him and Emily think that they’ve been warned about winter-overs. “Don’t make eye contact, don’t speak, and no sudden movements,” must be part of the Safety Training in Denver. Susan was real good this morning, quiet, Andre and I talked about it at break. He’s flipping out too. Great news, tomorrow there is a total of 2 firefighters on duty. A little adjustment going on as the replacements actually arrive.
So far all I notice is more of a mess and I realize that I might not know the back of the person that I see down the hall. It’s sad. There’s people I can recognize by their walk, or a patch on their Carharts. I think the new people are fitting in well as they adjust to their jet lag. Emily says that someone hung their coat on “her” hook in one of the 3 coat rooms along the hall(which is next to Troys’ hook) and she had to move the offending coat over. Jana ate at Burger Bar because someone was at “her” table last night and she couldn’t do computer work because someone was on “her” computer. There is 85 more people here now, tommorow is the big bang though. After tomorrow our population will be at 402. We have been at 203 all winter. I can’t imagine. Gonna go eat. Hope no one is sitting in “my” spot.