Well, this is it. The winter season is ending. Today was technially the first sunrise even though we are in a valley and never saw it. Tomorrow the first plane is going to land since February. We are going to have new people. Not just new faces but 100 new faces. Ug.
Today was our awards ceremony. I have the information right in front of me so let me tell you what it is. See, in 1961 congress decided that anyone that served on the Antarctica contintent for 30 days would get a service medal. It also comes with a clasp signifying that I’ve wintered over. We also got a T-Shirt and a winter over hat. Mandi wants to wear the hats at work and then use the winter-over excuse to go off on people when they complain about the coffee.
The awards ceremony also included Justin getting pie-d. After that the dish room was bestowed with the biggest nastiest pile of dishes from someone’s room yet. Oh. My. Goodness. I mean, it was 2 trash bags full of dishes, all the dishes. Cups, bowls, plates, and trays. I haven’t seen anything that awful. The milk in the cups was crusted, sour, and molded. I was using a spoon to scrape out bowls and cups and not just scrape but to chip away the food. Everything got run through Bertha several several times. It was crazy. Who knows how long someone has had that in their room. Angie helped out a bunch, I got to be useful and we sent Angie away. I just wish I had taken a picture! The bummer is that there is no way to figure out who it was and there isn’t much for punishment that would fit. What do you do? We are guessing that it is someone living in 155. It’s so hard to imagine though because the Galley is right there. How could someone just let unrinsed dishes sit, pile up, mold, and stink? We were really puzzled.
Anyways, tonight it sounds like it’s going to be the Rocky Horror Picture show. Friday was my last GA day, Thursday was my last bake day with Christina, things continue to change. One bummer is all the morning people got put on nights. They despise nights. Then I became the morning person. Now there are extra night people who are supposed to be working later. See, our schedule has us here till 8:30 but we get all chores done a half hour after supper is over. We are out by 7:30. This won’t be allowed at Winfly or in the summer (so they say) and now to try to get people used to the idea they are being given extra stuff to do at night. Last night we girls were off work when we heard what the night crew was going through tonight so we snuck over to the Galley and helped them get out “on time”, 7:40. See, that’s not allowed either. When you are off work you aren’t allowed to work. I don’t get it.
With first flight comes freshies, 500 pounds are reserved just for the winter-overs. We are given a paper bag to fill with whatever we want. Cool.
Another thing that has been affecting us is the new airline guidelines. So far I haven’t really heard the whole story but someone tried to bring liquids to mix and then use to blow up a plane or airport or something, right? You must have heard the news. It resulted in no liquids being allowed in carry-ons. No shampoos, no toothpastes, no water, etc. For us our carry-on has to include everything we would need if the plane got delayed. The day before our flight all our bags go on the plane and our carry-on has toiletries, clothes, ECW (see glossary) and whatever else. As a DA we have to keep a uniform in our carry-on. If a flight is delayed that means we go back to work. Can you imagine that? Well, they were scrambling trying to rearrange rules and what-not to comply with the regulations and get us what we need. Angie was saying how she was delayed for 3 days. It was when she didn’t think to keep a change of clothes. She went to skua. We just got the good news today that we are exempt from the no liquids rule. Gooood.
Another thing with first flight is the wheels down raffle. For $100 you draw a number from a hat, 1 through 60. If the wheels touch the ice on that minute you get the jackpot. $6000. My number is 22, wish me luck. Hey, I figured that for what I charge for two Thai Massages I have the chance of making my entire winter’s salary. Might as well take the chance. There’s a lot of gamblers around.
All right, so I am off. I’ve had a wonderful day off. I managed to pretty much do nothing. I did get to have an awesome talk with Lisa the Physical Therapist. She really thinks that I should look into it. She can run her fingers down your back and tell you where you are messed up, then she just has you do a few moves and fixes it all up. I can’t wait to get home and show Mom all the simple ways to adjust your back. It’s just so cool.
So, imagine tomorrow. 100 extra people at dinner. I volanteered to switch to evening shift so that we can have 4 DAs closing. It’s just going to be so weird. All these new bright and giddy faces who just came from a place that has sun. It is really bright now. It looks like you should see the sun at any minute. It lasts longer and longer too but to see tans. I have adjusted my travel clothes. I was going to wear more skirts but now I realize I need to get some good knee highs. I am soooo pastey. Well, my legs have always been pale, what was I thinking wearing knee length skirts?
It sort of seems like things are coming full circle. For my last GA day I was in Crary vacuuming. It was one of the very first places that I did GAing. Sigh. I am going to miss these people. Bec wintered at Scott Base one season where they have a crew of no more than 14 people. I think they usually have around 10. She says the 3 most stressful times a person goes through is losing their job, losing friends or family members and moving. She did all 3 when she left the base.
The posative note is that there are 56 or so people on last flight, all the DAs that are leaving are on, plus lots of our other friends. Everyone is calling it the party plane. I’m sure excited to see what happens. Everyone is talking sushi for the first meal. I am surprised how many people crave that. Hey, I’m game. I’m hoping to talk to you tomorrow after work. Then we’ll see how it is.