Ready for the call-Firehouse
Brian in the Boulder Cave
It has been such a crazy week. Well, actually it probably hasn’t but I just like saying that. I suppose today is when everything has been crazy. We had 4 pregnancy announcements, snowmobile races, condition 1 dodgeball, the DA girls had mustaches, there’s a sign-up for volanteer’s for topless pot washing night and a cross country ski trip to the South Pole (800+ miles away). The great thing is that this all started last night. Mandi tried to get the Doc. Gave him symptoms of pregnancy. The best thing is that once he was let in on the joke he came out of the office and totally played the part of unhappy doctor to Sandy, his wife and our coworker in the Galley, “I am so pissed!” He said, “She’s pregnant.” He even had a pregancy test in hand. Freaked out Sandy. Only in Antarctica can you get such awesome props for pranks. Have you heard the story? I should fill you in. The number one Galley rule is no getting pregnant. Two DAs got pregnant last winter, unexpected, and Angie had to deal with the drama and an early flight home.
Today Emily had a special posative reading pregnancy test, found Angie on her day off and gently guided her to the bathroom (in the kitchen area) where she had “found” this used test. I guess it got Angie good. Lou Ann just walked in, I guess all her clothes are missing out of her room. We wanted to do the classic bed moving and put someone’s bed outside.
As for the rest of the week. I haven’t been writing down the day to day stuff so it all ran together. I got to play Bingo, do some shoveling, I got trained on how to use the new industrial sewing machine, and basic CPR. The sewing machine is awesome. I found some material for a patch and soon I will have patched Carharts. That is the uniform around here. Patched Carharts and longjohn or duofold shirts.
There was a group that went out to Black Island to check on some sensors. Black Island is where our communication bounces off the satelites. Anyways, they ended up getting stuck there for 2 extra days because of 80 mph winds. Cool. Luckily the problem was a false alarm. Last time a guide line broke and was making the dish rattle so that we were getting interupted signals, no outside communication for 2 days. Speaking of wind, the weather has been absolutely beautiful. The sun is always out and the wind has been almost nothing. Well, take that back, I remember seeing that yesterday’s windchills were down to -47. that was with 22 mph winds. Today the temp was pretty much -4. I really don’t think it feels as cold as home though. I would say that today was around 8 degrees if I was back in MN.
Today I finally went to Castle Rock. That’s what the rest of these pictures are about. It was just beautiful. Easy. About 5 miles. It’s the last official trail I still had to hike – well, I didn’t hike the loop, that’s another 3 miles or so. I guess there are some other roads to follow. I was with Skye and Julie. I don’t really know either of them very well but I was glad that Sky invited me along. I had stopped in at the Coffee House late one night and he was bartending.
Yesterday I was a bit ill and it’s really nothing I would usually bring up but it was really interfering with my work. It was GA day and we were in waste with lots of lifting and a bit of shoveling. I just didn’t want to move and I didn’t want to look like a slacker. Troy could see I wasn’t well and I finally confessed to the other workers and it was just amazing because they totally coddled me. I don’t remember ever feeling so taken care of at work. It was just the sweetest thing. Sarah let us out an hour early so I could lay down. I don’t know if I really got it across to you how special it was.
I guess another little special thing was reimbursement day. Wow. It’s crazy the hoops you have to go through. First you send an e-mail with 2 selected secret questions. 24 hrs later you can call a number, you give them your 7 digit employee number, they ask you the questions you sent and they read off an elaborate password so you can log onto a website. I won’t go through all the details but they had to have computer classes so people could do the reimbursements. It was during this time that I realized that the store that I had bought my boots at in Colorado had charged me for them twice. Nothing make talking with customer service people as entertaining as being in Antarctica. “Oh, we doubly charged you? That no problem, bring your reciept into any Dick’s Sporting Goods. . . You’re not in Colorado? That’s OK, bring it to any Dick’s, it’s a nation wide chain. What do you mean that won’t work? Where are you?” Hahahahaha. Then you have no choice but to drop the big ‘A’. All right. Tonight is the spa night for us DA girls. We put olive oil in our hair and sit in the sauna. What fun. Talk to you later. I am going to put up some more pictures. I didn’t realize that there was limited space.