Tales of Antarctic shenanigans are legion. How could they not be? It’s a land first colonized by the US Navy and sailors aren’t known for misbehavior for nothing. It wasn’t long ago that stories were published of excessive alcohol and promiscuity, tales the program was actively trying to combat. It was a rather unfortunate and … More 11-2-19 The Smell of Halloween
10/27/19 I’ve never seen the galley so full. Actually, even the Old Salties I was sitting with remarked that they had never seen the galley so full. Except when John Kerry turned up. But he was Secretary of State and was actually on station. I wasn’t here for that, I was at South Pole, where … More International Space Station
10-25-19 It’s Sunday. And a beautiful Sunday at that. Consequentially, my roommate (who will soon by one of my 11 camp mates at WAIS Divide) and I are putting on warm clothes to walk to the neighbors. The New Zealand base in only a 15-20 minute walk away. We chat about the previous evening as … More Full Rain Man
10-20-19 Day 1 of my return. On 10/15/19 we left Christchurch aboard an Air Force C17. Quite a big plane. I’d guess we were about 80 passengers and a whole mess of cargo. It was a pretty smooth flight and five hours later we started our descent into McMurdo. The crew chief announced “unfortunately….”. I … More Boomerang
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“Close the door!” He pauses. I can see the hamster wheel spinning. “ya know, we probably shouldn’t. If it malfunctions the default is to just clear the tube out into the sea. So probably shouldn’t.” “Don’tclosethefuckingdoor” I reply. I slither further down the tube. My thick coveralls slide easily against the polished metal flooring and … More Life in a wee tin can
At 2 o’clock in the morning, at this altitude, at this time of year, it should be below freezing. Well below freezing. It’s the whole reason we are up this early. The colder temperatures at night increase the safety margin. The cold is the glue that keeps loose rocks and chunks of ice frozen to … More Gettin’ high in the PNW
It’s 5:45 in the morning when we leave the casino and head into the streets. I’ve been here before, but certainly not like this. The people wandering the streets, still clearly in last night’s party clothes, all look surprisingly sober. Early morning in Las Vegas is a blend of people going to work and people … More Risk v Reward, it’s Las Vegas!!
I’m standing in the shower, soaking wet, in total darkness, hoping someone walks in. Someone does walk in, this time. Then the lights go on. At South Pole, two minute showers, twice per week are all that is allotted. An additional energy saving protocol has been enacted in the men’s restroom: the lights are all … More So fresh and clean, but….meh.