Living & Working in Great Places
We went without sun from March til September down here. Now the "summer" begins.
We are waiting the arrival of the first passengers, though waiting on their arrival has been painful. We have almost finished the stations Spring “House Mouse” cleaning this past weekend and will do some touch ups the day of their arrival to insure the station looks its best.
With last minute cleaning and finalizing my annual reports I was offered the green house technician position for this winter 2008. That came as a surprise and shock because I was in the process of becoming the alternate for this position in case something happens to my replacement.
I still plan to hike the four day Fjord land Park on the southern island of New Zealand and go to Fiji for 13 days to snorkel. On December 3rd I will be at my mother’s house helping in her recovery from knee replacement surgery. As well as helping my brother with a construction project. If I accept the green house position Raytheon will send me to Arizona for training. If I do get to Montana it will be a quick stop. I’m not sure yet how to book my ticket, LA as my end destination or Montana… I guess it depends on training. To simplify the PQ process I will have all my medical exams completed in Christchurch, and would probably fly to Denver for the Psychological test. There is a lot to do and decide in a very short time. I’ll keep you posted!
This is our end of winter picture (I’m laying down to the right of the 90* sign) I sent the Mid-Winter photo earlier. The full moon was Photo Shopped in because it was too small… but it was out! This is the new 10meter telescope that was built this summer. I moved a lot of the steel and materials for this project. This telescope was up and running this winter and gathered some wonderful information. You’ll have to Google it, South Pole 10Meter telescope.
Auroras we saw this winter.
Our most recent event was “October Fest” hosted by our local astronomer and aurora photographer, that’s him and the Facility Engineer.
South Pole Beer Gardens…
It’s just a little dry here and that darn silk flag wouldn’t leave me alone!
As of today October 22, 2007 I have not yet signed my contract for next winter. One more visit with HR and the paperwork should be in the works.
I’m starting to feel the need and desire to leave for three months, in twelve more days I can.
Flights have been delayed since Thursday, and again today. McMurdo is having the bad weather now.