My sister directed an interesting questions towards me via Facebook while guilt tripping me about not blogging.
“I walk the dog… a lot. It’s gives me thinking time and sometimes the thoughts are truly random. Latest random thought: Do the buildings at McMurdo station, Antarctica have locks on the doors? And if so, who holds the keys?
This should be an interesting topic for Tori Parker’s blog. You know… The blog that she was supposed to update at least once a week…. Guess the weeks are reeeaaaalllly long on the bottom of the world.”
Those of you who know me know that I am a horrible procrastinator. Or, actually I’m a very good procrastinator. I can procrastinate procrastination. But I’m working on that. I’m staying another six months down here so it gives me opportunity to work on it. Not procrastinating, that is.
So, back to my guilt tripping sister. It’s an interesting question, Beth. One I’m happy to answer to the best of my knowledge.
Most of the exterior doors on buildings around here don’t have locks on them (that I’ve seen). What I figure, this is due to the extreme cold temps we can get. I know the key to the Hut Tub shack would get stuck and we lost two this season when they snapped off in the door knob. With that being said, most buildings also have vestibules and then an interior door that DOES have a lock on it.
Now, when it comes to the people that have keys for the individual buildings… The fire department has keys to MOST buildings. Yep, only most. There are some buildings that we don’t have keys to, like the place where all of the liquor is stored. If there is an alarm there, we get to call someone to meet us there to let us in. With that being said, if we can’t reach anyone, we can get in there. We just don’t want to have to do it that way.
In a nutshell – The people who are responsible for the majority of the stuff in the building generally have a set of keys to the building.