And hello, dear readers!
An October sunrise, one of the last of the season.
I apologize for the massive delay in blogging, but, life happens.
So let me tell you what has been happening on the ice since our last update.
Mainbody got off to a late start, just shy of three weeks. What does this mean? This means EVERYTHING was pushed back by about three weeks. Science-y things, deployments, redeployments, life in general. However! When that beautiful grey bird touched down and brought in fresh people, it was a gorgeous sight. So I’ve heard. I was actually at work that day so I didn’t get to SEE it but the morale improved tremendously.
We got in our two new dispatchers and they’re doing great. Both of them are kicking my tail in calls*. With the start of mainbody, Tarley and I both moved to night shift once Lobster and Sticker got trained and released. Even though the evil day star is up 24/7, night shift is a different beast around here. The night shift community is a lot smaller and a more close knit group. I vastly prefer it to the hustle and bustle of day shift.
*By calls, what I mean is calls that have required dispatching. We keep a running tally of calls dispatched, spill team response calls and EOC activations. As of writing this, I am trailing behind with a whopping 5.5 calls dispatched and 6 spill reports. I’m happy to say that I haven’t had any EOC activations (and I plan on keeping it that way).
The arrival of new people meant getting used to having crowds around. Over the past month and a half, I think our population has been averaging between 850-900 people in McMurdo. People now seem to be in the swing of things and a lot of them have their routines pretty set.
Wrapping up October was, as usual, the Halloween Party. I didn’t get to attend, but I did see some interestingly costumed people. The majority of folks seemed to be donning the increasingly popular onesie pajama as a costume. Honestly, it was somewhat disappointing to see that trend here instead of the amazing outfits that I’ve seen in the past.
Next up – November!