Current temperature: -16C
Food: Today’s brown bag lunch consisted of last night’s Chou Chee spread over brown rice. Granted, cold curry is interesting, but it was still spicy goodness. Dinner was a heap of goodness – fresh salad and orange sesame dressing, pork tenderloin, veggie corn casserole, veggie sun-dried tomato and tofu quiche and baked apples (raisins, butter and brown sugar). I had seconds … thirds … AND dessert!
I’ve been advised to let y’all in on more of “where I am”. Currently I’m watching “Inglorious Bastards” in the structure known as the Big House. It is home to the camp manager’s office (Ken Jessen – first job in Greenland was as a “GA”, or General Assistant!), the kitchen, the main bathroom (with shower, flush toilet and washer/dryer). We eat, we watch movies, we brush our teeth. There are 9 of us watching (23 total in camp). Others are watching “The Thing” in the structure known as the Greenhouse. It houses the science technicians as well as the camp medic.
The rest of the camp is a hodge podge of structures: the “shop”, the Rec tent (home to 3 stationary bikes, free weights and yoga mats), “Carp Berthing” (home to 6 cots), and a collection of Arctic Oven tents known as “tent city” (mine is #18). There is a sauna here (heated by a “preway”), but it isn’t running at the moment.
We hit our first goal today: drill and collect 100 meters of core. To fill the ice core box, we actually drilled to 102.5 meters. We celebrated by tearing down the core processing area (which was essentially “lay-flat” plastic tacked to a 4′ x 8′ plywood sheet held up by saw horses) and dealing with driller’s fluid and other items.
Admittedly, the morning proved to be challenging on a number of fronts: chilly, foggy, and our drill was having some issues. A change of cutters changed our attitude, and after lunch we steamrolled to our goal of 100 meters. So much so that we drilled an extra meter for camp … affectionately known as “party ice”.
Today’s “volunteer” was Dorothy Fibiger (Brown) … and we were graced with a visit from Elizabeth Morton and Lana Cohen! Its always nice to have visitors at your work site. In fact, I very nearly took Lana out with our very special hammer … needless to say, Dorothy took over that job with less slippery gloves (sorry, Lana).
Well, I’m inching closer to being able to post pictures … Cheers!