Howdy everyone! I’m sorry I haven’t posted recently. It’s been really busy here as the scientists (beekers) are now rolling in and the station population is up to about 800 people. A lot of projects are moving forward so I have had a lot of equipment to roll out and training classes on snowmobiling. More on that later!
The standard work week down here in Antarctica is 54 hours per week, so we work hard. Plus there is a lot of time that you donate towards other things to make the community and life down here better. For example, I volunteer time in the craft room, and doing tours of the historic Huts of Robert Falcon Scott, and Earnest Shackleton. Nice, Huh? : ) But what I was trying to communicate was that because we work hard and have to support and rely upon each other, we also have a lot of fun community activities.
Earlier this season I went to Scott Base, which is the New Zealand Antarctic station just a short distance away. My friends Dave, Tyler, Rich, Cary, and myself entered the Antarctic Flip Cup competition. Needless to say, I had never played Flip Cup before, so I was a bit nervous. In the game you have 3 cups of varying size filled with an alcoholic beverage. In this case it was Hard Cider that the Kiwi’s wanted to get rid of. You start by drinking the first cup and then standing it on the edge of the table. You flip it upside down and then move on to your second cup, then the third. When you are done, your teammate then goes until your team is complete. We ended up being quite good at this game as we smashed the competition in the team games and set the speed record as well! We then competed individually and a fuelie named Jamie won.
Playing flip cup at Scott Base, Antarctica. The players from left to right are: Cary, Rich, Me, Tyler.
Me holding the trophy and Tyler making funny faces.
Tyler, Cary, Me, Rich, and Dave… The team champions of Antarctic Flip Cup!
We also recently celebrated Halloween… which is quite the fun event down here. A lot of people participate and have some absolutely amazing costumes! During the Halloween party there was a “Group Competition”. Some friends and I went as professional wrestlers. Our friend Tad was Hulk Hogan and had been prepping for this day for quite some time. His costume was awesome! We actually staged a “WrestleMania” on stage and I got put in the Camel Clutch by the Iron Sheik. Hulk came to rescue me and smashed a chair over the Sheik! The winner was decided by the crowd and you guessed it.. We Won the overall!
The wrestling crew: Nacho Libre (me), The Iron Sheik, The Manager, Hulk Hogan, Brooke Hogan, Randy Macho Man Savage, and Jimmy Superfly Snuka.
Me as Nacho Libre. Too bad you can’t see my cool pants and knee pads!
Tad as Hulk Hogan standing on the top of Observation Hill in Antarctica.
In addition to all this excitement, I was a member of the champion Dodgeball team… I just don’t have any pics of that yet. I really feel fortunate to be here and be a part of this fun community. I am also thankful for the friends that I have met down here. They are great people!