Ice Bound Bob

Just when it looks like summer is approaching I’ve taken a job that will erase any thoughts of warm weather for a while. In mid August, I’ll fly south- as south as you can go, to be the dentist at McMurdo research station in Antarctica for six months. I’ll be taking care of the dental needs of the researchers and the support personal that number close to 1000 in the summer months when the sun never sets and the ice only melts briefly. I first learned about the job 14 years ago when I did some research about the frozen continent and briefly visited the outer edges on an eco-tour aboard an ice breaker with my buddy, Steve. I promised Pat I wouldn’t apply to work there until Lauren was in college, and the time was right so I applied and was picked! So I’ve got a little over two months to get my act together and make it all happen. The plan is to work there for the summer season and when I come out in mid February to meet Pat in New Zealand and find a warm beach for a while to thaw out. I’m hoping to set up a blog before too long and write and post pictures and would love to hear from you about news from your corner of the world.

In more local news, Pat and I have been enjoying some time together between me hanging out with her in San Francisco last weekend for one of her Bosch business meetings, and then in Colorado this weekend before she heads back to FL. I also biked with some friends on the Air Force Academy last Wednesday to see the Thunderbirds perform their air show for graduation and Obama, and we only got the attention of the secret service once when we started to hike the hill overlooking the stadium and were politely told to come back down before the snipers got itchy fingers. I camped a few days at John Martin Reservoir before Pat arrived this Memorial weekend, and had some wild windsurfing in 30-50 mph winds that blew for 48 hours while my buddies and I had a nice beach to ourselves along the shoreline. Lauren’s busy planning her first parentless European trip with her boyfriend next month and is transferring to an honors college in the fall to study neuroscience, so it’s 
          Hope your weekend was warm and relaxing.

          Cheers,

       Ice bound Bob

Pat (second from right) biking with friends in California

Thunderbirds and the AFA

Note the plane on top is upside down!