Hi snow shovel fans,
The weather warmed up to zero and the sun provided enough light to go out and shovel my windows clear, so as long as I avoided getting electrocuted by the 2 inch diameter cable that was strung at chest height I was able to get the job done in about 30 minutes. The reward was a view to the north of the Transantarctic range, with the frozen ocean in the foreground that will be the route the icebreaker takes in a few months. I’ve got the office up and running with a few patients trickling in, but have no doubt once the masses find out about the best services on the continent for fillings, root canals, and extractions they’ll be ringing the phone off the hook- or not. Either way it’s a great set-up and all the folks I get a chance to meet have an interesting story to tell, from the NASA researcher that worked on all the shuttle launches to the 72 year old welder that teaches a silver smith class that I’ve signed up for.
The food has been a real surprise, and last night we dined on Caesar salad, fresh sourdough bread and pork loin stuffed with spinach and dried tomatoes with a dozen or so other choices to add to that. Most people gain weight here and I need to start walking and skiing more to make sure I don’t fall into that trap. I took the shuttle van 2 miles to Scott Base last night, which is the New Zealand station just down the road, and while I was unsuccessful at getting the reputed ping pong table set up I ran the pool table for 45 minutes while sipping a beer and hearing tales from the Kiwis that had been stationed there for the past 12 months. That’s the news from here, so time to go see what the dining folks have in store for us tonight.
Bob of the extreme south