Saturday, December 12, 2009

A Changing Skyline

In the past week the “deconstruction”, not sure why the word “demolition” is verboten, of Sky Lab began. The crew doing that job is working nights, so each day it is interesting to see how much progress has been made whilst asleep.




H1N1 vaccine arrived on-station this week, and I guess I need to decide whether or not to get it. I probably will just to be safe. Illnesses like that are problems more for us here while we keep getting people arriving from the outside world. Once we have been closed for winter for a while that sort of illness is far less common, and kind of burns itself out after a certain interval.

I had fun retrieving a small wind turbine from the field and disassembling it for retrograde shipment to the States. The only bad part was getting a good numbers of splinters in my hands from the fibers that reinforced the composite blades. They were more of an annoyance than anything.


Inevitably this coming week will blow by as quickly as past one did. Somebody seems to have hit the existential fast forward button on the remote control of our lives here. Next weekend is a normal one day off situation for most folks. The coming week, a majority of the station will have Friday and Saturday off for the holiday, but go back to work on Sunday. I’ll be carrying on with my normal routine, despite the ebb and flow of others’ schedules.

One small request, if any of you know or actually are movie director James Cameron, could you arrange to have a copy of the new movie “Avatar” sent down here? If it would not be an imposition, a 3D projection system would be much appreciated, too. That would be awesome of you, for sure!

"Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."
~Aristotle

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