Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Full Tasking

I had a decent (working) holiday weekend. I did eventually get some dinner for Thanksgiving, but that was after I spent 2 hours in the gym by myself working out. The dancing and party after the meal was pretty tame, by Pole standards.

I've had a busy week thus far, with yesterday morning finding me and a grantee out in the field replacing power transmission line connectors and swapping out a transformer for the VLF beacon's 7-km antenna. There are a lot of things going on at once, and nobody seems to be able to be definite with their schedules. The one constant you always have to deal with down here, at least in this position, is that everybody else's schedules trump yours. I guess it's just easier that way, for them. Regardless, there's no changing that phenomenon, so you just have to roll with the punches.

The fire brigade will be having a couple weeks of stepped-up training tempo, so I have been and will be spending a lot more time on top of everything else preparing and executing those training sessions. If doing this again a second year doesn't prove I'm an altruist then I don't know what would. Monday afternoon we had a drill out at the IceCube drill camp, which went well, though there wasn't much for the fire brigade to do.

Last night I co-hosted a trivia event, which was pretty fun. The questions I used were ones I'd written back in the summer of 07-08. My categories were "Islands" and "Box Office Disasters".

Anyhow, duty calls.

"We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds."
~Aristotle Onassis