Saturday, July 7, 2012

(Sadly no) Chutes & Ladders

So, in addition to some of the common stairways into and out of the elevated station, we also have some escape ladders on the two sets of decks for each pod (A and B) of the station).  For instance, the A2 level 2 deck is where some of the frozen food for the galley is stored.

Amongst the potato wedges, vegetable medleys, and such is this ladder to the first floor deck at Destination Zulu (DZ for the cognoscenti).  It's not really so much a ladder, rather a companionway like on board a maritime vessel. 

If you were so inclined, you could grab food of your own accord.  Of course, that would throw off the materials folks' inventories and such.  Unfortunately, a while back we had somebody unilaterally deploy a tub of vanilla ice cream this winter, which they removed from the big food storage area down in the logistics arch and brought up to the station.  Each year there are the little scandals and such, and this was one of those tempests in a teapot for 2012.  The person remains anonymous, and hopefully we won't have any repeats.  The flavors rotate, so I gather, and all they'll have to do is suffer the indignity of eating some rocky road or cookies and cream (Oh, the humanity!) for a while until their favored flavored concoction comes back around.  I couldn't care less about ice cream, since I had my helping of my birthday cake already and am not eating any other desserts this whole year, but it certainly was an unnecessary stressor for some people.  Ah, winter...

“Death is better, a milder fate than tyranny.”
~Aeschylus, Agamemnon

1 comment:

Becky said...

Hippo birdies two ewes! I applaud your going without desert as a character building device. Folks should be glad that it was just ice cream. Having "mice" get into the basic stores could be more than a nuisance.
Given the current temperatures I Chicago, I envy yoirbwife weather.