from an article in the bangor daily news about senator collinsʹ recent trip to antarctica:ʹanother photograph showed collins at the south pole, the coldest place she visited during her five-day trek. while there, she stayed at the united statesʹ mccurdo station.ʹperhaps a bit of unwitting truthʔ <ǃ-- s;-) --><ǃ-- s;-) -->http://www.bangornews.com/news/templates/ʔa=132155
yeah, with the other ʹ4000 scientistsʹ. <ǃ-- s:-) --><ǃ-- s:-) -->mccrudo… for those unfamiliar with “the crud” at mcmurdo, itʹs a concentrated cocktail of all the colds and viruses that collect at the station each year. itʹs nasty, and iʹve seen as much as 1/3 of the station (300+ people) down with it at one time. things appear to have improved with the handwashing stations and better hygene, but it hasnʹt disappeared entirely.those of us who frequent palmer used to be a bit smug about avoiding it, but this year a lot of the folks here — myself included — have our own version of it. yuck.one of the advantages of wintering is that, after a few weeks, all the colds disappear. at least, until the first planeload (or boatload) of incoming crew arrive when the station reopens.