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May 6, 2007 at 2:23 am #471
BEWARE THE DANGERS OF WORKING IN THE ANTARCTIC! YOU MAY FALL INTO A DEEP LIFESTYLE FROM WHICH YOU CANNOT ESCAPE!
To quote, well, everybody:
‘The first time for the adventure
The second time for the money
The third time because you can’t function anywhere else.’
I skipped straight to number three.
glennMay 6, 2007 at 3:56 am #3614LittleChipperMember
Good to know! I hope I skip to number 3, too.
Wait… we can make money?
Just waiting on the paperwork…..
May 6, 2007 at 5:23 am #3615thepooles98Keymaster
I figure I’m a 2 and a half. There just aren’t any jobs in the real world that are similar to my ice jobs. We are like the people who do everything. In the real world they hire different people to do each job. Boring, All the interesting jobs pay minimum wage and I can’t touch them. In fact the really interesting jobs are staffed by vollenteers. Bummer. Back to the ice for money and the fact I don’t fit in.
MMay 8, 2007 at 7:03 pm #3616ZondraMember
I certainly am on #3… That quote didn’t fully ring true until this time around. We (James & I) are off the Ice, and are planning on taking a break for several years. However, we’re finding it difficult to function in the real world. A lot has changed in the time I’ve been on the Ice, and for the things that are the same, they seem to be more difficult to deal with. And what will I do for a job? Anyway, we’re in Alaska now… James signed a 2 year contract, and we’re thinking we’ll stay for at least 2-3 years. We’re even considering buying a house – scary!
Anyway, I just wanted to say hello… I’m still keepin’ an eye on things here.
ZondraMay 8, 2007 at 10:22 pm #3617
It sounds like you and I (and a lot of other Ice people) are in the same head space. We’ve been down a lot and need a break… but don’t know what to do, or else we’re having trouble coping with the real world. People may think I’m joking when I say that working on the ice will mess you up, but I’m totally serious.
I’m definitely ‘nesting’, working on the house and — gawd ferbid! — actually going to garden shops. I think something happens when you get in your 40’s: suddenly your eyes go bad and you start to notice flowers. Weird. Owning a house AND working on the Ice is not bad, so long as you have a good house sitter or else can lock the place up for six months and walk away without worrying about the place.
Keep in touch and say hi to James for me!
glennMay 9, 2007 at 2:20 am #3618MightyAtlasModerator
Wait a minute…
There’s an ‘outside world’ ?!?!?May 9, 2007 at 5:35 am #3619MightyAtlasModerator
“Is this heaven?”
“No, it’s McMurdo.”May 9, 2007 at 8:11 am #3620
Heaven is up. You have to go *down* to get to McMurdo.
In Dante’s hell, the deepest level was an icy, cold place. I’ll let you connect the dots.
😉May 10, 2007 at 12:02 am #3621thepooles98Keymaster
Ok, we are buying a house. Also for 10 years we didn’t need furniture. We’ll have a house with a blow up mattress and 2 five dollar sofas from yard sales.
Eyes went bad years ago. Lorie is ready to garden and is designing things before we move in. She is making the transition by working and going back to school at the same time.
Finished my Medical today. No problems. Got the blood work. High cholesterol and one point over on RBC and 2 on Neutrophils whatever the hell they are. I imagine they’ll be sending me back for followups.
Exercise stress test still to come.
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