- As I thought it would, the community in this place is turing out to be a lot like college, only better. Granted I am in McMurdo which has a compartively (to the Pole) huge population and infrastructure, but it really is just like college life. Last night, I was walking through the halls of the main dorm in town (155) which are upstairs from the galley. Doors were open, people were milling in rooms, watching TV, drinking and just hanging out. The walls were decorated with handmade fireplace bricks drawn with crayon and every other doorwar was festooned with beek boxes, beaded curtains, or cheesy cards with inspirational sayings. Later that night, I found myself in the lounge drinking beer and playing pool. What’s different this time around? We’re all grown ups and able to treat each other as such. It’s a much better experience that way.
- You really do start to get used to the cold and its affects on you. Walking to the galley no longer requires bundling up as much as possible for me when it is -5 or warmer. I mean, yeah, I do have my puffy coat on and a hat, gloves and a few layers, but I am not needing to pack myself into it all as deeply as possible and if I am “going out” I’m happy to wear just a layer or two under the coat because I’d rather wear real clothes than ECW. And I can survive. Wild.
- I left only a week ago or so. It feels like months.
- We started talking about sex today. It didn’t take long. A few of us were at lunch and Nicole was talking about how much she misses her husband (who will be here at the end of the month) and how she couldn’t wait to get it on again. Nick and I, who both left girlfriends at home) groaned and made it clear that she definitely was not going to get any sympathy from us. Before I knew it, we were all talking about how most everyone was gonna end up getting some at some point, because we’d go nuts here what with the access only to each other and no other stimulation (pardon the pun) which led to jokes, comments, and innuendos. Did I mention this is all very college like?
- Even without any life besides the people, this place is amazingly beautiful.
Sunset behind Mt. Discovery