Saturday, October 28, 2006

The Top 10 Reasons Why We REALLY Need a Plane

#10: We were reduced to watching "Born Free" on beta the other night.

#9: We'd really rather not be here for another Monday morning safety meeting. Bill's next topic: Suicide Prevention.

#8: The last candy bar, and it's left over from last winter.

#7: Jack Bauer is being held on a container ship bound for China and he desperately needs our help!

#6: Denis finished his igloo and is now looking to add a boudoir to the heavy shop.

#5: Don and Jeff are tired of zombies cluttering up their Met office asking about the weather.

#4: As much as we'd like to wait out the Bush administration fiasco hiding down here, we'd rather just go work on our tans right now.

#3: If we get any paler, the New Zealand Ministry of Health will quarantine us upon arrival.

#2: The best rumor making the rounds: we have only 8 days of fuel left.

And the #1 reason: Just get the &$%@# plane down here, damn it!

Feel free to leave your own reason in the comments below!


At 7:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everybody wants fresh meat.
; ^ )-

At 8:28 AM, Blogger 90south said...

If you don't get a plane soon everyone maybe able to understand everthing Allan Day says and not just nod politely.

At 8:29 AM, Blogger Erik said...

Another reason - Reportable injuries are going up.

At 9:00 AM, Blogger Neal said...

Yeah Erik, quit getting hurt.

At 3:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

via Jeff's blog:

This is great Heidi! You write very humorously! I love the last candy bar--from last year! This reminds me of a Dave Letterman Top 10 and if you could get it to him, you know he would probably air it! Great photos too! The overview ones really help us to visualize everything.

At 3:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have wondered about the health of everyone there and I guess you are the one to the conditions (dryness etc) make people get colds more often? What types of things do you see which need care? Hopefully minor stuff all the time....or not?

Thanks (in advance) for replying!

At 6:56 AM, Anonymous Reader from Jeff's said...

The last candy bar shot was great!


The graph about how you're drinking and washing with water from centuries back is so cool!

At 1:23 PM, Blogger Blur said...

Bare Knuckle Boxing is losing its appeal.

At 2:51 PM, Blogger brien said...

no colds because we've cycled through all the current bugs on station a long time ago ... knock on wood, but I haven't had a cold now in more than two years because of my time down here ... hell is new people bringing all those new bugs with them ... Heidi can answer the rest

At 6:19 AM, Blogger Heidi said...

During the summer each plane load of new people can be like a plague ship, bringing in coughing, sneezing, dripping walking petri dishes who were miserable already when they left McMurdo. They land at Pole, going from sea level to over 10,000ft in 3 hours and now not only are they infectious, they're also short of breath, nauseated, dizzy and headachey from the altitude. Their first stop is usually to Medical. Summertime is pretty nutsy but winter is much calmer with hardly any real illnesses, just nickle and dime stuff. Of course, there are people like Erik who just can't let a winter go by without an injury, and so to make up for it, has two boo boos in the last week. Ask him about it.


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