Re: wintering over at McMurdo


 Big V
Ah you’re a DA. A good “in” to the program. Most stay a year and then move to something else the next season.  If you are in reasonable shape it’s not too hard a job. There are racks of glasses and coffee cups that get lifted to the dishwasher. You have to keep the coffee urns, ice cream and milk dispensers full. Usually you can get help with the heavy stuff. In 4 years I’ve only known one person who couldn’t do it. It can be the best or worst job depending on how you look at it.
 With over a thousand people here in the summer it’s hard to get away with a small group and do anything. DA’s have the advantage that their work hours are during the rest of the community’s mealtimes. You will get your time off when the rest of the base is working. Normally that would be a drag but since the sun is up for 24 hours a day you will get all the time in the world to experience antarctica. You may also have an opportunity to help with the divers or scientists if you make it known to them that you have a day off in the middle of the week.
 That’s the good side. The bad side is if you are a party person and want to drink and party with the rest of the kids here, then you will still be working when they get going. Not too much more, but work can get in the way of play a little.
 What is your husbands job?
mike in mcmurdo