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Old 10-24-2000, 01:12 AM   #1
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Smile Antarctica - For those of you who want to know...

Why I am in Antarctica (& a bit of history)...

I left my job at the SCCA in September because I had the chance to come to Antarctica! So, now I work for a company called Raytheon (I'm sure a few of you have heard about it). The contract to provide support to the National Science Foundation (NSF) used to be held by a company called Antarctic Support Associates (ASA). ASA lost the contract to Raytheon in April of 2000. Now, known as Raytheon Polar Services Company or RPSC, Raytheon is responsible for all of the ness. support to the NSF and its efforts here in Antarctica.

So, I have been following the program for the past 2 years or so and in March of 2000 I decided to give it a shot and apply. Now, here I am 7 months later sitting on the coldest, highest, and dryest continent on the planet!! Pretty sweet huh!?!?

What I am here to do is to be a "Vehicle Operator"! Basically I drive around Antarctica in this Ford 350 Van that has a huge lift kit and big 35 (or 38?) inch tires! Seriously, I am about 6 feet tall and when I stand at the rear bumper of this van it is a few inches short of my shoulders!

So, there's a breif description of what's going on. If anyone has any questions I will do my best to answer them. Please be patient with my responses though, I can't always check the board (I wish I could), and I am one day ahead and about 5 hours behind all of you! In other words, when it is 12pm (noon) on Tuesday the 24th for me, it is only 5pm on Monday the 23rd for Colorado. Kinda weird, on the flight from L.A. to Auckland, NZ you loose a day. So I didn't exist on Friday Oct. 13th! Hmmm....

Well, talk to you all later!
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Old 10-24-2000, 01:20 AM   #2
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An occasional pic would be cool. (pun intended) Let's see that van!
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Old 10-24-2000, 01:23 AM   #3
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Damn.. funny things happen when you get sucked down under. Damn Dude ya bloody nearly an Aussie

Now I have a small bone to pick with this statement..
Quote:
dryest continent on the planet
Actually the driest state on the driest continent on the planet.... IS *drum roll please* South Australia.. I know I lived there long enough 41c on a nice summer's day

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Old 10-24-2000, 02:02 AM   #4
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Richard, I refute your statement! The driest place on earth is the Atacama desert in Chile, where rain has never been recorded.

Yours extremely geekily

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Old 10-24-2000, 02:07 AM   #5
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Bloody Welshmen ...

All the same

Even when their wrong

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Old 10-24-2000, 02:14 AM   #6
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Richard,
Don't you ever sleep? What time is it in Kirkland? Go to bed, your 22B is safe, honest, worrying about her will do you no good

Nos da!

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Old 10-24-2000, 07:59 AM   #7
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Geezer Fawr

More likely

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Old 10-24-2000, 08:06 AM   #8
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you guys need any network administrators down there?

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Old 10-24-2000, 08:32 AM   #9
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Richard,
I'm impressed! Most people don't even know where Wales is, but you even speak a bit of the lingo.

Ble mae dai ddeg dai B?

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Old 10-24-2000, 08:36 AM   #10
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Geezer..

I was born and grew up in Merthyr Tydfil..

Mind you bloody long time since I studied Welsh

Dioch am fawr

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Old 10-24-2000, 08:41 AM   #11
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Notice, kids, that he did say the "driest continent," not the "driest place on earth." I'm sure there are areas of Australia that receive PLENTY of rain (although I'm no expert on Australia meteorology), and I KNOW there are areas of the South American continent that receive metric butt-tons of rain.

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Old 10-24-2000, 08:47 AM   #12
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Patrick,
You pedant!!!

Richard, you have finally proved that there is civilisation in the colonies

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Old 10-24-2000, 08:49 AM   #13
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So anyway Curtis, what is the NSF's interest in Antarctica anyway?
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Old 10-24-2000, 09:29 AM   #14
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Doesn't Raytheon make them Sidewinder missiles?!
Bet they are building some military stuff. Reminds me of X-files movie.
Go get your Impreza and do some donuts!!!
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Old 10-24-2000, 10:19 AM   #15
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I thought Mt. Everest was the highest place on earth, and thats not in Antarctica.

Anyway, I used to know this woman who worked for the same outfit. Although it may have been ASA at the time she worked there. She was in the post office though, but did mention some huge vehicles that she'd have to drive across this ice flow every once and a while.
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Old 10-24-2000, 10:30 AM   #16
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I was thinking to myself "I want to look up the weather in Antarctica for kicks" after reading this, then I came to another realization... is there even any actal cities on Antarctica other then sceintific stations?
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Old 10-24-2000, 10:39 AM   #17
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I know you can look up "Antartica" on the Weather Channel site. That's a pretty general forcast though, considering it's (Antarctica's) size!
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Old 10-24-2000, 11:22 AM   #18
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Thanks for the e-mail..

now I can actually say
I got an e-mail from Antartica..

I think it's cool

have fun out there..
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Old 10-24-2000, 11:32 AM   #19
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hey Curtis!!!

you better drop me a line and let me know how you are doing!!! and yeah... i mean NOW mister!!!
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Old 10-24-2000, 02:19 PM   #20
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Yeah pics would be really cool!!!
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Old 10-24-2000, 07:04 PM   #21
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Raytheon does work on alot of weapons like that Gambit as I get to repair them.
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Old 10-24-2000, 08:15 PM   #22
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That is incredibly cool. So you're providing "support" (military?) to a bunch of scientists in Antarctica.

But let's get down to the interesting part. Have you tried doing any donuts yet?
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Old 10-24-2000, 08:30 PM   #23
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Talk about a cool place to have a Scooby! You didn't bring it with you though did you? Imagine how much fun it would be to go flat out over all of that snow!

They should have an FIA Rally of Antarctica.

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Old 10-25-2000, 01:13 PM   #24
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Wow! So many questions! cool! It's also nice to see everyone hash out the answers before I even get a chance to get back to it!

Ok, so yes, Antarctica IS the coldest, highest, and driest "Continent" (thanks Pat!) And if you want to talk about driest "places"...the South Pole is another that gets no percepitation. Stuff just blows around!

I am working on posting some pics right now...

ColinL - Wow, that is a HUGE question! Pretty much everything here intrests the NSF! Probably the only thing that doesn't intrest them about Antarctica is what time I eat dinner! Antarctica is such a unique place that they can learn so much from!

8Complex- You are correct, there are no "permanent" people/cities Antarctica. You could look up the "Antarctic Treay" if you really like to read (a lot), but basically, no one has a claim of Antarctica. In otherwords, there are only territory lines. There are only Stations and field camps.

Yes, i wish so much that I had my RS here, but I can't. I did get the van sideways a little the other day, but you didn't hear that from me! hee hee! It was very weird though, it all felt very slow-motion, the van is huge and the speeds are slow too, I am sure that had something to do with it.

An FIA rally would be cool here, but I don't see that happening...

So, how did I do? Did I leave anyone out?

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Old 10-25-2000, 01:25 PM   #25
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You left me out, wouldn't Mt. Everest make Asia the highest continent on earth?
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