Saturday, November 07, 2009


Because this isn't my first year here, I get to
avoid shovels like these. Ok...Let me explain.
When you are here for the first time and there's
a chance you're going out to a camp or something,
you attend Happy Camper Class, where you basically
learn how to survive in the Antarctic wilderness.
For some reason, this involves a lot of shoveling.
When you come down for a second year and beyond,
you attend something called a "Push" course, which
is essentially a refresher course on how to survive.
It also involves no shoveling. Today, I attended
the Push course, which took place in a fairly warm,
cozy building. I don't think my lungs in the cold
outside could survive shoveling right now.

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