Saturday, February 20, 2010

Off The Ice...With Perks!

Today I completed my 10th season on the Ice! Ten seasons of a
very different lifestyle, yet one I enjoy. There were only six of us
ATO folks leaving today. Because we're in ATO and we're in charge
of the bags being loaded onto the plane, our bags got to go on top
of the baggage pallet. More about this later. Usually all ATO employees
get to go out on our own separate transport, but because there were
only six of us, and three were working the plane, loading and unloading
cargo, only Amy, Melanie and I were riding out to Pegasus Airfield.
Supply Melanie though was nice enough to reserve us our own seats
at the front of Ivan, so we got a special ride anyway. When we got
out to Pegasus, we milled with the other folks on our plane (99 in all)
and waited to board. Then, unexpectedly, Bear called our names on
the radio and we got to board the C-17 first, getting the seats we
wanted. In that case, Melanie and I wanted a seat on the side with
a outlet to plug our electronics into. The ride back to Christchurch
was pretty uneventful and five hours later we were in 75 degree weather
and sunny skies. Because our bags were on top of the baggage pallet,
they were amongst the first onto to conveyer belt and for the first
time ever, I was the first one from our plane through customs! I
believe this is Karma since a few years ago, I was pulled aside on a
random search and spent 45 minutes telling someone what everything
in my bag was. So we walked over to the CDC (Clothing Distribution
Center) which is always good since we've been sitting for the last
five hours. I turned in all my gear, got my hotel reservations and
again, all six of us ATO folks were on the first shuttle leaving the
building! My room at the Hotel So is very pleasant but we were hungry
Amy, Melanie and I went to Bailie's. Bailie's isn't my usual hangout
but it's a traditional watering hole for Ice folks. We got food and
was surprised when Susie appeared! She was on her way home and
saw us go into the Bar. She bought me a drink in thanks for my work
the last day, closing out Air Services for the season. We joined other
Ice folks and then I called it a night. A long day, but very satisfying.
Another season completed,


Pablo (yo) said...

Great blog!!!
If you like, come back and visit mine:

Pablo from Argentina

Pablo (yo) said...

I have a blog about stamps at
I try to receive at least a visit from each country. So far, I had no visits from Antarctica. (In my flagcounter, it is listed as a separate country) So if you are in Antarctica (or are in contact with someone there), I would really apreciate if you could visit me and leave me a comment.
Pablo from Argentina

J'ai un blog sur les timbres à
J'essaie de recevoir au moins une visite de chaque pays. Jusqu'ici, je n'avais pas de visite de l'Antarctique. (Dans mon Flagcounter, il est répertorié comme un pays distinct) Donc si vous êtes dans l'Antarctique (ou sont en contact avec quelqu'un), je voudrais vraiment apprécierez si vous pouviez me voir et me laisser un commentaire.
Pablo de l'Argentine