Friday, November 12, 2010

Send No Salmon

In a funny (or maybe not so funny) chain of events,
earlier this week the post office received mail. A
lot of mail! However, amongst all the fun packages
and envelopes for good little girls and boys, there
was the equivalent to a sack of coal delivered as well.
Someone sent someone some "fresh" salmon, canned in
glass canning jars. On the way to Christchurch,
apparently the glass in one of the jars broke. Liquid
was oozing from the box it was in. When this happens,
the mail folks in Christchurch will double wrap the box
in plastic bags so that it doesn't ruin other mail.
When the mail arrived here...the box was full of...
MAGGOTS! Yes, not a pretty site. And within a day or
so, there were also FLIES. Not only was this really
gross, but the introduction of non-Antarctic species
is a violation of the Antarctic Treaty. If we can't
have Dogs and Cats living here, I certainly don't want
to substitute them with Maggots and Flies! So, the
Environmental folks came by and assessed the situation
and cleaned things up. We won't have a problem any
more, but in the future...please Send No Salmon!


Anonymous said...

Boy I leave for a few days, and I miss all the excitement. Bet everyone was over joyed with that little gift. Ugh.

I'm not sure whether to laugh still or be completely grossed out. Probably a combination of the two. I'm assuming the person it was addressed to was well and truly mortified?

See you back on campus soon!

Lori Murray said...