Thursday, January 20, 2011
Cartoon courtesy of Matt Davidson
The R&R program (Rest and Recuperation) is now in
full swing and Winterovers that have been here all
summer and will be here during the upcoming winter
are heading north to Christchurch for a week away
from the Ice. Here's the part where I sound like
an old fogey (or at least an Old Antarctic Explorer)!
When we wintered, one didn't get any R&R. You came
down in August or October, and were here for the
duration...the whole way until the following August
or October. None of this namby pamby R&R stuff.
However, for our first couple of winters, the company
gave us a "Continuation Bonus" of $1000, which to me
seemed like a much better deal. Now, you get to leave
for a week or so, but you don't get paid for it and it
costs you even more since the American Dollar exchange
rate is so crummy in Christchurch. I also thought that
if you got back to New Zealand and saw all of the green
grass, trees, fruits and vegetables, you wouldn't want
to come back and wintering would be that much harder.
Naw...I'm not a proponent of R&R-ing.