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TIGER in Antarctica, November 30, 2003
An Unplanned Day Off
Saturday evening is the Thanksgiving dinner in town. Here are the TIGER and Anita teams at dinner. From left to right going around the tables are David Saltzberg - Anita Co-I, Kurt Liewer - Anita, Shigenobu Matsuno - Anita, Paul Dowkontt - TIGER EE, Bob Binns - TIGER Principal Investigator, me, Lauren Scott - TIGER grad student, Jason Link - Anita Post-Doc (and former TIGER grad student), Marc Rosen - Anita Mechanical Engineer, and Peter Gorham - Anita Principal Investigator. Dinner was good, but not as good as the Thursday lunch at Willy Field.
The TIGER and Anita team at Thanksgiving Dinner
The road to Willy is in pretty bad shape from blowing snow, and because most people in McMurdo have today off, it is tough to get a vehicle capable of getting to the airfield. So we decide to take the day off.
Snow Covers McMurdo
I actually get to do the McMurdo Sunday Brunch, which is one of the nicest meals here. I've got a series of pictures that can give you an idea of the selection. Most meals are not this well set up, however, and when the planes are not arriving from Christchurch, the pickings can get pretty slim.
This first picture shows the main food trays. You can see Eggs Florentine, Scrambled Eggs with Vegetables, Roasted Potatoes, Bacon, and French Toast.
McMurdo Sunday Brunch
This food station is open for most breakfasts, and I frequently go here. They'll make fresh omelets or fried eggs while you wait. A bacon, mushroom, and cheese omelet is my regular. The person in the purple hat at left is Bob the weatherman. He's running about zero for seven at the moment.
This is the waffle station, which is only open for Sunday Brunch. At the left are a series of waffle makers, and they've got an assortment of fruit and whipped cream toppings. These are always great, but the line can get really long.
Waffles at Sunday Brunch
Here are fresh pastries and bagels. The big slab of smoked salmon only appears for Sunday brunch, but the muffins, scones, etc. are available most mornings. On the right is a tray of fresh melon slices. Whenever planes come in from New Zealand, they make a real effort to bring in "Freshies", fresh fruit and vegetables. People snarf up the freshies, because if a storm sets in, you might not see anything fresh for weeks.
Dr. Eric R. Christian
NASA HQ Code SS
Washington, DC 20546 USA
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