This week at Casey: 13 July 2018
This week at Casey we're in the middle of winter and have hit groundhog day, but do get to meet Jane our radio operator turned weather watcher and not so secret sci-fi fan
What to write this week when it’s been so quiet with everyone just working away and well and truly in the winter routine. It’s hard at this point to write of something new.
When asking around station for ideas; a certain sparky (who shall not be named, but he does have red hair) told me I should write about the electricians and how they are the smartest, most good looking, and hardest working lot on station. I’m not sure how that would go with keeping harmony amongst the team with four months to go… so maybe not. (And whether it’s true or not I shall leave up to you to decide.)
Should I talk about the weather again? Down here it is particularly interesting; we’ve had a couple of blizzards this week, the frequency and intensity seem to be increasing into July and we are intermittently getting buried in snow (see pics) and then luckily natural snow clearing occurs at the next bliz, and we start the process all over again. But, I have been told before that not all people find the weather as interesting as me… so maybe not.
How about a quick outline of what we do to ensure we don’t kill each other over the long months we’re all stuck here and can’t escape?
How we’ve learnt to leave certain seats free in the Odeon theatre, bar, or mess as it causes all sorts of confusion and uncomfortable stares if one happens to sit in the wrong spot. How we try to quieten our eating of our orange-juice snow cones during the quiet part of the movie or heaven forbid Wednesday night’s Game of Thrones so as not to disturb the viewing.
How we’ve come to expect that when one certain person is on slushy duty we’ll arrive to smoko to find the tables rearranged into a new Tetris design and he’ll be sitting back with a smirk on his face looking for the reactions from those who like the tables just so, and find it difficult to adapt to change. The tables never stay that way for long and it doesn’t mean that he gets out of doing slushy!
Or, how it’s now routine to just chip in and help out when we see something that needs to be done. We remind ourselves when something little starts to niggle that it really is not a big thing and it really doesn’t matter in the big scheme of things. Just smile, count to ten, and take a few minutes to do it ourselves rather than get all hot and bothered.
These are just some of the things we do to ensure we continue to get on after eight months in close confines. How we will survive the next few months in a comfortable and happy contentment; actually getting on remarkably well.
So, all’s well. We are all still smiling. The work is getting done. The weather’s cold and fierce. It’s dark but getting lighter each day. We’re all extremely good looking and very hard working. And I pray that something exciting happens this week, so next week’s Icy News will be more interesting for you all.
Rebecca (Casey SL).
5 min with the 71st ANARE crew: Jane Leggate