NAME: Dave Davies
NICKNAME: Mumbles, or Hey You
ROLE ON STATION: Supervising Communications Technical Officer (SCTO)
OTHER APPOINTMENTS: Deputy Station Leader, Lay Surgical Assistant, Fort Knox Manager, Year Book Editor
Describe yourself in three words. You Want What.
Who inspires you? Positive people willing to step outside their comfort zone.
What is the one thing you enjoy most about your current job? The variety keeps you mentally challenged. As Forrest Gump said “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get” That’s exactly what going to work here is like — you never know what the day or night will bring.
Why Antarctica? After my first visit in 1991 it was hard not to become a repeat offender. Just have a look around the place — priceless.
What did you give up to come to Antarctica? The obvious — separation from family and friends.
Do you have a home to go back to? Evidently I now have two. My wife bought another one whilst I was here.
Do you think your pets will bite you? My two dogs, Mawson and Grommit, will be ecstatic as they will get to go on long walks again.
Any work lined up on your return to Australia? Not yet — too far away.
What other occupation would you have if not a comms technician? Stop/Go man on the roads. Having the power to interrupt so many people’s daily movements would be hard to resist.
Are you continuing study/tertiary ed./services duty? Not that I am aware of.
If not at Casey this year, what else would you be doing? Managing IT projects somewhere in Australia or overseas. Mowing the lawns.
Hobbies at Casey? Home brewing.
New hobbies for home and the future? Since being Fort Knox manager, maybe a job at Dan Murphy’s or failing that home brewing.
Buying any large toys on your return home? Building an extension to my shed. A bloke’s shed can never be too big. Did the new kitchen thing last time so now it’s all about me.
Holidays planned? Haven’t been told if I am allowed to yet.
The Red Shed is burning down and you are only have time to save one thing? Fort Knox — well you’ve got to keep morale high don’t you.
You are stuck on a deserted island with one person? A female magician. Doesn’t have to be young and good looking as if not I would change all that, but would be able to provide whatever I needed.
Which other Antarctic station would you like to visit? Scott Amundson Base — South Pole.
What are your tastebuds craving most? Nothing really — but my wife’s cooking will be something to look out for.
One item you wished you brought down? Instructions on “How to fold a fitted sheet correctly”.
Your favourite hut? Rumdoodle Hut.
Favourite Antarctic wildlife? Orca — killer whale.
Most important thing you would take on a jolly? Sense of humour.
Favourite summer highlight? Being slushy on Christmas day was memorable.
Antarctic highlight? Coming back each time.
Winter highlight so far? Midwinter swim — avoided it on two other occasions but this time thought ‘why not?'.
Name three people you would like to invite to the Midwinter Dinner? Billy Connolly, Major General Peter Cosgrove, David Gilmour.
Name one person you most like to winter with? Miranda Kerr.
If your life was a song, which one would it be this week? “Who Let The Dogs Out”.
Favourite day of the year? Everyday above ground.
Favourite place in the world? Not sure, haven’t been there yet.
How do you have your jalapenos? Stirred — not shaken.
If Comms could download one Olympic event for us to watch this year, any request? My favourites were synchronised swimming, or baton twirling would be a close second.
What is the first thing you will do when you return to Australia? Get off the plane.