Well, we’re past the halfway point now, and while staring into my morning coffee, I’ve started to wonder what’s next. There are some here on station that are using the time down here to learn French and Spanish, but “Oui non” just doesn’t have the same ring to it as “Yeah nah”. However, there is another language spoken on station, and it’s called Jack Russell. It is only used to communicate first thing in the morning, before the effects of caffeine kick in. The translation of a reciprocated stiff tilt of the chin and thrust of the jaw says, “Yeah, I see ya, maybe sniff you later,” without uttering a single word.
There’s a Certificate IV course book on station for a barista that goes with our coffee machine – an Expobar Megacrem. For those on station reading this, it is not possible to have a relationship with an inanimate object regardless of what comes out of it and no matter how sleek and shiny it is. Anyway, I’ve been giving the barista book a bit of a read in preparation for the next chapter. There’s a whole section on how to heat, stretch (they really mean froth), and pour the milk. That’s all well and good, but it doesn’t cover how to stretch powdered milk. Which kind of explains why, when I’ve been trying to nail the fern leaf thing on the presentation, it usually comes out looking like a cane toad.
This could be considered a failure or a new opportunity. So instead of reading tea leaves, I now have on offer a milk froth reading service, and having a crack at being a clairvoyant. To those who have sought out this service, there have been very clear visions and interpretations. There was the screaming goat – goat curry tonight (except the chef says we’re out of goat, and we’ll have to do with lamb - close). The wheel of life – it’s going to be cold again tomorrow. The smiley face – going to be a good day (and cold). Then there’s entering the vortex, or is it a butterfly? Sigmund and Carl (and Maree back in Kingston) would have fun analysing this one!
Dave (Mawson Senior FIeld Training Officer)