Hard to believe that it was already time for the sunrise dinner. The weather wasn’t cooperating but we had a great evening anyway.
Our local musicians decided it was time for another gig. With “Talk Like a Pirate Day” just around the corner they chose to have a bit of a pirate theme.
“Talk Like a Pirate Day” isn’t actually until September 19. In true pirate fashion somebody must have gotten confused but any excuse will do.
There was a three band lineup and I just missed the first one due to work commitments. On my way back from the dark sector I heard a lot of hooting and shouting. Some of the people that don’t get out much ventured onto the observation deck just outside the concert venue and for the first time saw the orange glow of the returning sun on the horizon. A welcome sight indeed.
The new formed Irish band “The Scroggin’ Wankers” had its much celebrated debut. Depressing or drunken Irish songs just hit the winter-over mood at this time of the year. Not sure why :-)
Time just flies and we already reached the winter solstice. The solstice marks mid-winter, which is a very special day in Antarctica. From now on the sun will be winding its way back up and we should see some light from below the horizon in August. This is our very own Antarctic holiday and Antarctic Stations use the occasion to exchange greetings with each other.
We had a big formal dinner on Friday night. Formal means anything other the blue boots or bunny boots. Some folks managed to wear a suit, some of us managed a clean t-shirt, and some of us didn’t manage to show up. Those of us who did were treated to a great multi-course meal. I had to go to work after dinner and by the time I got back the Station was all quiet. I think most people crashed early to safe some energy for Saturday night.
Saturday we had another eclectic mix of bands playing at the “Son of Polestock” festival in the Gym. I had to work and I was only there for the beginning and the end, but I could listen to the middle part via our live Internet stream. Once I got back I had a few beers and it was a really good party. I think I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves:
It is the last weekend of the month and once again time for a “long” weekend. Most people in the real world would call it a normal weekend but folks down here normally don’t get Saturdays off.
Yesterday Polestock 2008 came to town. We are fortunate enough to have many gifted musicians with us this year and a number of bands have formed and been busy practicing for the event. A stage was built in the gym, lights were setup, a bar was dragged in, and a lounge area was setup. For some reason the event started already at 5pm, quite early for my night schedule. I couldn’t have a drink because I still had to go to work. Everyone around me seemed to be well lubricated, though. The bands were all good and definitely could be enjoyed sober.
Sunday, on the other hand, was pretty quiet. Many people were probably nursing a bit of a hangover. There is an advantage to not being able to drink :-)
Below are some pictures I took of the event:
At the South Pole we are used to the fact that we can celebrate New Year as the first people in the world, and that we can celebrate 24 hours. But this year we beat the crowds by two days!
Most holidays at the Pole are moved to a Saturday to get as many workdays out of a summer season as possible. Most of us don’t have a problem with this, but this year somebody thought he was really smart and moved the one and only holiday that should not be moved: New Year’s Day. Talk about pushing a bit too hard …
Well, a party is a party and we had a good crowd in the garage for the New Year’s Eve celebration on December 29. With live music by the South Pole all time favorites Thunderjug and The Jugettes everybody had a good time. Later that night Gary Glitter made a special appearance for one song only.
At midnight we had the usual countdown and people would greet each other with “Happy 30th December”. I’m sure there will be another party on December 31 …