Baby, It's Cold Outside

southpole .....

Later: Diamond
Earlier: Fruition

Holy frozen Batman, I’m leaving tomorrow! I still have a lot I want to do! I was just getting into the swing of things! But I am also excited to leave. A colleague always says, “the best days at the South Pole are the day you arrive and the day you leave.” After all these years, that feels as true as ever.

I know my time is short today because I have to:

That will be a very full day even assuming nothing else comes up. But 24 hours from now I will be listening intently to the flight announcements. I just got email from Northbound colleagues in McMurdo saying there are flight delays today due to fog (dang) but that they saw penguins (cool!) — the ever-present uncertainties of travel in Antarctica start to kick in for me now.

But I’m going home soon!

I really can’t stay (but baby it’s cold outside) I’ve got to go away (but baby it’s cold outside) This evening has been (been hoping that you’d drop in) So very nice … So really i’d better scurry (beautiful please don’t hurry) but maybe just a half a drink more (put some records on while i pour)

Ooooo Baby it’s cold… out…. side!

Lyrics and melody by Frank Loesser … shout-out to E

Cargo berms
Warming my hands in the GOES antenna shack (a tiny plywood room inside the antenna dome; photo by M. Dierckxsens)

Later: Diamond
Earlier: Fruition