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John Jacobsen
Friday, January 11, 2008

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Figure 1: View from courtyard of Christchurch City Art Gallery

Ok, well, so much for comfortable beginnings. We fly at 0200 tonight, a time when everyone except Santa Claus and the Angel of Death should be asleep. Worse, no baggage yet, and no word from the airlines. Likely I won’t see anything until it gets to South Pole in several days – assuming it ever does. If I don’t get my baggage at all it will be an interesting month. I hope they have some t-shirts left at the Station store, otherwise it will be a smelly month, since I have only one on me.

Of course, anything can happen - flight delays, luggage miraculously knocking at the door at all hours. Today’s flight was delayed until tonight, and that’s the one we’re on now, too. But this particular flight has several “DVs” (Distinguished Visitors, i.e. senators or other big-wigs) who are trying to get to Pole for the inauguration ceremony for the new station, which is apparently officially complete. So it’s unlikely it will slip unless the weather gets real bad in McMurdo.

But, it’s off to Sala Sala sushi for me… might as well enjoy summer while it lasts (another 12 hours or so)!

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