quote:Originally posted by CuspTech:
Well, we have about 250 people here during the summer. I'd guess maybe 2/3 are support staff and the other third are "beakers" (as is the Ice slang for grant-funded researchers).
I don't know of lots of violence between personnel down here. If anything happens it's probably between people who've had a bit too much to drink and/or between jilted ex- and current boyfriends.
Claustrophobia is a bigger problem in the winter when there are no flights for 8-9 months, and you are absolutely going to be nowhere but here (and spend most of that time in the dark).
If somebody irks you, it can be hard not to bump into them repeatedly down here. You really have to watch your behavior, since the workplace is the living place is the recreation place.
Anyhow, I'm actually going to be leaving Pole for a bit less than a week in the near future. Another science tech and I are going to head off to the higher and colder Gamburtsev Province, where at 3,500 meters we will be installing an autonomous magnetometer project that is currently here at Pole. It's hundreds and hundreds of kilometers away, and is just out in the Flat White. We're both amazed we'll be getting the opportunity, and it will be great to finally get to go work at a deep field camp.
Take good pictures!!!