The weather continues to be mostly lousy, but we’ve had a few breaks that let us see that there is an amazing sunrise going on behind the haze. I went out last Sunday and took this picture around 11:00 at night. We really couldn’t have asked for better conditions on our day off. I went out for several walks around the station, just to stretch my legs, and to see what kind of effects all the winter storms had on the various structures. Everything looks in great condition! The equipment operators dug out the dome yesterday, and next week the utility technicians are going to start warming up summer camp. Everything looks on track for our October 24th scheduled opening. Now the only snag is that it looks like my replacement isn’t going to come down here after all. I know the folks in the Denver office are working as hard as they can to get someone in, so I’m not too bothered by it. The guy I replaced is coming back from the summer, although a little later, so as long as he gets here on time, my departure date shouldn’t be affected too much. If Denver can’t find someone before opening, I’m sure that one of the permanent employees would be able to fill in for a while.
Now from the “Cool Geek News” department, my partner Sarah and I have been made into characters in the web-comic “Userfriendly”. The series started back on August 27th, with the main characters headed to the South Pole for a technical support contract (maybe one of them could be my replacement). Apparently, one of the PIs of a project here knows the author, so Sarah and I were drafted as the local liasons. Pretty cool if you ask me…I’ve even heard from a lot of my old geek friends that I hadn’t talked to in a while today because of this. Click on the strip below to start reading the whole thing from the beginning.