We officially opened yesterday with our first two flights of C-130s. Our population has doubled in just two short hours, and the effects are huge! The galley is completely crowded again, and you actually have to wait for a table sometimes. All the new people are way too tanned, but us winter overs get satisfaction by watching them climb stairs and try to walk even short distances without running out of breath. The first flight brought in freshies and mail. I pigged out last night on fresh fruit, and paid for it a few hours later as my body got used to digesting this fresh stuff again.
Today has been absolutely chaotic at work, as Sarah and I try to get the new guys brought up to speed. My replacement is scheduled to leave the US on the 1st of November, which hopefully means I’ll be out of here around the 5th. I can’t wait!
We did have a bit of a dress rehearsal for the opening chaos when the day before official opening we were visited by three twin otters transiting from Canada to McMurdo. There were only nine of them, but it was still nice to drink a beer with a few new faces, and remember long dead social skills.
We’re getting another 40 people in in a few minutes, and the population will slowly ramp up to its maximum of 240. Hopefully I’ll be long gone before that happens!