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Can’t get Outa Here-Oct 23

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

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We were up at 0600 to learn that flights were delayed again. This, of course, was later cancelled. After breakfast, we checked our e-mails and caught up on missed items before heading to Confined Spaces training. After the training, Jason met with Steve (his counterpart here at MCM) for another trip to Arrival Heights for some work up there.¬† For more, higher-res pictures, see our web gallery: Miscellaneous MacTown. (more…)

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Buzz and the Penguin March-Both go down cold - Oct 22, 2006

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

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Sunday was a†sad,†sad†day for the Stauch’s.† There are rarely, if ever, flights on Sunday (only emergencies, essentially, as deemed by the NSF). This meant our day was pretty much occupied by the GT football game…or I guess we should say…the Clemson game. We attended a science lecture on B-15, a ice glacier threatening the March of the Penguins. (more…)

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We’re still here, but so is Banff - Oct 21, 2006

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

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We woke up to the excitement of†the first delayed flight to the Pole for the new season. Unfortunately, this was our flight. We were somewhat bummed about still being in Mactown, but also excited that we would be here for the 1st Antarctica showing of†this year’s†Banff Film Festival. (more…)

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Bag Drag & Scott’s Hut - Oct. 20, 2006

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

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So, we got our manifest information today. Jason and I are scheduled to be on the First flight to the Pole this season. We’ll be part of the crew to get the station opened! Tonight is also our opportunity to see Scott’s Hut!¬† For more, higher-res pictures, see our web gallery: Scott’s Hut and Cross. (more…)

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Fire school & “American Night” - Oct 19, 2006

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

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On the schedule today is continued training for the fire brigade.? There is a lot of excitement in the air for tonight with Scott Base (the Kiwi Base) opens it’s arms (and it’s store and bar) for American night. (more…)

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Beautiful Day! - Oct 17-18, 2006 (JRS)

Friday, October 27th, 2006

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It’s a beautiful day here at McMurdo. The skies are clearing up and the mountians across the sea ice are fully in view. What a spectacular vista it is! The view from the Crary building (the largest science lab on the continent) is incredible. ¬†Across The McMurdo Sound to the Southwest, the Royal Society Range stretches out, marking the start of continental Antarctica.¬† (For pictures, go to: Jason’s First Two Days in MacTown Gallery) (more…)

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I’m a Happy Camper! - Oct 17 & 18, 2006 (LAS)

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

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Happy Camper was described to me as “Just like car camping”. I’m not sure that the person who told me that had ever done it before….I do know that he apologized when he gave me the informational sheet and told me last night that I was leaving at 0900 for my overnight experience.¬† (For pictures, see: Lynette’s Happy Camper)

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On the Ice! - Oct 16, 2006

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

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Holy crap! ¬†I can’t believe we’re actually here…Well, we can now tell you first hand that it is indeed cold in Antarctica! We arrived in McMurdo sometime around 5pm New Zealand Time, which is more-or-less local time, and we weren’t attacked by an emperor penguin today. (For pictures, see: Christchurch to McMurdo Gallery)
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Tutorial

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

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  1. Register
    It’s fairly painless, and will help keep the page spam-free.¬† NOTE: You do not need to register and/or log in in order to veiw the blog, it’s only needed in order to make comments, which we encourage!
    1. Click on Register, under Administrative on the right-hand column.
    2. Make up a username and give your email
    3. An email will be sent to you with your password
    4. Continue with the next step (Log In)
  2. Log In
    NOTE: You do not need to log in in order to veiw the blog, it’s only needed in order to make comments, which we encourage!
    1. Either click the link on the page you finished registering on, or click Login under Administrative on the right-hand column of the main blog page.¬† Note that you can keep yourself logged in by checking the box, if you’d like.
    2. Update your profile, if desired
    3. Click on the View Site link (small white letters) next to “Stauchy Blog” (Big blue letters at very top).¬† This will take you back to the
  3. View Blog
    1. The main page contains the last 10 posts in reverse chronological order (i.e. read from the bottom post, up).
    2. You can click on any title heading (or “Read More >> >>” link) to expand any blog entry, see all of the comments, and post your own comment (please do!).¬† Once on that page, use the links at the top of the post to navigate from one post to the next, or click on the big white lettering at the top (Stauchy Blog) to return to the main page.
    3. If you want to see older posts, click on the links under Archive on the right-hand column of the main blog page.  Again, these will be shown in reverse chronological order, and works the same way as the main blog page.
  4. Rules
    1. No spamming!¬† Comments that have random, commercial links that are not related to the blog entry will be deleted and I may suspend your account if I suspect you’re a spammer.¬† On the other hand, please DO post links to personal sites, or any other cool sites that you think the Stauchy community would enjoy!? This rule is only meant for people who are NOT friends, family, or other sincerely interested parties (so, if you’re reading this, the rule probably doesn’t apply to you)
    2. It’s probaby not a good idea to post you email address because there is a decent chance that a spider will gobble it up and put it on a spam list (note that you will be required to give your email address on a form in order to make a comment, but that address will not be posted, so
      you’ll be ok there).
    3. Please use common sense about what will be offensive or generally reprehensible.  I do reserve the right to remove any post at my discresion, and even ban your user ID if it becomes a problem.
    4. Have fun!

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About

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

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The Stauchy Blog is a comprehensive journal about the life of Jason and Lynette Stauch as we undergo the adventure of a lifetime in Antarctica at the South Pole.† Enjoy!

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Does it fit?- Oct 15, 2006

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

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We rolled out of bed fairly late and meandered over to the coffee shop by our hotel.† The Bear something or the something bear? We met Charlie, a fellow Polie who was enjoying a patio spot at the cafe for breakfast.† We talked about the upcoming season and various travelling we had each done.† The breakfasts were huge - Charlie had ordered the “Kiwi fix”, which was a strange pile of eggs, toast, baked beans, among other things.

Shortly after grubbing, we returned upstairs and sorted what was to remain in CHC and what was going with us.† We ventured out to our noon shuttle to the CDC (clothing distribution center) to get our ECWs (extreme cold weather gear). (more…)

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Living in Tomorrowland? - um…Oct 13 and/or 14

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

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Flying the red-eye to New Zealand begs one question when arriving in CHC (pronounced “Cheech” in Antarctica speak for Christchurch): “What Day is it?”¬† (For pictures, see: Christchurch Picture Gallery)

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Signing Out - Oct 12, 2006

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

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We were up at 0600, getting dressed and loading the Saturn. Hugged the family goodbye and made our way out to the vehicle.† JoAnn drove us to Raytheon Polar Services HQ on her way into a workday filled with meetings.† We were leaving the country today, so anything†that†still needed to be taken care of, needed to be done today (in addition to training and taking a bus ride and a flight on our way out of the country). (more…)

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Another superhero - Oct 11, 2006

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

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So, rumor told us to be at the Raytheon office early.† So, we headed over to Raytheon and arrived at opening at 0700.† We got our badges, login information, and travel funds while in Denver.† Jason went to set-up our online payadvice for direct deposit and expense reimbursements while I went on a mission to figure out how to change our permanent address in Raytheon’s system and recover money for the expenses that we had from our summer travels for training (all our receipts were in the laptop bag that was stolen on Friday).† That’s when we really got to know†another superhero that helped us along the way to get to Antarctica. (more…)

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Shopping Spree and Identity Crisis! - Oct. 10, 2006

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

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We got up early (going to be late and getting up early was becoming a habit, and a highly annoying one at that) and drove up to Denver where Lynette had supervisor training.† I dropped her off and tried, unsuccessfully, to check into the room early since we had the back of my dad’s Saturn View was packed full of our stuff.† We didn’t love the idea of driving around with an SUV full of everything we were taking on our trip, especially given that we were still reeling from the burglary.† But, I dind’t have a choice, so after planning out my day in the hotel’s computer lab, I headed out on a massive shopping spree. (more…)

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The Recovery Begins - Oct. 9, 2006

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

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After far too little sleep, we dragged ourselves out of bed at 7am.† We actually had some good news during the drive the day before, Lynette’s training actually didn’t start until Tuesday, and mine not until Wednesday.† This means that we had the whole day free to try to recover from the burglary.† During the drive we had compiled a list that consisted of two major categories: 1) Deal with the insurance claim and police report, and†2) Replace all the high priority stuff that was stolen. (more…)

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The Long Haul - Oct. 8, 2006

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

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After getting to bed late (around 2am), and since we had a long drive ahead of us, we decided to sleep in until about 7am.† We got up and started the next puzzle of packing our remaining stuff into the Jeep.† We finished up around 10 and after our last stop at Starbucks for at least a year, we headed for Colorado. (more…)

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Saturday’s Push - October 7, 2006

Friday, October 20th, 2006

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We were up at 0700 and began the mass effort to get out of the house.† Friday’s events left us feeling beat-down and almost the end of our ropes.† We had thought that dealing with the loss of Jasper was going to be our only major emotional thing to deal with until this.† How could people be so crappy? It’s a frustrating thing to realize that pictures and videos so dear to us were lost forever because some dirty thieves needed a few extra bucks and were too lazy to get a job to fund their needs.† Jason had even backed up a lot of it on a brand new external, portable harddrive because of our fear of a harddrive failure and data loss.† They stole that too.† That phrase was spoken a lot in the few days of the aftermath… (more…)

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Stinkin’ Burglers - Oct 6, 2006

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

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So, Friday, October 6th seemed like a normal enough day for 2 people moving out of the house they have loved over the past 3.5 years in sunny southern california.† We were still on a decent schedule.† We knew we couldn’t make the Race for the Cure in Denver, but things were still looking good for a smooth, slow-paced drive to Denver and minor preparations for leaving for Antarctica.† Most shopping had been done and a complete list identified what we had packed for the pole and what was ready for “post pole”.† Lynette had moved all her e-mails and contacts from her “Parsons” computer over to the personal computer and we had “played out” the going away parties to their fullest.† Shortly after noon, we loaded up the Jeep to take one of the final loads of stuff over to the storage unit and get some lunch.† We were gone for almost 2 hours and returned to meet a locksmith to make changes to the door handle we had broken just a few days earlier.† We ate lunch, chatted on the phone with some buddies, and Lynette went on a quest to find the laptop to do a little work on it while Jason searched for the DVD case to add another disc to it when it dawned on us that we had, in fact, been burglarized. (more…)

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Hello world!

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

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So, we finally made it to McMurdo after a very eventful summer.† We couldn’t have done it without the TONS of help that we received from our wonderful family and friends! A huge thank you, especially, to Janelle (she saved our rear-ends on many occassions in late summer — and is still helping us a lot despite the distance), our parents, our siblings, the CA, CO and GA crews who gave us incredible send-offs, and the “skua crew” in CA who helped vacate the house (both while we were there and after we left).† Love to you all!† Thanks for everything! Lynette & Jason

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