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November 27, 2003

Pilots and Pallets

My cousin requested more info on the "cute pilots" and one of the "cute pilots" complained that there wasn't a closer shot of them on the web. So here we go.

The hottie pilots.

In their snazzy flight suits.

[Dave, Brian in background.]

And washing dishes.

[Dave surprised.]

[Brian grumpy.]

They look unhappy, but really they're not.



It was all about love in the Jamesway. Well, sort of. We managed to be polite for the first three or so days, and then all hell broke loose. Come to think of it, those three or so days were the days we were all working hard and the pilots kept to themselves, coming in only for their morning tea and dinner. Those were the good ol' days. Or maybe the boring ones. After that, it was all about hiding frisbees and bright orange mugs, accusing me of weighing 310 lbs (a gross understatement, I swear), making and losing bets (I lost), and badgering the pilots into bringing us a bucket of peanuts and other goodies for our flight. Where are our peanuts! Sarah and I would exclaim. This service sucks! Bringing the bucket of peanuts to us was Leslie, the camp manager's, idea, but we still noted the improvement in service. Shawn (Twin Otter mechanic) claims Air Canada's motto is "We're not happy till you're not happy" (which works much better in Shawn's TV-announcer voice), and the Twin Otter folks are obviously operating by a different standard. Well.... we'll leave it at that.

Shawn also came up with the following slogans for UNAVCO:
When you think of GPS, think of UNAVCO.
UNAVCO, polar GPS support, and we do other things, too. (That one was a joint effort between Shawn, Brian, and I.)
(Shawn: UNAVCO, more than just GPS.
Me: No, we just do GPS.
Shawn: UNAVCO, just GPS.)
UNAVCO, where 40% of our employees know how to read.

Unfortunately, there was more love in the cockpit than in the Jamesway.

[Brian and Dave hold hands.]

I want some of that.

Posted by beth at November 27, 2003 3:14 PM


OK, the pilots were worth a closer look. Just wanted to wish you a happy thanksgiving!

Posted by: susan berens at November 29, 2003 1:16 AM

Hey Beth, cute pilots just don't turn my propellers! :-) But I liked the photo taken from your tent (or one of the sites, or one of the other sites...) on the Siple Dome posting. Kind of like going home to South Dakota (only less desolate). Hang in there, have fun and keep up the postings so we all can live vicariously through you!

Posted by: Dave Thielsen at December 3, 2003 5:54 AM

oh, the joys of travel! we go to paris and enjoy the magnificent city views! you go to antarctica and enjoy the views that most interest the single girl! quite nice for all concerned! great pictures and very amusing story!

Posted by: wilma - mother of beth at December 3, 2003 9:24 AM

Hi Beth, wishing you a happy Christmas. We are having ham and pecan pie, along with other good things. What kind of rations do you get way, way down under?

Posted by: Everett Everett at December 25, 2003 4:39 PM