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Friday, May 19, 2006 


Well hello again! I bet you thought we'd fallen into a crevasse or something, didn't you? We've managed to explore every nook and cranny of this island, and found some interesting tidbits along the way. Got a minute or two? Good. Grab a towel, some shorts, and follow me. Huh? Oh, I'm sorry... we're headed to the sauna. It'll give us a chance to catch up. Yes, it will do you a lot of good, and relax you too. Don't forget your water. You should be drinking at least a gallon a day, you know, or you'll dehydrate something fierce!

Okay, now that we're settled, I tell you what has been going on. I told you about the killer attack skua - he tried to eat our balloon. But Newt's been very resourceful - he found the skua barn. The skua barn is a place where you can put stuff you don't want anymore, instead of throwing it out. You know what they say, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." Here, we recycle everything. There was a plastic poncho in the skua box; granted it was torn, but we needed it to patch our balloon. The glue is a different story. Newt and the boys are playing chemistry set - experimenting with different chemicals to find a permanent, but flexible glue. The "Winter Over" community is a very tightly knit group of people. "The tourists," people here for the summer, have all gone home - leaving a small skeleton crew to maintain the equipment and monitor ongoing experiments until August.

People are keeping themselves busy - one man makes sculptures out of scraps he finds in MacTown. Near the bus stop is an amazing sculture of a whale made from heavy chain, nuts, bolts, and sheet metal scraps. You really should see it before you go. One of the guys that works in the Heavy Shop made it - talk about talent. We've also had a few accidents. Somebody went out on a snowmobile and ran out of gas. You'd think it was a no-brainer to check the gas, but apparently this guy wasn't running on all four cylinders. He had a little too much rocket fuel to drink. Yes, rocket fuel - JATO (jet assisted take off) juice. It's drinkable if you dilute it with bug juice. It'll fry your brain cells too. Anyway, rocket man was up at medical for a few days - dehydration mostly, and a little frostbite. Some people have no life...

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