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15 October 2008 @ 10:03 am
“Good marnin’, Alaska!”  

I went swimming this morning, and was in a lane with a slowpoke, but he wasn’t getting in my way, so that was okay. The lane next to me only had one person in it, but another slowpoke got into my lane with the slowpoke and me. I got into the other lane, very grumpily, but then it turned out the guy in that lane could swim. And that in fact I had to sort of put some energy into it in order to not be lapped. And after a while when we were both at the wall for a moment, he said, “Good marnin’, Alaska!” to me. It was the swim coach. :) So I had a much better swim than expected. Yay!

I did not know there was an Alps-sized mountain range beneath the Antarctic ice sheet. Apparently it makes no sense, as it’s in the middle of the continent, with no plate tectonics or observable hot spots beneath the land mass to explain its presence. They’re doing a 2.5 month study of it this year during the Antarctic summer, and I am completely fascinated. Someday I’ll get to go to Antarctica. If I’m lucky someday I’ll get to spend four or six months there. I would *love* to do that.

Yesterday was a day of Doing Nothing*, so today has to be productive.

- visualization class handout/outline
- dialog class handout/outline
- read through all of the critique submissions
- print out the one that came in late
- do a critique writeup on 2-3 of them
- start reading WD for revision purposes

*Actually, I did study Spanish with Dad. Our class is kind of…scattered…but it’s providing an impetus for us to get together and study, so that’s really good, and we’re having a lot of fun. I sense that in the future I’m going to be obliged to actually learn the future and past tenses of verbs, which I never really did do very well while studying in high school. But if I’m tutoring Dad, well, I need to know what’s right so I don’t mess him up!

miles to Isengard: 430.7
ytd miles swum: 27.1

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
tammy_mooretammy_moore on October 15th, 2008 10:19 am (UTC)
There are actually a couple of writers residencies available in Antarctica you know. I came across one last year - you spent six months on a boat with scientists and then write about it.

(I also know of a poet who supposedly applied for funding to go to Antarctica and read his poetry to penguins to see if it resonated with them in anyway. Apparently - and take this with as much salt as you like - the reason he failed to get the funding was because he wanted it to be a private moment between man and penguin and refused to take any recording equipment.)
kitmizkit on October 15th, 2008 10:55 am (UTC)
I knew writers (Kim Stanley Robinson, among others) had gone down for several months. Didn't know there were actual residencies. I'll have to look into that at some point.

*howls at the penguin story* ZOMG. O.O
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on October 15th, 2008 11:08 am (UTC)
Back in the 80s, our next door neighbours (a bunch of guys house sharing) had this habit of disappearing for several months at a time. They all worked for the British Antarctic Survey, and a few at a time would get posted out for the southern summer.

Myself, I also worked for BAS, but only for a week or two doing data entry, so I never got closer than 52 degrees North.

I have this ambition, sometime in the next few years, of getting to Svalbard.
desperancedesperance on October 15th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
Damn - I was just going to drop mizkit a link to the BAS Artists & Writers programme, but I checked the criteria and you have be a UK national. Phooey.
kitmizkit on October 15th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
Aww. And I'm not likely to become one, I'm afraid. :)
desperancedesperance on October 15th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
I would say "Marry me!", but I b'lieve I'm too late? (And I can't even tempt you with my cooking, on account of Ted's chefiness...)
kitmizkit on October 15th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
Yes, too late I'm afraid, although I will never object to people wanting to cook for me. And, y'know, I'll keep the offer in reserve if it proves in the long run to be the only way I can get to Antarctica... :)
HL Henriksonveilofgrace on October 15th, 2008 10:24 am (UTC)
Coinckidinckily, my husband shared a story with me this morning. He works at a shoe store presently, and the other day a pleasant sort of fellow walked in and asked to see their slippers. My husband showed him over and inquired what sort he was looking for. "Warm," the fellow said. My husband showed off some simple ones, figuring the man was just a normal customer looking to purchase some winter before-bed slippers (which, as we live in Colorado where it can be near-blizzarding one day and sunshiney-warm the next, don't have to be *that* warm). "Do you have anything warmer?" the man asked. "I'm not allowed to wear shoes indoors at all, and I don't want to be cold." So my husband pulled out the extra-fluffy ones, only to have the man sigh. "I'm leaving for Antarctica soon," he said, "and nobody carries Antarctica-duty slippers."

Do they sell extra-warm slippers in Alaska?
kitmizkit on October 15th, 2008 10:55 am (UTC)
You know, weirdly, I never wore slippers in Alaska. We keep the houses really warm. :)
Grace Dudleygrian_ruadh on October 15th, 2008 10:44 am (UTC)
When you actually decide to go spend half a year at the bottom of the world, let me know. I have a couple of friends who have spent at least half of the past several years down there at McMurdo. I'll put you in touch with them. :D
kitmizkit on October 15th, 2008 10:56 am (UTC)
Oh, man! That's awesome. I will. It won't be for years, I'm sure, but it's on my Bucket List. :)
Natural20natural20 on October 15th, 2008 11:01 am (UTC)
Take yourself to a library or bookstore and there be picking up a copy of HP Lovecraft's "The Mountains of Madness."

Antarctic mountain ranges ftw. :)
kitmizkit on October 15th, 2008 01:47 pm (UTC)
Y'know, I haven't read any Lovecraft, except a paragraph here or there.
J.K.Richárdneutronjockey on October 15th, 2008 11:27 am (UTC)
Marnin' Kit.

From the BBC News Article:"I like to say it's rather like being an archaeologist and opening up a tomb in a pyramid and finding an astronaut sitting inside. It shouldn't be there."

*doh!* I hate when that happens.
Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on October 15th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
Did you do tumble-tarns? And does *he* do tumble-tarns?

I just like saying tumble-tarns. :)
kitmizkit on October 15th, 2008 01:47 pm (UTC)
I did tomble-tarns, but he, to my surprise, did not. :)

I like saying it too. :)
Nimtouchstone on October 15th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
By the by, your rendering of his accent has me hearing my uncle's voice every time I read it :)
Geek of Weird Shitgows on October 15th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
I've a friendly acquaintance--another Colorado burner--named robynbroyden who is working down in Antarctica this season. I checked her blog and there's not much there, but I don't know if she's flocking her posts.

Nothing, sadly, about giant mountain ranges. *sigh*
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Lady Doomlithera on October 15th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
That's cool, your swim story.

I like it.
kitmizkit on October 15th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
*beams* I liked it too!
Kes Yocumkesmun on October 19th, 2008 07:38 am (UTC)
I have a friend on my list (sagwah) who's down in Antarctica right now. A friend from high school's husband did the six months down there, six months in the US thing for a while. Or maybe it was a year there a year here. Can't remember.