Friday, January 13, 2006
posted 1/13/2006 01:49:00 AM UTC+12, McMurdo Local Time

Not such a lazy day today, but if the efficiency dial would have been turned up it sure would have been. Lots of confusion, equipment failures, people not following instructions, bad weather in places planes were going, and just plain stupidity. I don't say this too often, but today stunk. Ended up working very nearly 12 hours, and got back well after all the places to hang out were closed and all my friends (including one I had arrangements to hang out with) were in bed. Much of that time was spent waiting for one thing or another to happen, often that thing really didn't need to happen at all. Not going to go into details, because they're pretty mundane for the most part.

The only thing worth mentioning was one of our small hoses failed, which caused a little fuel spill that we were fortunately able to clean up very quickly with a loader that was already running within a hundred feet of where it happened. Basically what happened is the barb fitting in the end of the hose somehow became loose and the fitting slipped out the end of the hose. Luckily, the fitting was hooked up to a nozzle that was in use, so we knew it right when things broke, and were able to keep it mostly under control.

The other annoying stuff was basically a string of little grinding type things that eventually added up to cause a really frustrating day. Oh well, tomorrow is another day (Friday the 13th no less.) Actually, I guess it's technically Friday already, I'm writing this around 2am, which is getting close to bedtime for me!

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