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Mid-Winter Dinner MenuHere is the menu for our Mid-Winter Dinner. We held a dinner on Saturday night, a few days before the actual mid winter day. As you can see, we are not lacking for food.
Sirius over Ob HillThe Dog Star above Observation Hill. The lights from town illuminate the right hand side of the hill. The moon illuminates the others. I duct-taped hand and toe warmers to my camera to ensure it would work... the temperature was -30F, but quite pleasant as there was no wind.
McMurdoA view of town from the slopes of Ob Hill. The photo is taken midday. There is just a little light visible at the skyline to the north.
Hydrant testingTesting a fire hydrant at -20F created a nice cloud of fog that lingered for a while over town.
Beeker St.Scientists are affectionately (and sometime not so affectionately) referred to as "beekers." Shown is the street sign in from of Crary Lab.
LDB Construction SiteWork continues on a new suite of buildings for NASA's Long Distance Balloon (LDP) program. A couple weeks ago, temperatures here reached -68F, WITHOUT wind-chill. The site is directly on the Ross Ice Shelf and cold dense air flows there, whereas town, which is only a few 10's of feet higher, is often much warmer.
B-157Building 157 is the cold storage for the Retail Store. It has a reputation as being one of the coldest buildings on station. It has no heat and no insulation.
Building 121Building 121 is the beer are soda warehouse. Unlike many buildings at McMurdo, it has a lock on the door.
Cosmic BowlingAn array of black lights and stobe lights are the signature features of Cosmic Bowling. For people who find warped lanes to be of insufficient challenge, Cosmic Bowling offers a bit of added challenge. The two lane alley has manual pinsetters. Behind (and above) the pins are two people who manually pick up the fallen pins and reload the pinsetting manchine. They may also heckle bowlers, but are mindful of tips that are customary for providing good service.
Bingo ClownsBingo is big entertainment here. Bingo callers ususally get dressed up in costume. In this case, two bad clowns.
Another bingo callerOr in this case, a fat Elvis bingo caller. This bingo game was called "Junk Food Bingo" with all prizes except the final jackpot being a large selection of junk food. 10 people won the "blackout bingo" jackpot on the day of this photo and divided the jackpot. To keep things interesting and to confuse any tourist who might wander into town like a lost penguin, we have different requirements to win each game. In the final game of the eveing, the winner must have ever square of his/her card filled in, hence the name "Blackout Bingo".
Mid Winter Dinner set up We held our annual Mid Winter Dinner in the Galley. White linen table clothes, decorations and candles gave the Galley a nice atmosphere for the biggest event of the winter season. Joining us were all the members of the New Zealand base a couple miles down the road (except for the few who had to remain on fire watch.)
Mid Winter Food lineEntrees were Bacon Wrapped Beef Tenderloin, Grilled Salmon and Pork Tenderloin and Filo Veggie Purses. Soda, beer, wine cocktails and a variety of deserts were also available.
Steam tableA photo of steam table where dinner was served.
Wine PosseGuarding the wine supply against pengiun infiltrators.
CarveryBeef tenderloin, prepared to perfection and served by a manager.
LettuceA view of part of the lettuce crop used for the Mid Winter dinner.