I got an e-mail today confirming that I have PQed once again for the summer season at Pole. I’ll be leaving the states Nov. 7, 2009 and am tentatively scheduled to return on Jan. 21, 2010, though that could be earlier if all goes well, or later if things go poorly. You can (and should!) mail me things at:
Elizabeth George A-379S
South Pole Station
PSC 468 Box 400
APO AP 96598
To everyone who mailed me things last year: THANK YOU! You have no idea how nice it is to get packages. The things I most appreciated were good chocolate and good tea, neither of which they sell on station. Make sure you package things well, as boxes get kind of crushed when they are all thrown onto cargo pallets and strapped down. By the way, anyone who mails me something (even a letter) will get a post card from the south pole in return. Then you can hang it on your fridge and show it off to your friends….or something.
What else am I up to? Well, classes started this week. Last Saturday I had the classical prelim (6 hours of exams on classical mechanics and E&M), and tomorrow I have the modern prelim (6 hours of exams on quantum and statistical mechanics). The classical exam was insanely hard and there is almost no chance I passed, and it turns out that I never learned stat mech, so the modern exam should be a trip. Dave also got back from Japan this week and hung out with me in Berkeley for 5 days, and I’m trying desperately to finish up all of our detector testing before we deploy to Pole. Party on!
I think things should settle down a bit in a week or two, and I can go back to my regularly scheduled program of climbing after work and biking on the weekends. But in case any of you were wondering, I’m doing well!
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