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sharona came up to me shortly before i redeployed in 2007, and told me how she couldn't get "ivan the terra bus," a song bill and i wrote about a 54 passenger bus at mcmurdo, out of her head for months. the band, condition fun, was the silly brainchild of bill (guitar)and i (tuba), and assorted musicians on station who played weird instruments (accordion, banjo, trombone, bass). we mostly wrote kids' songs about the weird vehicles we drive. they're all recorded somewhere. on my last day in antarctica, sharona and holly filmed bill and i playing the song in the bandroom and hanging off ivan. i totally forgot about it.
antarctica is home to a few film festivals. the south pole international film festival (SPIFF) is a highlight of the season. mcmurdo hosts one in the summer, and one in the winter (see youtube: antzarctica). all footage must be filmed and edited in antarctica. i have copies of most of them if you ever want to come over my house and watch them on a rainy sunday. in 2005, my friend brien and i entered a quick flick about a lonely bored pinstetter in the world's southernmost bowling alley. as it turns out, sharona and holly edited their footage of "ivan" and submitted it to this year's festival in mcm which i believe was last week. here it is, it's totally cute. thanks, guys!(ps, i think i had a cold, so bear with the stuffy nose.)
yesterday i had plans to play lego star wars with b, dave, and my very pregnant friend simone, that is, of course, unless she was busy giving birth.
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Alright… now that I’ve got your attention…
What is Santarctica, you might ask?
First you must decide if you’re a Santa or an elf and dress appropriately (costumes are provided to the first 50 or so people who show up). Feel free to show up in your own SANTA or ELF costume. Reindeer will also be welcome. Decide on your first place to spread cheer and run, walk, skip there, spreading cheer along the way. After joy and laughter have been brought to the first locale, move on and continue spreading cheer until you’re tired and nobody notices when you sneak off.
What places are visited?
Suggestions are always welcome! There are a few other activities planned for Sunday, so appearances could be made at the softball game, burger bar, different drinking establishments, the McMurdo sign behind 209, some workcenters that don’t mind the distraction, Hut Point… who knows?
What if you can’t make it at 4pm?
We’ll plan to meet any stragglers at 6pm in Gallagher’s. If you want to meet up, 6pm is your chance.
Remember to bring clothes to wear under or over your Santa or elf suit to keep you warm throughout the event.
Remember to have fun.
Remember to puke in Food Waste. Nobody likes a disrespectful Santa.
Remember to spread the word.
Remember to charge your camera batteries the day before.
Remember to spread cheer.