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 MOUNTAIN NOTES      14.May.2000

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Now don't they look precious in their MGnome T-Shirts?! You can get yours at Mugg Shots by Dotty!
Kim was over last sunday helpin' all of us Mgnomies celebrate Jonathan's Sixteenth Birthday. It certainly was a good time to get them to pose...huh? Here's a picture of brother and sister posin' fer dear ole' dad. We've got a real great clan here! kiddin'....I didn't even have to threaten them!

 Buggy Bob Jones    Thu. 11 May 2000

Davis Station Antarctica:
Alternator fails at Davis.
An alternator which produces power and supplies the station, tripped out on a down to earth fault and smoke from the short activated the very sensitive Vesda system in the main power house, triggering the station fire alarm on Saturday morning. The electricians determined the failure was due to an insulation breakdown in the stator while the mechanics removed the faulty unit and painted the replacement alternator and fitted it.

In other news this week Peter Thompson has taken 2 groups for quad (4 wheel motor bikes) training on the sea-ice, introducing us to walking the quads through thick snow and at the same time showing everyone the entrance to Ellis fjord between Warriner and Redfearn Islands and familiarising all with Ellis Narrows. The sea-ice surface conditions are every rough at the moment causing quad drivers to spend more time on the pegs than in their seats. Hopefully the surface conditions will become smoother with time.

A group comprising the doctor, chef and radio technical officer travelled to all the huts checking the medical supplies; hut radios, batteries and HF radio selcalls and food stocks. Friday drinks were in the CrowBar whilst bottling a brew. With the chef in the field, stand-in cooks did a superb job with some highlights being Robin's Saturday night Asian banquet; George's crepes, apple pikelets and French toast for Sunday morning tea; Wally's onion and vinegar salad, Madras beef curry and his trademark dish of apple pie and finally Nico and Brett's chicken provinciale.

Last Thursday we could hear emperor penguins trumpeting on the sea-ice and then 4 appeared out of the gloom and walked up to the station. After a few photographs had been taken they continued on their way.

On Tuesday it was a very cold minus 27C with winds from the ESE at 20 knots. The sky was clear and at sunrise at 11am the eastern sky tuned pink and this colour extended into the west lighting up the icebergs in front of the station. On Wednesday the barometer dropped all day and from mid morning the wind increased in strength with blowing snow. The temperature rose to minus 11C. A striking contrast from one day to the next.

On Wednesday we celebrated Rob Sharp's birthday. As I write this, the guys are getting ready for dinner with some wearing their maroon jerseys and drinking 4X (Queensland supporters), whilst the Blues supporters (New South Wales) are quietly confident that their side will win.
Cheers from Davis.
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To Bob and all the folks at Davis....until next time.....have safe. Also, a hardy "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" to Rob Sharp!!!

    The difference between a prostitute, a girlfriend, and a wife?
  • The prostitute says "That'll be $100."
  • The girlfriend says "Oh, baby! I love you, I love you, I love you!"
  • The wife says "Beige. Yeah. Beige. I'll paint the ceiling beige."
Talk About Dumb..
A lady was observed putting a credit card into her floppy drive and pulling it out very quickly. When inquired as to what she was doing, she said she was shopping on the Internet and they asked for a credit card number, so she's using the ATM "thingy".(Hmmmmmm.....think I'll try that!)

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Ridin' the Rails: The Ghan
"A journey to the Heart of Australia"!

From its early days as a rather irregular service, the legendary Ghan has evolved into one of the world's most comfortable and impressive rail journeys. The Ghan is an unforgettable travel experience connecting Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide with Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. The Ghan travels once a week from Melbourne Victoria or Sydney New South Wales and Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, stopping off at picturesque Adelaide along the way.
The Ghan will take you through ancient mountain ranges, over the red-baked earth of the Simpson Desert and past oceans of sandhills. You will travel under a brilliant outback sunset and experience the wonder of the Southern sky.
Happy Railroadin' Partners.....have fun and enjoy!!! No better way to enjoy wildlife....nature....and just down right relaxin'!

  • If you let other people do it for you, they will do it to you.
Outdoor Adventure: Salmon River Outfitters
Salmon River Outfitters offers a uniquely civilized wilderness experience. Their dedication to fine food, passenger comfort and impeccable service distinguishes them from other outfitters in Idaho and elsewhere. More than 20 national and international publications, including Travel & Leisure, Gourmet, Mirabella, and the New York Times, have recommended SRO as the ultimate wilderness vacation.
The Salmon is the longest (400 miles) undammed river in the United States, where they raft for 6-days/80 miles through roadless wilderness. Its high-water flow creates the most exciting waves in Idaho, allowing them to use oar-rafts, paddle-boats and inflatable kayaks.
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Summer Adventure: Narokorokoyawa Island, Fiji
"Fiji is the way Hawaii wishes it still were. Narokorokoyawa in the Yasawa Islands is where the Fijians first landed, and nobody lives there now because it's sacred. First you have to go to Waya Island, share a kava drink with the chief and ask his permission." After taking a seaplane to Narokorokoyawa, "we left offerings for the gods and enjoyed being alone on an incredible white-sand beach." Information: Captain Cook Cruises, 800-682-6025.
Survival Tip:Stay where you are:
Stop as soon as it is apparent that you have become separated from your group, are lost or in trouble. People who carry on after becoming lost usually get further from roads and trails, and further from people who are looking for them.
Until next time: Be Safe ~ Be Happy!!

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USA Today: The accidental virus
A 23-year-old Filipino man this week said he just may have unleashed last week's "love bug" - the most destructive computer virus to date - upon us accidentally. No, he didn't cry "DOH!" Nor did he apologize. The man, former computer student Onel A. de Guzman, really didn't say much of anything. Aside from replying "It is possible," when asked if he might have accidentally unleashed the virus, and acknowledging that "youthful exuberance" may have contributed to its release, de Guzman didn't do much at a news conference this week other than sweat and cover his face, according to news reports. He didn't admit to writing the virus. However, de Guzman and several college friends are considered "possible suspects" in the case. De Guzman's college thesis project - a program designed to steal passwords from other computer users - can't be helping his cause: Whomever wrote the "love bug" virus designed it to steal passwords as it spread.

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How Long Is Labor?:
Although pregnancy books and childbirth classes divide labor neatly into three stages, every woman's experience is different. Labor and delivery averages 14 hours for first-time mothers, though for plenty of women the process lasts more than 20 hours, and for a lucky few it's much quicker. Subsequent deliveries average around eight hours.
Labor is divided into three stages: First stage, which consists of early, active, and transitional phases; second stage, when you actually deliver your baby; and third stage, when you deliver the placenta.
NOTE: Always follow the advice of your Physician!
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The plastic-coated small-bowled spoons designed for babies are a gentle way to introduce foods and are easier on your baby's tender gums. (Then again, you may find that a demitasse or iced-tea spoon works just as well.) Some companies offer temperature-safe spoons, which change color when food is too hot to serve your baby. You'll see funky ergonomically designed baby utensils too, but you can pass on those for now; these are really designed to help babies who are feeding themselves rather than being spoon-fed by a parent. For more equipment ideas, see BabyCenter's article on feeding supplies. NOTE! Always check with and follow the advice of your physician!!
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Linux Note: When downloading a linux .tar/ .gz or .rpm file, It is sometimes necessary to hold down the shift key while clicking on the file you want to download.

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Although it's always best to have hard-paper copies of all your genealogical records, genealogy software programs offer an easy-to-use alternative. One of the most popular programs is Family Tree Maker, which is available for a free 15-day trial.

For a comprehensive list of software programs, go to"
These programs generate data files with .ged extensions, such as Lawrence.ged. The files, called GEDCOMs, make data transfer between programs much easier. A GEDCOM file is simply a text file with tags that identify the data entry fields. You can read a GEDCOM file in a word processing program, although the organization of the data entry fields won't make much sense. If you receive a GEDCOM file from someone, it's best to download a free trial version of genealogy software in order to read it.

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This recipe is for people who like their fudge to have some texture, rather than being creamy smooth, but it still melts in your mouth. To make peanut butter fudge, reduce butter to 1/4 cup, eliminate cocoa, and stir in 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter after cooking.

  • 1/2 c butter
  • 2-1/4 c sugar
  • 6 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1 small can (10 tbsp) evaporated milk
Line bottom and sides of an 8" square baking dish with foil. Mix all ingredients in a large saucepan. Cook and stir to soft-ball stage (236 degrees). Remove from heat. Stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until fudge begins to thicken and lose its gloss. Pour into pan; score cutting lines with a serrated knife.

So until next time, REMEMBER:  "I've learned-
that the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon."