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 GNOMEDOME NOTES.....28.June.2000

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We Gone Fishin' !!:
Me and the crew went fishin' Sunday, up to Monument Lake, Colorado. If you're ever up this way, it's a great ole' lake to take the family. They have camp grounds, cabins, restaurant, boat docks and rentals, gift shop, fishin' supplies...etc.. You'll take a scenic ride along Highway 12 (The Highway of Legends) to get there. The waters at Monument Lake are crystal clear! Jon was pulling in some nice trout today, and Bobby was just havin' fun, and of course I had the best view...a beautiful view of the skies over Monument! Relaxing on the bank of the lake, the surrounding mountain vistas are breathtaking. I never know where the next trip will takes us, so stop back next week pa'tner!

A Sad Farewell & Tribute: Chester (Chet) Czech
A very dear friend of mine, Donna(Czech) Pudelski, lost her father at the end of May. Mr. Czech was very well liked by all who knew him. I knew him as a very kind man, a real doer and a real helper! Donna, her husband Tom, and myself, hung out together in high school and are the very best of friends. Donna had this to say, "He was a good man and was always good to all of us. He had a lot of friends and we all will miss him.". Our hearts go out to the entire Family!
Folks choose well the words, you leave with loved ones. Always make them kind and loving, so that when a loved one does leave, instead of saying.."I wish I had....", you'll be able to say..."I'm glad I did....".

 Riviera of the Bob Jones    Wed. 14 June 2000

Davis Station Antarctica:
Greetings from Davis.
The days have been pretty cold with temperatures dropping to the minus twentys. However, this has also bought clear days and brilliant "sunrises" and "sunsets". The short twilight hours have provided many on station with the opportunity to go out to the Bergs and other points of interest. Saturday saw not only the Hagglunds Training course out in the field but another party of happy campers and 5 day trippers making the majority of the station actually, off Station. Sunday dawned another beautiful day and once again the crisp day was broken by the sound of quads heading off onto the sea ice.

Mid Winter and the crest of the hill looms ahead like a distant milestone on the road to summer. Dinner Menus and the Evening programmes are in varying stages of completion and the Station Pantomime is shaping up to be an event of frivolity. Different Expeditioners have been putting their heads together to prepare something thespian for the night. No doubt the hidden talents of all will shine forth and provide entertainment galore. We are looking forward to the day in anticipation. Invitations for special guests have been sent out to all and sundry. Now we sit back in dread of the likelihood that these people might turn up.

One might begin to think at this stage that it is all beer and skittles, here at the "Riviera of the South". It is not, as the hard playing goes hand in hand with hard working. From General Station duties to continuing Maintenance Programmes. Our Sparkies have been doing Fire Alarm tests on all the buildings and have replaced the flame detector and a strobe light in Met. ASP engineer, Darron Lehmann has been working on the FPS Periscope while George Klich has been doing continuing Calibrations and Monthly reports. Meanwhile back in the Workshop the Chippies, besides painting their Workshop and the mezzanine floor of the plumbers shop, have been doing the Slushy duties in the Kitchen. Wally presented a fantastic Sunday feast for us. The Diesos workshop has been working over time with Hagglunds courses and general maintenance to other vehicles. The Hagglunds courses are proving quite popular with 16 members wishing to complete the 5 hours theory and 2 day practical to obtain a limited Licence. In Science, Jack has been doing slushy as he shared with Wally. However, he still had to put in some fairly long days to keep abreast of his laboratory work.

These cold temperatures and clear skies have provided opportunites for the sleepless to take some terrific Aurora shots and a slide show on Sunday night confirmed some of the better shots taken, so far, this winter. The Darkroom is getting a little more use of late with Mick the Chef mixing it with Developer, Washes and Reversal solutions as opposed to his normal Batter, Bread mix and Sauces. We have had a couple of extra showings of 16mm movies this week and these have been enjoyed by a handful.

The Station looks especially welcoming when returning from the field. Her mantle of white adds a depth of colour to the buildings that we rarely see. The Blizz tails down on to the sea ice have a deceptive beauty about them. A returning party came a cropper when they attempted to ride the Blizz tails up to the station only to find that the Snow was too soft and they got bogged more than once. It took longer to get up to the Station from the sea ice than it did to travel back from Brookes Hut.

That's about all for this weeks episode from the Vestfolds. So until next week, we hope you are all able to get your items together for Mid Winters and that your day will be as much fun as ours.
Brett Hill's magnificent coffee plunger.
Pear and orange French toast Tart and red wine ice cream with a berry sauce and pear coulis.
Electrician, Rob Pile working on the Met fire panel.
Cheers from all at Davis.
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To Bob and the Davis Crew.....Keep Safe....Warm.....and Thanks for Sharing!!

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Talk About Dumb.... This guy walked into a little corner store with a shot gun and demanded all the cash from the cash drawer. After the cashier put the cash in a bag, the robber saw a bottle of scotch that he wanted behind the counter on the shelf. He told the cashier to put it in the bag as well. The clerk refused "because I don't believe you are over 21." The robber said he was, but the clerk still refused to give it to him because he didn't believe him. At this point, the robber took his drivers license out of his wallet and gave it to the clerk. The clerk looked it over, agreed that the man was in fact over 21, and put the scotch in the bag. The robber then ran from the store with his loot. The cashier promptly called the police and gave the name and address of the robber that he got from the license. They arrested the robber two hours later. -true story.(I guess there truely is a need for more prisons...)

-- The Mountain Man        


Ridin' the Rails: The Llangollen Railway
Part of the Ruabon to Barmouth line, the Railway closed to passenger traffic in 1965, and to goods in 1968. The track and signalling was removed the following month, and for seven years the buildings and trackbed were left at the mercy of nature. The rebirth of the line began with an open day in September 1975, with 60 feet of track; since then the line has rarely looked back. Now extending some 7 miles along the Dee valley, the scenery is outstanding, with views over the valley and surroundings not seen from the A5 above. In the future, extension to Corwen is planned, and possibly beyond; a link back to BR at Ruabon remains a long-term aim, putting the Dee Valley firmly back on the railway map.

It's always great to hear of one more railway come back to life!!
Happy Railroadin' Partners.....have fun and enjoy!!! No better way to enjoy wildlife....nature....and just down right relaxin'!

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Be Prepared for an Emergency Birth:
Emergency home deliveries are extremely unusual, especially with first babies. But they are necessary every once in a while. If it feels like you're not going to make it to the hospital and you find yourself in an emergency situation with sudden contractions coming strong and fast, do the following

  • Call 911 and ask the dispatcher to send an emergency medical squad. Then call your physician or midwife. Your healthcare provider should remain on the phone to guide you until help arrives.
  • If your husband or partner is not immediately available, call a friend or neighbor.
  • Unlock your door so the emergency medical crew, your neighbor, or whomever you contacted can come in (you may not be in a position to get to the door later).
  • Grab a towel, sheet, or blanket so you can dry the baby immediately after birth. If you remain alone and can't grab anything else, you can use your clothes instead.
  • If you feel the overwhelming urge to push, try to delay it by panting, using Lamaze breathing techniques.
NOTE: Always follow the advice of your Physician!
Are You Ready for a Sitter?:
Whether it's your first-ever separation or you leave your child with a caregiver daily when you go to work, leaving your baby with a babysitter can be difficult. Try not to let your child pick up on your feelings of apprehension. If you feel anxious, he/she'll feel anxious too. Treat brief separations casually -- don't get worked up or linger over saying good-bye, for example -- and your baby will learn you'll be back soon and won't worry. And if he/she's happy, you're happy.
NOTE! Always check with and follow the advice of your physician!!
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It will take several years to get all of the Hamburg lists online. Currently, the site plans to publish indexes from 1850 through 1934.

To search the Hamburg passenger lists the old-fashioned way, you can order microfilm through the Family History Center nearest you. You can find other passenger lists by going to:

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Delicious, oriental dish! you'll need a wok, or a deep saute pan, or frying pan. You'll find hoisin sauce and oyster sauce near the other oriental ingredients at your supermarket. Serves 4.
  • 1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts or 1 lb pork
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 tsp crushed dried red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ketchup
  • 1/4 c chicken stock or broth
  • 1-1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1-1/2 tsp finely chopped garlic (about 2 cloves)
  • 2 green onions, slivered
  • 1 c bean sprouts
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil


  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tsp white wine
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • dash pepper
Cut chicken or pork into pieces about 1 inch by 1/2 inch. Sprinkle marinade ingredients on chicken and mix well. Marinate 1 hour or overnight.

Mix hoisin sauce, red pepper, ketchup, and stock; set aside. Heat wok and add oil. Stir-fry garlic 30 seconds. Add meat; stir-fry 3 minutes over high heat. Add sauce mixture; mix well. Cover; cook 1 minute. Add onion and bean sprouts; stir-fry 1 minute. Add sesame oil. Mix well and serve.

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