Sunday, September 27, 2009

T Minus Ten

Ten days until deployment! Anxiety is rising, as I think I have everything taken care of, but I keep finding things that I need to take care of before I leave. I'll be so happy when the 7th arrives. I picked up some photochromic lenses to take to Antarctica, and I tried them out yesterday. I'm not entirely sure they get dark enough, but they do claim that they block 100% of UVA and UVB sunlight. They are easily the nerdiest glasses I have ever worn, and I've been wearing glasses for 27 years... Oh, and I have to wear them with Croakies to make sure they stay on when I take my goggles on and off. They just add insult to injury.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Can't explain it

I'd like to start my new blog off with heartfelt thanks. Thanks to my family and friends for always being there for me. Thanks to all of the IT staff that I've served with at Rice for their camaraderie. Thanks to my customers at Rice for their companionship and patience. I have a lot to be thankful for; and for that, I thank God.

I've had a hard time explaining why I am going to Antarctica. Most everyone has been positive and supportive, but I think they don't understand why I am going. I am not 100% sure I know why, but I can't actually provide any reasons or explanations that make sense to them. For me, it makes total sense, and I feel confident this is the right thing for me. It is risky on so many levels, but I feel that I must do this.

I'm going to be maintaining this blog to let people keep track of me. I like that no logins are required, and it is a simple means of spreading information.