Blog Posts Tagged "daily life on the JR"
Hi crew: This will have to be my last picture. We are 100 nautical miles from Honolulu. Yesterday I forgot to mention an important piece of information about working on the JR: everyone works 12-hour shifts. On a typical expedition, most people are midnight to noon or noon to midnight (my favorite shift has always been midnight to noon; a good sunrise always makes the second half of my shift seem to go faster). So besides science, what do we do? We eat!! Because the ship is a hive of activity 24 hours a day, there are meals being served around the clock.
A couple nights ago was hump day for the techs and crew. Where for most of us, hump day is Wednesday, the mid-day of our wimpy five day work week, for the people on the JOIDES Resolution it is usually day 21 of their 42 day work week. Since hump day means they are all half way there to being reunited with their friends and families back on shore, it is usually celebrated with a dance party.
It has been over a week since we have left Wellington. It is hard to believe that so much time has past as the last week has been seemingly gone by quite quickly.
I get a lot of questions from students, family, and friends about what life is like out here on the JR in the middle of the rolling sea, so I thought I’d take a moment and tell you about it. Of course, a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ve included a few here. That means that a video must be worth about 10,000 words, so I’ve also included one of those (don't miss it...it's all the way at the end). I hope this gives you a good idea of what we do for fun (other than science, of course)!
Make do or do without. It is a phrase that I am very familar with from childhood but it takes on a new and challenging interpretation at sea. When you are at sea, you can't go out to the nearest superstore and find what you need. You need to use a little creativity and make use of the things that you have available.