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Mar. 21st, 2011 @ 06:58 am Operation Bacon
We have seen our share of hardships and obstacles this season. From the earthquake in Christchurch, the Norwegian sailboat sinking (and the subsequent rescue of two people on land), our road sinking into the water we have had some challenges to work through. None however compare to the challenge and crisis that developed over the past two weeks.

We ran out of bacon.

I rarely eat bacon, and never eat it down here, so I didn't even know it was an issue until I started hearing grumblings of it in the galley, not so hushed voices in the hallway or violent fistfights breaking out over the status of the bacon. OK, that last bit is a lie.

But we are Americans and we love our bacon. It's practically apple pie.... only better. When our neighboring station offered to give us some of their extra bacon we ate through it in a weekend. Our appetite for bacon knows no limit.

Except for when we run out, then it does know a limit. That hollow place in our stomach knows the limit. That ache that grows when you sit down for breakfast knows the limit. This had developed into a real, real crisis. How to last until August, AUGUST, with no bacon?

Ahh but there are tragedies and there are tragedies diverted and this story, dear reader, has a happy ending. A delicious, happy ending. For, as it turned out, there was some bacon remaining on station. An entire wooden crate worth of bacon. The only problem was that it was buried at the back of our food warehouse, behind 125 crates of other food items.

Last week we unloaded all of the crates and liberated the crate of bacon. It probably won't last the whole season but managed carefully it will get us through most of it.

I did some time lapse photography of th event, my first time playing with this medium and ended up taking almost 5000 pictures. It has since been turned into a 5 minute video:


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From:schone_landmine
Date:March 20th, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC)
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Luv it! We just returned from Dizznyworld and every cheeseburger came with, you guessed it, BACON! I love bacon and eggs and as flavoring for beans but how do you all eat it down there?
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From:longshot14
Date:March 20th, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
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HILARIOUS!!!

And just as we were about to prime the orbital bacon cannon for y'all!! ;)
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From:inever
Date:March 20th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
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Wow, that is A LOT of work just for some bacon...lol
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From:ehintz
Date:March 21st, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
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Teh awesome.

Here in kiwiland they call it "streaky bacon". What they call bacon is more like sliced ham, sorta. So I buy lots of streaky bacon. Mmmm.

Extra points for Yackety Sax/Benny Hill reference-in a bacon hunt. Much awsomeness there.
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From:laviemoderne
Date:March 21st, 2011 01:01 am (UTC)
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OMFG, wow!
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From:petre
Date:March 21st, 2011 03:13 am (UTC)
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ok, so almost 12 hours worth of labor for 2 drivers plus 3 or 4 people in the warehouse, plus the fuel to run the 2 skidders... from a logistical/morale standpoint, if i were the storekeeper, i would have kept my mouth shut and let the bacon famine end with the "discovery" of a bountiful harvest in a few months.

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From:mananath
Date:March 22nd, 2011 07:23 am (UTC)
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true. but unfortunately enough people knew we had it so it couldn't have been a lucky discovery. that being said it was an awful lot of man hours. and they aren't skidders -- they are M4K forklifts affectionately known down here as pickles.
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From:petre
Date:March 22nd, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC)
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pickles cuz they're green and crooked?
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From:fitfool
Date:March 22nd, 2011 03:50 am (UTC)
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haha...love of bacon knows no bounds. I'm glad I've never had to work so hard to get some bacon though.
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From:fromidansbrain
Date:March 23rd, 2011 02:19 am (UTC)

awesome

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it truly is a harsh continent
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 1st, 2011 01:15 am (UTC)
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Would you have imagined one day that people would go through all this to get bacon?? lol
I really like your video, by the way.