Hydrothermal Exploration of the Mid-Cayman Rise

Refrigerator Art

Chris German
Jun. 14 2013

When I was little, I remember spending hours listening to my Grandad’s tales of life on the ocean when he was a young man.  I never for a moment thought that I would ever head out to sea.

Can you tell what it is yet? Answers to follow. (PR Forgot to scrawl on the bottom - by Chris, Age 2 and a half (weeks at sea)
Can you tell what it is yet? Answers to follow. (PR Forgot to scrawl on the bottom – by Chris, Age 2 and a half (weeks at sea)

Indeed, I remember by the age of ten or twelve being quite adamant that I wouldn’t.  But I liked his stories anyway.

Fast forward 2 generations and I just heard from home that my grandson Alejandro just took his first visit to the Aquarium in Woods Hole and had a starfish of a time (he’s only 1 so not big enough to be having a whale of a time, just yet).  So now the rest of our family will have to believe me:

He really does take after me.  It’s in the genes, I tell you.

Decision time – 5h until my alarm goes off: sleep or tidy cabin, sleep or tidy cabin?  Decision made: will resolve to plant a tree when I get home in memory of all the post-it notes I aim poised to (deservedly!) receive!
Decision time – 5h until my alarm goes off: sleep or tidy cabin, sleep or tidy cabin? Decision made: will resolve to plant a tree when I get home in memory of all the post-it notes I aim poised to (deservedly!) receive!Chris German

Anyway, since he is channeling his inner oceanographer, all I’m going to do today is channel my inner child and show you the attached drawing I made last night.  [Tomorrow, the rest of the scientsists say they might let me use two different colored crayons ☺].  Seen from the right perspective (i.e., standing on your left leg on a rolling deck with your right hand over your left ear and/or, via the weird and inner workings of my brain) this set of squiggles represents the most compelling evidence I have seen yet this cruise to convince me we might be on the track of something new and undiscovered that may soon be within our grasp.

Time travel perfected (thanks Mike and James).  Here’s the view of my cabin filtered through the appropriate space-time continuum to before work began and my cabin was tidy.  If the di-lithium crystals can hold out and keep the force fields in place until 10am, maybe I’ll get a passing grade at inspection after all ☺
Time travel perfected (thanks Mike and James). Here’s the view of my cabin filtered through the appropriate space-time continuum to before work began and my cabin was tidy. If the di-lithium crystals can hold out and keep the force fields in place until 10am, maybe I’ll get a passing grade at inspection after all ☺Chris German

But I have probably told you that before this trip (and the rest of my science party too) so for now, I will ask you to bear with me.

I could stop and explain to you WHY I think this is important but if I did that then James and Mike might fall asleep at their laptops faster than I can engage with them to program up the final dive of this leg of the cruise.

So for expediency how about each of you just says “How Lovely!”, give me a pat on the head and then print this out and stick it on your refrigerator.

By the way, the other highlight of the day, coming up?  Friday Cabin Inspections!!!!


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