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This is just too wierd for my taste

Raytheon sucks the fun out of the Antarctic

The evening of jelly wrestling at McMurdo Base was uncovered the following day by a high-powered delegation from the United States Office of the Inspector General, which audits the National Science Foundation – funder of the programme.

The organiser of last month’s jelly wrestling, which was held in a vehicle maintenance facility and attended by New Zealanders from neighbouring Scott Base, was sacked the following week.

The incident also led to an urgent all-staff meeting where the US Antarctic Programme workers were read the riot act and given a stern lecture on their collective moral failure, with other activities involving nudity cited as further examples.

Who says work can’t be fun? Raytheon says it. And if you know anything about what they do, then I would just nod and agree with them.

The incident has highlighted the culture clash between the Raytheon Polar managers, many of whom are ex-military, and the staff, who may have been working on the ice for many years and do it out of commitment to the programme.

Another staff member, who has done five stints at McMurdo, said all the fun was being sucked out of working in the Antarctic.

That last bit is pure gold. You really can’t make shit like this up. The part that confuses me is the fact that ex-military types aren’t encouraging a work hard, play hard environment. That’s pretty much the law of the land for the military. Especially when you stick a bunch of wierdos on a block of ice that has wacky daylight hours for six months.

Last year I applied for a job at this location with Raytheon – one that I’m quite qualified to perform – and ignored their request for a phone interview because I had gotten into school already. It almost makes me sad to find out that I could have been going to naked jell-o wrestling and running across polar ice caps in the nude for six months instead.

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Daniel
Daniel

At the time -and even still -my education holds precedent over money. I'm just pissed I missed out on the shenanigans.

CLAY
CLAY

Jell-o wrestling?--and you're going to school?! What a shame...this was a great post, Hats off on this one Daniel.