Christmas at the Wrong Pole

Trip Start Sep 09, 2008
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Trip End Feb 16, 2009


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Saturday, December 27, 2008


Aside from that, Christmas was a good time.  My Secret Santa made me a devil tail to match my horned balaclava.  We partied with a new world record-holder (fastest ski journey from the sea to the South Pole... but he walked), then sang an improvised song about him and his frostbite.  Other performances of the night included such vulgar classics as a country rendition of Snoop Dogg's "Gin & Juice," and, perfect for the holidays, "She Left Me for Jesus."

Christmas morning once meant waking up early to see what's under the tree, but our tree is outside and made of various pieces of hardware welded together.  Instead of unwrapping presents, we upheld the longstanding tradition of the Race Around the World.  The three-ish mile route circumvents the geographic pole, covering every time zone and, I guess, going around the world three times.  You could race on foot or ski, but why risk burning off that holiday lard you've worked so hard to pack on?  Several snowdozers and snowmobiles joined the race as well, and I was obliged to hop on one of the sleds.  There's a lot to tell about this race, but I'll leave that to the pictures.

Well, I finally had my White Christmas.
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