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The Team Faces King Neptune!

12/08/2010, 10:40 PM by Lollie Garay

Dec 8

67°03.3'S, 93°19.3'W

Air temp is -0.9

Winds are 20 kts

Wind chill is -16C

 Well, when last we left the ASPIRE team, they were set to meet King Neptune to face charges of dominion infractions.

This report just in from Chief Tish:

“Oh my, what a day! Pollywogs were gathered up by pirates and assembled in the dining hall and had to eat their lunches with socks on their hands, wearing, shall we say, unusual attire. After a rather challenging lunch with socks on their hands (and only spoons to eat with), the pollywogs were joined by King Neptune and his court including the queen, her child, and the magistrate.

Then the magistrate read the charges of infractions.

 The pollywogs were asked to appease the court with their talent and creativity. And the pollywogs obliged, with several songs including an international version of Jingle Bells (English, Chinese, German, Swedish, etc.) and a very creative Twelve Days of Christmas.

Alas, the court was not appeased and the pollywogs were forced to run a gauntlet of various wet and slimy things before they were again presented to the court for a final kissing of the ring and a photo with the penguin. Little did they know that the photo would be followed by a rather chilly surprise!!

In the end, everyone headed for a hot shower and a load or two of laundry. After dinner they received their certificates and new name - renamed for an Antarctic animal such as "Snow Petrel" or "Chinstrap Penguin."

Good fun was had by all and the team grew stronger yet.”

Whew…glad to hear that went well! Enjoy the photos ☺

The ship is in the ICE now!

More soon, Lollie

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