Thursday, January 28, 2010

Thumbs Up!

Author: Ariana Tobias
Location: Underway to St. Helena in the Atlantic Ocean
My fourteenth day aboard Argo began with the 00:00-3:00 watch. Watch Team One informed us they had taken down the Fisherman sail, which accounted for the sudden, dramatic increase in rocking from side to side as we moved forward. 'Its amazing how much the Fisherman does for stability," I thought I heard the watch team leader remark.
A nap and some Dramamine later, the day progressed much like the previous days of passage, with lunch, class (Marine Biology and a seminar on scientific writing), showers, and dinner (delicious pesto pastatry saying that five times fast!). Of note, however, was an impressive display of knowledge from Joe Spanier, who correctly named every single line on deck on his first try. Im proud to announce that makes Joe the first member of the 100 Club on Argo Spring 2010! I tried my own luck later in the day, but I still have a few lines to learn.
Before dinner, I asked if anyone had any cryptic codes they wanted to transmit to the folks at home saying all is well out at sea, so Ill do my best to relay those messages here. (My own secret message can be found in the subject line.)
One, four, three
The eagle has landed
No one but Robin Hood could have made that shot
Im watching the stars and I miss you, kitten
The day ended with the appearance of a huge tanker of some sort, who we radioed to ask to steer clear of a three-mile wide radius of us (some of us are still perfecting our helming skills, after all). I also learned that the well-known phrase 'over and out" is actually bad radio etiquette, because 'over" means youre waiting for a reply, and 'out" means youre signing off. Thats just one example of how the teaching never ends here on Argo, and Im excited to continue learning everything I can!

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