Thursday, January 22, 2009

Two Years Ago Today: View from a Coreshed

View from a coreshed in Finland north of the Arctic Circle. A strange building, as seen through the window of a large warehouse-like building.
Shadows of trees cast against concrete by the rising sun.
The trees. The time was 11:58 am local (Finnish) time, just before lunch, just after sunrise. It was often very cold - doesn't it look cold? - and I considered it warm at 0 degrees F (-17 degrees C).

The coreshed in question was poorly heated, for the most part; that is, it was heated to about 55 degrees F (12 degrees C). I wore long johns, regular pants, insulated ski pants over them, and as many jackets as needed, which varied through the day. Because of the cool indoor temps, it was a bit easier to adapt to going outside than had the place been overheated. One had to go outside - into the dark, into the snow, into the cold - in order to get to the Sea-can that held the brrr-ey cold bathroom, the slightly warmer lunch room, and the exceptionally strong, hot coffee. Coffee breaks were common and, IMO, necessary.

2 comments:

Perry said...

Wow. I just figured out what IMO stands for. And those are some fabulous pics!

Silver Fox said...

Thanks, Perry! And then there's imho. I had to google all those things when I started reading blogs - and still have to google stuff like that.