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Monday, November 22, 2004

The Aftermath 


While many Antarcticans are presently enjoying the thrill and excitement of a new and promising summer season, a horde of spent winterovers are slinking back into society, meandering through the Botanical Gardens, basking on Fijian beaches, or spending thousands on gambling, booze, and strippers.

Forty-eight hours off the plane, as four unnamed Polees on surprisingly legal pills with a case of Heineken sat huffing nitrous oxide in an all-night head shop below a brothel, one of the gentleman relayed how he had not been off the plane for 24 hours before having a run-in with the Christchurch police. Walking down some questionable boulevard in the small hours, he was called over by four Maori blokes and invited to join them for beers on the street corner which, a short time later, the police arrived to take exception with. (Apparently, public drinking within "The Four Avenues" has in recent years become an infraction.) Fresh from a polar jail and now facing a clink more temperate, our hero explained to the Kiwi cops that he had only just arrived from a winter at the South Pole, and didn't know that this particular area was an alcohol-free zone.

Letting the South Pole adventurer off with merely a warning, the curious police asked "How cold is it down there?" as they arrested the other men and piled them in the back of the cop car.

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