Yesterday I was a little complacent with my dressing. (Meaning I opted for long undies under my JEANS and not the issued wind pants.) I paid for that! The weather turned a little less than optimal early in the morning. Just as a glycol spill was noted. Which meant – we shuttle drivers, who are avid watchers of any pollutants, grabbed a shovel and several plastic bags to clean that up and have it disposed of properly.
The wind was howling – and the windchill was -49. (MINUS 49.) In that instance SHOVELING is the best job as you can stay warmer! No… I didn’t get that one- I had the job of trying to hold a plastic bag down- and open, so the shoveler could put the pink snow into it! I had my black face mask on as this is the type of weather that freezes skin quickly. With my back to the wind, I was bent over for my task. This allowed a certain area of my body to not be fully protected. It took us ONE HOUR to clean up the spots. By that time my thighs and ‘you-know-what’ were extremely cold. (Like almost frozen!) We even took a warm up break inside a running vehicle midway through our task. Today – I have my windpants back on. (insert wise smile.)
The rest of the day I spent as a volunteer taxi driver – so anyone who didn’t want to walk far in the cold, could get a warm ride!
Another C-17 landed last night about supper time. With all the new people needing experience, I didn’t have to work that one. There should be 4 more shuttle drivers from last year arriving on it!
I’m off to check the web to see how the debate went.