Monday, May 05, 2008

MO FOG, MO PROBLEMS!

It's been foggy, for about 6 days now. To many, fog is just part of the atmosphere of a rainy day. To a fly in community it means total and utter isolation. Planes just don't land when it's foggy, and if the planes don't land, nothing comes and nothing leaves. That means that last weeks food mail is 6 days late, and may arrive with this weeks food mail. This also means that last weeks food mail will be squishy and 50% unusable. And let me assure you my standard of fresh has dropped significantly living north. I will eat a red pepper, even if it's squishy.

Food Mail coming in wouldn't be an issue, but the stores as it is are running low, waiting for the next sealift in July. We just went 2 weeks without a single bag of chips in town, there are also only 3 kinds of pop to choose from now, coke, diet coke and pepsi. I know pop and chips shouldn't be of any culinary concern, but sometimes I just want a bag of chips. The stores will generally fly in fresh produce, but even with my lowered standards, it's less then desirable after spending a few weeks on the shelf. You know you have a problem when every time you see someone eating a piece of fresh fruit or vegetables on T.V. you cry a little. And watching Chef Gordan Ramsey is just INTOLERABLE, all those deliciouses things I can't have. If he says you have to use FRESH produce one more time, I might die. It's a box of Hamburger helper for us tonight. MMMmm Boxed dinner with freezer burnt ground beef. No vegetables.

The other major problem with FOG (Frustrating Obnoxious Gas) is that if you want to get out, your screwed, and if you want to get in, your screwed. My friend Christina just spent a nail biting couple of days trying to get out on her vacation. Every day she would wake up and wonder if today was the day. It wasn't. If it wasn't claustrophobic enough being stuck here, it totally messed up every other connecting flight. One day the plans were flying to Iqaluit, spending the night, flying to Ottawa, spending the night. She would supposedly make it home on the 3rd day. That of course all changed, when once again she was fogged in. By the way don't make reservations with Hotels in Iqaluit! You may think your are smart planning ahead, but as Christina found out, having to cancel a room reservation she made only hours before, that you CAN NOT cancel within 24 hours! She was going to have to pay FULL room charges whilst sleeping at home in her own bed. DO NOT MAKE RESERVATIONS, just show up. Save yourself some money. She ended up however, after many phone calls fixing the situation.

Christina finally made it out Saturday on a tiny passenger plane that snuck in, it must have fooled the fog machine for a couple of hours. However we are back to hard core fog again and my sister is supposed to be coming up next Monday and somebody gonna get hurt if this fog doesn't clear up! Also, oh ultimate universe, I would like my food mail, so if you could be so kind and blow this poopy fog away that would be great, thanks.

11 comments:

Kennie said...

We feel your pain Jen! Last month was HORRIBLE for getting in and out of Arctic Bay. Food mail was backed up, mail is pilled up (and lost in Iqaluit too).. and the airport was jammed packed with anxious flyers wondering if they were going to get out or not.

So far May is looking up .... hope June is good too (for all of us south bound summer travelers).

Hope your "fresh produce" food mail arrives soon

Rob, Tina and the boys said...

Oh that's just icky (no pun intended). :)

In Iqaluit said...

So have you saddled your sister with a huge shopping list of southern goods?

c'est moi said...

I learned my first year to stockpile frozen and canned for just such an eventuality; I still haven't learned how to like my veggies that way, but at least I have them for the kids.

KOTN said...

"watching Chef Gordan Ramsey is just INTOLERABLE"

But he could teach you some new words to show your frustration.... yes, I watch Food Network.

Aida said...

oh gosh, tell me about it. i am getting nervous with our upcoming trip out this weekend!

Kiggavik said...

Where are you Jen? You haven't posted in a week?

Julie said...

Ya Jen!!! update me on your life already!!!! :(

Indigo said...

okay, so lots of fog and then your company and now its spring. Thanks enough excuses. We miss you. Loyal readers are waiting with bated breath, not dog breath, no p...... breath, but expectant barely audible panting type breath that preceeds slobbering and whining............

Julie said...

Jen just post a fun photos! :) you told me last night you had them! Post them! lol Even though I talked to you I still miss you blog and need a post fill, or I might go crazy. I check gmail, Facebook, and you. It's like a routine and when nothing is going on with all 3 i get very sad and bored, lol.

Anonymous said...

What about dropping pop and chips from parachutes. Too bad Drew Sherwood cannot drive a truck on an ice road to bring them to you.

I have no brand loyalty with soda. I only pick whatever is cheaper.