Tuesday, 6 January 2009

A new start

I haven't blogged much in the last week or so. Frankly, this was a miserable Christmas and New Year, due to both personal and work reasons. For those that might have concerns about me not commenting on your blog entries or not receiving email, bear with me! I've actually been quite busy and have not had much time to read other blogs.

So, what is the new year bringing? We'll for one thing I will actually be back on the mountain from tomorrow afternoon to carry out a little bit of my own astronomical research - looking for weird and wonderful molecules that may or may not be out there in space. This doesn't happen very often these days as I'm so involved in operations and instrumentation, but it'll definitely make a nice change. What's even nicer, and this is what used to make my job so pleasant, is that I have a couple of observers/collaborators who have never been here before. This will be such an experience for them and I'll do what I can to make it unforgettable. I still remember my first trip to the Big Island, years ago in 1991, and that's when I fell in love with the island.

They've arrived at the perfect time. The bad weather has finally ended and the sun came out over the weekend. The forecast is for good weather at the summit, at least until Saturday and then things look a little dire again, but we should get some decent data by then. I can take them to a couple of good restaurants in Hilo and then stun them with the beauty of Manua Kea while there is still plenty of snow around. They might even get to see people ski in Hawai'i!

So, all in all, something good to look forward to for the beginning of 2009.


Zuzana said...

Tom, sorry to hear that your Holidays have been difficult. Sometimes life doesn't go the way we want.
I hope however that 2009 brings you only good things.;))

Hilary said...

I'm sorry that you've had a rough go of it but hope that this New Year brings only good things your way.

Unknown said...

Going up on the sunday the18 to ski. Wanna come/
Friend of Andrews

Beep said...

I'm sorry to see your Christmas/New Year were not good, but glad to read that you get to do something that you enjoy now via your work. Doing your own research must be wonderful. And I am certain that you are one of the best people to give visitors to the Big Island a wonderful time while they are there! Don't break a leg skiing ;)

Tom said...

All - thanks for the comments, and Dan, sorry I can't join you, I can't ski, but I hope you have a great time! Hopefully there's still enough snow up there on the 18th, the forecast is for another storm to hit by then so there may be a little fresh snow!