A language-learner’s lament

Last time I tried to learn a language, we used card catalogs in the library, phones had a cord, and Kurt Cobain was alive.┬áTo study Spanish almost required taking a class (though I suppose learning by book or cassette tape were options). My classroom learning in the early nineties was mostly worksheets, and lots of…

That time I incinerated chemical weapons for a living* (*Almost)

You work in Antarctica, and you meet all sorts of people with all sorts of crazy jobs. And the craziest of them all, and the one that I actually interviewed for and was offered, was working on Johnston Atoll, incinerating chemical weapons. I’m sorry, what? You might say. Where? All great questions.