Of miners and mistresses

I’m so relieved that the Chilean miners are on their way out!  I can’t imagine what it would be like to be trapped underground for an hour, much less almost 70 days or whatever it’s been.  I can barely tolerate that I don’t have a window in my office (though I was promised nearly six years ago that it wouldn’t be “long” before I got one) — no natural light for months!  Egads.

What do you talk about with the same 32 other people for that long?  I suppose that’s kind of a lot of people, but still.  How many arguments were there?  Did they keep regular sleeping hours?  Eating hours?  Quiet time?  I heard something about one guy was going on up to six mile runs.  How does that work? 

I can’t imagine having someone I love underground for all that time, either.  And I really never imagined that this would be a problem.  Hmm.

And thanks to Aaron for this op-ed on the frustrating Senate race.

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3 Responses to “Of miners and mistresses”


  1. 1 Raoser October 14, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    I know I heard about the guy running too! I don’t understand. I’d be scared of running out of oxygen. Actually I’d have had a heart attack/ panic attack because that would be my worst nightmare.

    The story is beyond amazing and awful and in the end of course, happy. I’m not sure what to say about the mistress issue. I don’t mean to make light of the situation, but boy, I bet that was awkward when they got out.

    Mostly I’m just glad they’re all out safe. I really can’t even imagine.

  2. 2 kateandgracie October 15, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Did you read the part in which the Red Cross worker was talking about how it was a nightmare to try to keep the women separate from each other? I mean, does the Red Cross have training for that sort of thing? I suppose it’s rather obvious what to do, but quite a distraction. Anyway, they’re all out! Phew!

  3. 3 Raoser October 15, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    I know! What? I’m sure the Red Cross workers were thinking “What the what?!”

    I’m glad they’re out… but I can’t help be a little curious about how that ground level drama is sorting itself out now. I mean, do they just act like that didn’t happen?


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