August 12, 2006
As they say, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." In order to provide a healthy and happy environment for the Canadian Coast Guard members and supernumeraries, the Louis is furnished with several recreational areas. These include a full gymnasium with stationary bicycles, treadmills, weight machine, ping pong table, and sauna; a small library with reading materials and public use computers; and a forward lounge with comfortable sofas, big screen television for movies, and a small bar that serves beverages (including alcohol) between 8 and 10 PM every night. The bar is well regulated according to the Captain's standing orders, so that no one gets out of hand.
"Meet and greet" night is a particularly special night in the forward lounge because the galley department has prepared a delicious spread of appetizers including chicken wings, smoked salmon, cheeses, vegetables and dip, which ensures that the event is well attended by nearly everyone on board (except for those who are on watch). It is a great time for us scientists to meet and speak with other members of the crew who we do not normally interact directly with, and vice versa. On this night, all gathered are treated to a special music presentation by the Captain Andrew McNeill, Chief Engineer Donald Stortts, and Electrician Joe Lucas. Everyone is encouraged to sing along, and an enjoyable evening is had by all.