I think that’s absolutely lovely, dear. It’s an adventure!

Can’t you go there for a visit first, to make sure that you like it?

What’s Dad going to say? Hey — I’m not going to tell him.

But… but… you’re such a girly-girl. Not that you’re not capable, it’s just well, isn’t it really rough down there?

Really? Good luck!

If I was single, I’d do the exact same thing.

Is this because of your divorce?

So? I never stopped you from reaching for your dreams. I never restrained you in any way. I was always totally understanding! That can’t be why you don’t want to get back together with me.

I did that three years running, and I didn’t get accepted. Still hoping to get down there for research, though.

That is so cool!

Why do you want to go? Because it’s there? I knew you were going to say that. That’s so American of you.

Why don’t you go to Southeast Asia instead? They’ve got culture there. You know, this weekend, me and my wife are going to a free Ray Charles concert on the town Green with my in-laws — this is what we do now that we own a house and the bathroom totally needs to be retiled — anyway, you won’t be able to do that kind of thing in Antarctica.

Have you heard back from them yet?