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Germany has some of the roughest toilet paper I have ever encountered in my life. This probably says more about German work culture than I possibly could in a thousand words.

The last two mornings, I went for a run along the river. It's actually really nice, since Bremen has apparently borrowed some weather from England. So it's not to cold, and once I get moving it's plenty warm. I just decided to take this morning off, not so much out of pity for the whining of my quads, but because something I ate yesterday has disagreed with me a bit and I didn't sleep all that well last night.

After two days, the task we've got ahead of us still seems daunting, but at least doable. We almost hit our processing goal yesterday... I think we might have come in a meter or two short because the crew running the color reflectance machine got behind during lunch when they were short staffed. And that machine sets the pace for everyone else, since it's got a very set, very slow speed that it goes. So it should be up to full speed today and we'll see how much core we get done.

I've been on core description the whole time. It's still really mickey mouse description, since we can't really spend more than like 10 minutes looking at a single run of core. But it's nice to see what the stuff looks like for real before moving over to have nothing but the high resolution scans. I've also been doing most of the data entry for the description since I can just kind of fly through it. Generally, it's a fun job. Our fresh cores look a lot different from the ones I've described in class before, probably because they're wet. So if nothing else, that means all the mudstones that have been broken up into hockey pucks by drilling have been glued back together into a semi-solid mass by their swelling clays and a bit of drilling fluid, which gives the whole thing a very misleading texture.

The core we're doing (the first Basin Substation one) is also probably where we'll see the biggest learning curve for the drillers. I'm curious to see if the muds are less chewed up when we get to the later cores, or if it's all just the nature of the beast since drilling and transport it just kind of rough on less resistant rocks. It's also the most drab, boring-looking of the cores... just lots and lots of brown and dark gray muds, with one lonely little red bed to break up the action. The cores from the other sites will probably look a lot more interesting.

Mostly, I'm still having a hard time grasping that I'll be doing this for another 16 days. That's the part that seems really daunting.

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