I cannot resist repeating this email. It is an irresistible call to mining duty. If only I were younger or less committed to family & work—I would do it immediately. This is the email I received today:
Good afternoon gentlemen: This email may be a little out of the ordinary, but we are looking for mining industry experts with vivacious personalities to join our current cast of Ice Cold Gold, the #1 show on Animal Planet. We are specifically searching for a Geologist, a Dredger, a Jewel expert, a Mountaineer Field Guide and a “Rookie” Miner. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone that you think may be interested or even print our Casting Flyer and post it in your break room! A copy of our press release is attached as well. Thanks in advance for your assistance. All of my contact information is listed in my signature below. Jessie Davis, Casting Associate Metal Flowers Media, LLC Stop and smell the reality.
Then I took a look at the email attachment. It gives those details that make me want to drop all normal duties and go to Greenland. Afterall they forgot to include a civil engineer who knows something of mine waste management–like waste rock, tailings, and heap leach pad construction, operation, and closure in cold climates. Here is what the attachment says about this irresistible opportunity:
ICE COLD GOLD spotlights a spirited team of miners who are among the first Americans to prospect for precious metals and gems in parts of Greenland where humans never have set foot before!
The series follows men who leave behind their families, friends and homeland to strike it rich against all odds while struggling to survive against the harshest of conditions.
You’ve watched from home for the past two seasons and now is your chance to dig for the gold! We are seeking the most experienced geologists, miners, dredgers, jewelers, loggers, truckers, contractors, and shippers from across the country to join the cast for Season 3! Cast members will travel to Greenland for 3 months for what is sure to be an incredible life-changing experience.
If you have what it takes, are confident in your skills and abilities and have the balls to weather the storm, we want to hear from you!
But do I have the balls? I have spent time at mines in the far north of Canada where is gets to minus forty. I know that with the right clothes this is fun and beautiful. But three months? A bit long. But the opportunity? Which three months do they propose? I could persuade myself as a 67-year old to do it. But what do they pay? Can I take big bottles of brandy with me? I must find out. Just think of the blogging opportunities!
If you decide to apply and go, let me know.