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Lunch in the Field

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Today’s guest blogger is Max Sudnovsky. Max is currently prepping for his Halloween role of Super Mario. Separated at birth?

Nothing gets a Marine Debris Specialist more excited than finding a huge net. Well maybe one thing… lunch. The action starts early around 6am where you’ll see the usual suspects, Jim & Andrew. These guys can eat. As soon as the lunch supplies appear in the forward mess these guys are packing their team’s coolers full of the finest meats and cheeses available on the Sette.

The main building blocks of the marine debris lunch consist of white or wheat bread. The lunchmeats, mostly turkey or ham but occasionally you’ll have some choice salami. And then there’s the cheese. Ohhh the cheese; the American cheese seems to be the least favorite, resembling yellow plastic. The most popular? Havarti dill. Every now and then you’ll have the provolone or the equally delicious slab of Muenster. After Jim & Andrew get through packing their feasts you can round out the lunch with a few other accoutrements. The variety of chips is essential: Fritos, Doritos, Lays, Sun Chips, and last but not least the Cheetos. Also present every day are the apples, oranges, bananas, granola bars, and of course the peanut butter and jelly. For the vegetarians, lettuce, tomato, and cucumbers. When we’re lucky we’ll have a few guest appearances: banana bread, Jell-O jigglers, Nutella, and the irresistible Oreos. To quench our thirst? Gatorade, that’s what Marine Debris Specialists crave; it has electrolytes.

Everyone has their own way of spicing up their lunch. For example Andrew adds an obscene amount of mayonnaise. Marie enjoys about 7 to 10 peanut butter packets. Derek enjoys his oats covered with ice. For Jeff it’s the peanut butter and mustard mix. Kyle’s favorite, the soggy sandwich. The Marine Debris Special? A sandwich stuffed with your choice of chips.


Andrew and Max demonstrate two varieties of
the Marine Debris Specialist sandwich.

Lunchtime in the field provides that small break in the day that gives you enough energy and motivation to keep working your butt off. Time to make fun of your colleagues, talk about the ridiculous dreams you had the night before, and discuss how excited you are to get back on board and see what’s for dinner.


Guy, “Kabuki” Kaylyn, and Andrew kick back and
dream about dinner and the prospect of three varieties of pie…

Author: NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts, users, and inhabitants free from the impacts of marine debris. Our mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our nation's marine environment, natural resources, industries, economy, and people.

One thought on “Lunch in the Field

  1. Being a supermodel is tough work. We don’t eat much but lots of Dill and Havarti Cheeses. It is great at first until you get the dill stuck in your teeth.

    On related note, I think Max is simply dreamy! I want to comb my fingers through his flowing mustache. And that hat sets off his eyes like the setting sun sets off clouds.

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