Get the Thing from “The Thing”

Friday, March 7th, 2008
The Thing

It is a tradition to watch “The Thing” on the day the last plane leaves the South Pole. We watch both the original 1951 version and John Carpenter’s 1982 version. I find both of them pretty bad. Bad enough in fact to make watching them enjoyable, if only for the unintended comical moments.

The original version is actually set in the Arctic and there is a female on Station, quite remarkable for the 50s, considering that the Air Force fought tooth and nail to not let any females set foot on Antarctica for a long time. Only in 1969 did the first women arrive at the South Pole. The dialog is as corny as it gets and there are some hilarious quotes (Lt. Ken McPherson: “What if he can read our minds?”, Eddie: “He’ll be real mad when he gets to me.” or the last lines by Ned “Scotty” Scott: “Watch the skies, everywhere! Keep looking. Keep watching the skies!”).

John Carpenter’s version is just a gore fest which unsurprisingly tanked at the box office and didn’t win much favor with the critics in 1982, the same year E.T. was released. It now has a bit of a cult following, as these kind of movies do.

Now to the point of this post: All winter-overs and hardcore fans now have a chance to own The Thing. The original creature prop from the 1982 movie is up for auction on EBay. The bid is at $3549 and I think the Antarctic Program should buy The Thing out of the recreation budget. Imagine all the fun we could have for years to come …

Only 60 Of Us Left

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Station closing came early this year. We were working out at DSL on the afternoon of the 13th when rumors started to make the rounds among the SPT crew that the Station would close early, due to poor weather approaching the Pole. One day can make a huge difference with the tight schedule at the South Pole and a mild panic set in among the beekers.

BICEP was in good shape. Cynthia and I just had to tighten a number of screws that had come lose on the telescope mount. We spent a few hours until 1 in the morning, doing a contortionist act around the telescope, before heading back to the Station for a quick celebration with some of the SPT folks.

Station Closing: Last Flight of the Season
This is goodbye for 9 months Fuelies in action A last wave to the gathered crowd before boarding skier 93.
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Last Flight Video

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

No, I am not going crazy, I just keep finding goodies while I clean up files on my computer. This one is a video I took of the last flight that left South Pole before the Antarctic winter set in, way back in February.

The plane makes a really nice flyby to the cheers of the gathered crowd. Back then we where happy to see the last plane leave. Now we wouldn’t mind actually seeing one land again.