Monday, September 17, 2007

Doing The Boy King


So yesterday we journeyed forth into Philadelphia for the once-in-a-lifetime Treasures of Tutankhamun Tour. It was a twice in a lifetime event for me -- I saw it at the Metropolitan Museum of Art back in the late seventies -- but we won't quibble. Enough time had passed for me to awed anew at the collection. We saw this:

And this:

This Viscera Coffinette (who stole my liver!)

And this highly unsettling and creepy recreation:
(The children couldn't believe they gave him Caucasian skin. I was rather taken by the head-shaping. Didn't know they did this in Egypt and leads me to believe this is where all the "aliens built the pyramids" crap comes from)

But alas, we didn't see this:

Or this:


Or this: sigh.

Still, a good day had by all viewing the incredibly intricate jewelry that must've taken months to create, little inlaid chairs and stools used by the king, and a small collection of his personal items: a pocket Senet game, a hand mirror in the shape of an ankh, and a duck-shaped compact case -- even the men wore makeup if they could afford it. And these kids think they're so original, today.

The whole day, I couldn't get this song outta my head. Now my children finally get it, although child number two did say, "Was this funnier when you were little?"

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Anonymous Bev Stephans said...

When the Tut exhibition came around in the 70's, it seemed everyone was jumping on the bandwagon. In a moment of weakness, I bought some Egyptian motif sheets. Not quite Tut but close enough. What happened to those sheets is a whole other story.

September 17, 2007 10:30 AM  
Blogger Renee' said...

Tut-tut Bev! I wanna hear what happened in those sheets, write a book! LOL

Ann, how long is the Tut Tour going to be in Philly? Would my 10 year old son enjoy it? He loved the Titanic Tour when it was in AC. But that tour just pissed me off as it really felt as if I was intruding on the dead.

My youngest son is planning on forcing my tail back to the NJ Aquarium if I don't find something else for him to do. Funny thing is all he likes about that is the ferry boat ride over LOL

We went the the Renaissance Faire recently and we all love that each year. But you just have to hit the wine tasting on your way in... and out! Makes the day even better!

As for the Steve Miller bit, I must be really old as I remember watching that SNL episode when it aired and bought the 45.

Renee'

September 17, 2007 1:07 PM  
Blogger Ann Wesley Hardin said...

Yeah, Bev. Tell us what happened with the sheets!

Renee, the exhibit is their until the end of the month. You can buy tickets and schedule your time online. I think your son would enjoy it -- if only because this might be his only chance to see it and he's certainly old enough to remember it.

The one beef I had is that there's no "show stopper." I wish they could've included at least one of the missing items pictured above. Maybe they cost too much to insure for travel, though. Time to go to Egypt!

As for Steve Martin, I saw this routine live too. LOL. Didn't buy the 45 but I do recall hearing it on the radio regularly. God was that funny.

September 17, 2007 1:31 PM  
Anonymous Bev Stephans said...

"Born in Arizona, raised in Babylonia, King Tut. What a nut!"
That's all I remember from the song.

What happened to the sheets is for my memoirs. Yeah, right!

September 17, 2007 4:28 PM  
Blogger Renee' said...

Maybe I will sit down my rake, quit popping advil/alieve like m&m's, and check out the Tut Tour. It is always great to hit Philly for more than Dave and Busters. A little ancient history won't hurt the boy( I am referring to my husband) My son will love it LOL And besides the blisters on my hands need to heal before I hit the yard from hell again.

The Titanic exhibit had one show stopper for me, though of course there were the other more maudlin ones others prefer. A long wall length, 12 feet high chunk of ice was erected toward the end of the tour. Finger holes were drilled in for each person to slide into. After a matter of only seconds you pulled out feeling as though you were frostbitten. Then a sign explained that as cold as this felt to us, the water that night was far colder (blank degrees). You got a real feel for what the victims and survivors went through in the water. For me that summed things up much more than seeing shoes, letters, and personal effects of the victims.

Thanks for posting this Ann, I don't utilize Philly as much as I should. Having 2 sons so far apart in age, I often forget that my youngest has not seen or done the things my oldest did. Time to revisit Philly.

Bev, how about a preview of those memoirs!

Renee'

September 17, 2007 5:45 PM  
Anonymous Bev Stephans said...

Renee, I will leave the writing to Ann and the reviewing to you (or do you also write?).

September 17, 2007 8:55 PM  
Blogger Renee' said...

Bev, once upon a time in a land far, far away I had a by-line in the Mercury, which is a local newspaper. I did that for ten years before I burned out completely on deadlines, and working doctors hours without the pay. Went back to bartending as I had done during college. I found I enjoyed it much more and got paid better. I miss being in a union though.

Now I only write school exuses, bill payments, and grocery lists.

I would never be able to write a novel as Ann does as my training is for. Just the facts ma'am.

What do you do Bev?

Ann don't mind us, we are bonding LOL

Renee'

September 18, 2007 4:35 AM  
Blogger Ann Wesley Hardin said...

You guys go ahead and talk amongst yourselves. I'll just go clean this bathroom over here, since I got nothin' else to do...

Hey Renee, watch Rocky with him before you go, then he can run up the steps to the Art Museum. Child number two got a kick out of that -- she LOVED Rocky. I hear they reinstalled his statue somewhere in the vicinity. I think in the park across the way.

Another wonderfully fun tour is the Eastern State Penitentiary down the street a bit from the museums in the Fairmount section. It's crumbling and creepy -- Al Capone stayed there and they've kept his luxurious cell intact. Your son would LOVE it. While you're there, eat at the London pub next door (same side of the street). Delicious and underpriced (if you eat off the lunch menu)

< />tour guide advice

September 18, 2007 6:36 AM  
Blogger Renee' said...

Thanks tour guide!

up until just about 5-6 years ago, Philly was a place we went to regularly. I think we got burnt out on it. Like you, some of my favorite places to eat were the hidden treasures. Once we went to a little pub where they dressed in 1776 era clothing.

We have Ice skated, taken the dinner river boat tours, hit the museums, the please touch museum as well, The Franklin Institute, all the historical sites,and done seventh street night life to death. Though I still love Zipperheadand.

I think the night life moved to Manayunk anyway while I wasn't looking.

As for the prison, isn't it the same one that you buy tickets for each year at Halloween for a haunted tour?

Here is a tour guide tip for you. You just have to see Tony and Tina's Wedding. It was one of the best times I have had.

You know what is great about living where we do Ann. We are 2 or so hours from everything. The Poconco's, NYC, Balitmore, DC, Historical sites, The ocean, it is nice being able to take a day trip to anyone of those places.

Renee'

September 18, 2007 3:05 PM  
Anonymous Bev Stephans said...

Renee, I'm retarded...I mean retired! (I think I had it right the 1st time!) I too have worked as a bartender, a waitress, school lunchroom & before I retired managed a dental office. I got sick of teeth and decided I needed more time to read.

The only problem is, I have more time to surf the online bookstores and spend my money. LOL.

I haven't been in Philly in years and I'm not sure why. Maybe it's because I live in the Washington, DC area and have hosted too many sightseers (is that spelled right?). Now I just hand a guidebook and a metro map to the guests and send them on their way.

September 18, 2007 5:13 PM  
Blogger Ann Wesley Hardin said...

I've had all those jobs too, Bev! But my brush with fame before being A Big Author was as a radio weather forecaster. That was a really fun job. All my old friends are on TV now.

Renee, I think they do a Halloween tour. They should if they don't! We went down there for Bastille Day.

Marie Antoinette stood on the battlements and said "let them eat cake" and they shoveled about a million Twinkies over the crowd.

We peasants got to decide whether to behead her or not on a real guillotine. Of course we voted YES. It was cheesy, but very fun. LOL.

I love living here for all the reasons you listed. I go to NYC several times a year, take the girls to the shore etc. We don't go to Philly as much as we should, but when we do, I love it.

September 18, 2007 6:46 PM  

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