Number 35

 

I visited Boston College’s art museum today. The current exhibit at the McMullen Museum of Art is Dura-Europos: Crossroads of Antiquity. Dura-Europos was an ancient city in modern-day Syria. It was settled by Macedonians before Christ, then seized by a few different groups, the last time being in 256 CE. It was totally “sacked” and lay untouched until British troops stumbled upon it in the 1920s. Then the archeaological games began.

It was pretty incredible to look at artifacts that are more than fifteen hundred years old. Jewelry, ceiling tiles, altars, shields and helmets. Beautiful limestone carvings.

The exhibit included photos of the initial digs in the ’20s and ’30s. The idea of an archaeology dig makes me swoon. There’s something so romantic about it. Maybe I should have been an archaeologist. I have a sudden urge to watch The Royal Tenenbaums; Anjelica Huston’s character is an archaeologist, if I recall correctly…

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Skeletons and Stars

A couple of days ago I visited the Warren Anatomical Museum. Gallery. I think it was once a museum…now it’s composed of a few glass cases on a floor of the Harvard Med School library. There are 15,000 items in the collection; unfortunately, only 300 of them are on display. Some of the artifacts are fascinating; some of them are downright creep-tastic. It was cool to see Phineas Gage‘s skull. And interesting to learn about the history of anesthesia. (John Collins Warren, who donated personal artifacts and started the museum, was the first person to use ether anesthesia in a public demonstration of a surgical procedure.) And I learned that the stethoscope was invented by a French doctor who was too embarrassed to directly place his ear on a woman’s chest to listen to her breathing! So he rolled up a bunch of paper and listened to her breathing through the paper tube, and voila!

Looking at amputation kits from the 1800s (and thinking about amputation pre-anesthesia) was creepy. Looking at skeletons of 12-week-old fetuses was kind of creepy. Looking at various body parts that John Collins Warren used as anatomical models hundreds of years ago was creepy. Looking at models of various eye diseases was kind of creepy. This museum is not for people with weak stomachs.

Moving on to stars. Linda, Mary, and I checked out Boston University’s public observatory night last night. It was one of the first warm, clear nights we’ve had in Boston this spring. There were two telescopes set up on a roof of one of BU’s buildings. We saw a couple of stars…Malexor A and B? Malexior? I can’t remember now! They were overshadowed by: Saturn. We saw freakin’ Saturn. It was incredible. I definitely recommend checking it out sometime; it’s every Wednesday night (when the sky is clear). I’d also like to attend Harvard’s observatory night. It takes place once a month, but includes a lecture.

One more mystery item to complete and then I head to Mystic on Tuesday. Thanks to all who participated in this year’s birthday list. 🙂

Four More to Go!

Well, D-day is a week and a half away…and I only have four things left to do. Three are planned, but I have one empty slot. Ideas?

Last night I went to a puppet slam at Puppet Showplace Theatre. It was a good time. I had never been to the theater. I recommend it! Being there made me think of Jim Henson. He passed away 21 years ago this month. WTF!! I think I need to watch the Muppet movies; I haven’t watched them in awhile.

My Cat from Hell

Animal Planet has a new show called My Cat From Hell. This show could have been really helpful about 10 years ago. Olive has mellowed considerably in her old age. In her younger years, she was most definitely from hell. But I love my little devil child.

Devil child

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

When I bought a ticket to a Weezer show at an outdoor venue a few months back, I thought to myself: May 19. It will be a nice spring evening at one of my favorite concert venues (Bank of American Pavilion).

Sadly, I was mistaken. As I listened to the opening act last night, looking at my breath as I exhaled and feeling a mist of rain gently shower me from a sideways angle, I knew it was going to be a long night.

Which it was, but it still rocked my world. I think it’s partly due to the midlife crisis I’ve been stuck in for the past 10 years or so. Weezer’s debut album (and its most popular, I think) came out in 1994. So when you’re at a Weezer concert, and you hear the opening chords of the “Sweater Song,” you and the hundreds of other audience members are turning back the clocks to ’94 in their minds. I was a freshman/sophomore in college without a care in the world! (I realize now.)

Rivers was very endearing, which made the weather more bearable. He flailed around like Kermit the Frog at times. He also engaged with the crowd a lot…and sang “Pork and Beans” with his sweater over his head kind of like a burka.

At one point, someone threw him a towel that he used and then showed the crowd. It was a Bruins playoff towel. The crowd went ballistic. If I ever leave Boston, I will secretly miss the crazy sports fans.

I saw Weezer a few months ago, as well (maybe Rivers has a soft spot for Boston since he went to Harvard), and ever since then, one particular song sometimes gets stuck in my head. It’s a f’in good song.

“The World Has Turned and Left Me Here”

The world has turned and left me here
Just where I was before you appeared
And in your place an empty space
Has filled the void behind my face

I just made love with your sweet memory
One thousand times in my head
You said you loved it more than ever, you said
You remain, turned away
Turning further everyday

The world has turned and left me here
Just where I was before you appeared
And in your place an empty space
Has filled the void behind my face

I talked for hours to your wallet photograph
And you just listened
You laughed enchanted by my intellect
Or maybe you didn’t

You remain, turned away
Turning further everyday

The world has turned and left me here
Just where I was before you appeared
And in your place an empty space
Has filled the void behind my face

You remain, turned away
Turning further everyday

The world has turned and left me here
Just where I was before you appeared
And in your place an empty space
Has filled the void behind my face

The world has turned and left me here (Do you believe what I sing now?)
Just where I was before you appeared (Do you believe what I sing now?)
And in your place an empty space (Do you believe…)
Has filled the void behind my face

Do you believe what I sing now?
Do you believe what I sing now?
Do you believe…?

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