As for the loss of the "sense of wonder and awe" due to ageing, that becomes more apparent as grandkids arrive. Did I hear you say: OMG.... How can that be??? Surely, Cheryl P. isn't old enough to have grandchildren??? I can see where you would be confused...inexplicable, really....but back to topic..
As an adult, it seems that the ante keeps going up on the levels that it takes to cause us to become speechless. (well...for me personally, I am not sure that level has ever been reached... but hope springs eternal)
Thought #1....A Place that is worthy of a lot of WOWs, AWESOMEs, and OMGs
Last week hubby and I made an unscheduled trip to the Chicago area as we learned of a family member's passing. While there, we decided to go to the Museum of Science and Industry. I am a real GEEK when it comes to museums and as museums go, this one is a really AWESOME one.
Sidebar: A little blurb about the museum, if you aren't familiar.
The Museum of Science and Industry is located in Chicago, Illinois, USA in Jackson Park, in the Hyde Park neighborhood adjacent to Lake Michigan. It is housed in the former Palace of Fine Arts from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. It first opened in 1933 during the Century of Progress Exposition. It is also the largest science museum in the western hemisphere.
Among its diverse and expansive exhibits, the Museum features a working coal mine, a German submarine (U-505) captured during World War II, a 3,500-square-foot model railroad, the first diesel-powered streamlined stainless-steel passenger train (Pioneer Zephyr), and the Apollo 8 spacecraft which flew the first humans to the Moon.
It had been years since I was last there and as with all things, there was a disconnect between how I remember it and how it is. Some of this disconnect is that the museum has changed and updated but part of it is in the 30 or so years that have passed, what it takes to WOW me.
As a girl, I remember walking into the building and all but peeing down my leg,(yes, I was a strange little girl) with the excitement of the planes hanging from cables from the ceiling. Real planes...in a building...just hanging there...OMG! As an adult, I find that still pretty neat but not to the level of peeing on myself...see, I have matured.
Thought #2...Worthy contenders for WOW.
|The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL|
We happened to have a young guide that took elaborate pains to tell us how awful the bituminous coal coming out of Illinois mines is. Seems that the crappy coal that comes from the 8th largest coal producing state in America is so unhealthily that nearly all of it is shipped to other countries. HUH???
Another exhibit worthy of a couple of, NO WAYs and few Oh, SH**s, is the German Sub, U505, that was captured in 1944 and is the only type IXC sub still in existence.
Colleen Moore's Fairy Castle. Colleen Moore was a silent film star in the 1920s who had a love of doll houses and miniatures. She started building a her Fairy Castle in 1928 and by 1935 with the help of over 700 artists and an estimated cost of $500,000 created a doll house that was indeed worthy of a princess. The details of the castle are amazing...running water, electricity, priceless works of art and jewels,...even the pans in the kitchen are forged copper. AMAZING!!
And the last one, I am going to talk about for today, is the OmniMax theatre production of:
|The film was filmed in Kansas and Oklahoma|
|You remember that I live in Kansas, right????|
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