Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Adiós, Archosaurs!

I'm going to preface this post by saying that I am not antisocial- I have a job which often involves interacting with the public, I have friends and acquaintances from a diverse array of backgrounds, who I have met through a diverse array of activities. That being said, I typically prefer to go to museums alone. When you go to a museum with a bunch of people, you spend time figuring out what you want to see, and if you decide to split the party, you spend time figuring out a rendezvous point and you spend time traveling to said rendezvous point. Don't get me wrong, I love to go to museums with people, but when I really want a museum experience, I go alone... this is precisely why I have a membership to the American Museum of Natural History- I have the luxury of attending the museum every single day of its operation, should I wish to go.

Yesterday, I spent a few hours nerding out at the museum. It was the final day of both the Dinosaurs Among Us and the Crocs exhibits. I attended both of these exhibits with friends, and had a great time watching their kids learning about these creatures, but I wanted a solo archosaur immersion for a few hours. Birds and crocodiles are both archosaurs, the birds being the descendants of dinosaurs and the crocodilians being distant cousins. I missed some details of the exhibits in my previous visits, which is precisely why I attend these exhibits multiple times... membership has its benefits, besides being able to waltz past the long general admission lines. I will post addenda to my older posts over the next couple of days.

I would do it tonight, but I'm headed out for bar trivia night... as I wrote, I'm not antisocial.


Nasreen Iqbal said...

Real learning is a solitary activity for me. If I'm around other people for something, that's fine, but the real work is going to get done when I'm alone.

That's just a function of my being an introvert.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

I can flip between being extroverted and being contemplative. As I noted, I love going to museums with a group, but I invariably return by myself- it's the difference between "edutainment" and deep learning.

With the membership, I can have it both ways at no additional cost.

mikey said...

Hey, did I ever tell you about the chunk of Hadrosaur pelvis I have in my sock drawer. Thing is, see, it's got a .375 H&H Magnum soft point boat tail slug embedded in it.

But mikey, you say, that would seem to indicate that...

I KNOW, right?

M. Bouffant said...

It's all dialectic.