Posted by episode81 on September 22, 2009
Last week, I had a disappointment and an exciting moment. I visited the de Young in San Francisco to see the King Tut Exhibit. I had lunch in the cafe.
Lunch was awesome. The food was good and the service friendly. We sat outside in the plastic tent. It had rained heavily the night before, and it was threatening again, but it was warm and there was a good view of the sculpture garden.
Then I noticed the roof. There were huge puddles of water on the roof. As the roof was plastic, the puddles dangled overhead looking fit to burst at any moment! While I sat there eating my lunch I fantasized about constructing a large poking stick to pierce the largest bubble, so that I could pop it without getting soaked. It reminded me of the Friends episode about the Ugly Naked Guy and the giant poking device. That was a great episode – check out the script. One of the best 🙂
Joey: All right now remember, something this big and long is going to be difficult to maneuver, fortunately I have a lot of experience in that area. Ross: Can we please focus here, a naked man’s life hangs in the balance! Phoebe: I’m telling you he’s dead. What we are about to have here is a dead fat guy on a stick. Joey: All right, ladies and gentlemen, let’s poke. (they start to advance the giant poking device) Steady. Steady. Okay, a little higher. Careful of the angle. Okay, okay, we’re approaching the window (as he says this the camera cuts to their view of Ugly Naked Guy, so that we actually see him!) Thread the needle. Thread the needle. (They thread the needle and start poking him, he then stirs.) Phoebe: He’s alive! He’s a-live!!! Monica: And yet, we’re still poking him. Joey: Okay, retract the device, retract the device. Ross: He does not look happy. Rachel: Hey-hey, now he’s showing us his poking device. Joey: Hey, that’s never gonna make it all the way over here, buddy!
Anywho, I digress …
The disappointment was with the King Tut exhibit. It is advertised as “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs”. Well, it’s all Golden Age and not much Tut – most of the exhibit is not from King Tut’s tomb, but from others. The actual Tut stuff is sparsely spread through the last four rooms and is frankly disappointing. I went to the King Tut exhibit at the British Museum back in the day. All Tut, all the time. The de Young? Not so much.