This has been a busy Memorial Day weekend.
I will look back on it in a few months and remember the sun; the laughter; the music; a young Egyptian king with a gold fetish; and our friends.
It all started in downtown Seattle at the brand-new King Tut exhibit. We were lucky to get tickets. This is the hottest show in town. It is supposed to focus on the great Egyptian Pharaohs, and young King Tutankhamun. For months, I have heard people mention "King Tut." -- "King Tut is coming to Seattle in the spring!"
Wait. "King... Tut????" It is "King T.u.t.a.n.k.h.a.m.u.n." to you, ladies and gentlemen!
Ah, the infamous American informality...
On Saturday, the exhibit was crowded. The first half was devoted to Egyptian artifacts and included informative placards about the great Pharaohs. We saw a lot of this...
All excellent. But what everyone really came to see was "King Tut," a young king who died mysteriously at the age of 19, was hurriedly buried and almost fell off Egyptian history books until his tomb and remains were discovered by Englishman Howard Carter in 1922.
Even though most people could name at least a couple of Egyptian pharaohs or queens, "King Tut" stands apart as a shining star in American popular culture.
After all, actor/writer/producer/musician Steve Martin famously mentioned the young king during a SNL show in the late 1970s. Have you heard the [silly] song?
As we were plowing our way through the crowd and strollers, waiting patiently for other visitors to move on so we could get closer to the displays, anticipation grew: Where was "King Tut's" den? His mummy and sarcophagus? His treasures? The rooms were getting darker. On the wall, giant screens showed old black and white photos of the original Carter expedition, as Harrison Ford's deep voice created the perfect atmosphere, evoking mythical adventures and long lost treasures. Finally, the time had come as Indiana announced, in his most melodramatic voice:
|(gratuitous Indiana Jones shot-- just because!)|
|No need for a pedi or mani - ever again!|
|King Tut's favorite flip flops|
|King Tut key ring... sure to make an impression|
|When in Rome...|
King Tut baseball
|Perfect headgear for Seattle's wet weather...|
|Not your average erasers...|
|Two fedoras in the hamster wheel!|
|I have solved the mystery surrounding King Tut's death:|
He ate too many fried Nutella sandwiches!!!
American Frog photography and
French Girl in Seattle.
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