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"Silly critic, American Idiot is for kids."
As I was driving Skylar down to the U of As "Awards of Distinction" ceremony last night, she regaled me with tales of her field trip to the International Wildlife Museum. Her mother, who accompanied her, has already written about the experience and also put a few of Bean's photographic experiments up for your viewing pleasure. Clearly, the girl was not upset by seeing all those stuffed animals -- though she may have retroactive concerns that will surface later -- and had a great time overall. In the car, though, she confessed that not everything had been to her liking. The boys from her class who rode along with her and her best friend in the latter's family minivan were a bit unruly, apparently. One of them borrowed her camera and took too long to give it back. But their gravest offense, to quote Skylar was, "singing Green Day songs."

Given my acute interest in all things vaguely related to punk, I pressed her on this point. "They use a lot of bad words in their songs." I asked her where she'd heard of the band in the first place. "Oh, they sing Green Day all the time at school to annoy the girls. When we're trying to work they start that one about the lonely road. And then we have to sing our songs to get back at them. Then nobody can get anything done." I explained to her that I owned a Green Day album and that members of the band came from a town very near to where we used to live in California. Then I mentioned the ironically lamented Rod's Hickory Pit in V-Town, where the singer's mother used to work. "Can you sing the lonely road song then, dad?" I had to confess that I couldn't. But I suspect I'll be finding the song for her one of these days. It's good to stay abreast of what those unruly boys are into.

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_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: April 19th, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
not upset by seeing all those stuffed animals -- though she may have retroactive concerns that will surface later -

If she does, be sure to explain to her that they use no animals which had been hunted there. They are the educational arm of the Safari Club International Foundation for pete's sake and their biggest aim is wildlife conservation.

That being said, I love that place and always fall into a half nap on those lovely red couches in the comparative species room, listening to the great drum music, while Jet plays on the computer.

Jet's all into wildlife conservation and always has been (a result, I think, of his having always watched shows along the lines of crocodile hunter and jeff corwin instead of tellatubbies or whatever (which he has never even seen)) and half of his charitable donations go to the Wildlife Museum (with the other half going to the zoo).

We love that place.
kdotdammit From: kdotdammit Date: April 19th, 2006 05:35 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I actually really liked it there and now list it as a place to go in summer to get out of the heat. And me and Bean totally loved the red sofa large dead animal room. We'll go back soon (when it's HOT and we need a break from the heat which will be in like two days or something.)
_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: April 19th, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I find it so *serene*. Might be different on a class field trip, but in general there is never anybody there. It's one of our favorite "too hot to do anything" places, too. It's just so serene and always empty and cool (temperature) and just...

I SO want those sofas. Jet and I love that room, too, it's our favorite. One because it's just interesting-freaky -- the weird differences between what seems a pretty 'standard' feature (antlers/horns) -- and because, of course, of the music.

The touching-feeling "guess whose poop or fur this is" is our second favorite.

Their movies are good, too, which I don't know if you guys got time to enjoy on a class field trip.
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