My idea of a good time is frequently a little different from other peoples'. For example, I love museums, but not art or science museums; I usually find those boring. My favorite museums are those that feature ancient Egyptian artifacts, especially mummies... in other words, dead people. REALLY OLD dead people.
When I was getting my Master's degree, I did an internship with the interim curator at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum (REM) in San Jose, CA. For 300 hours over a four-month period I worked at the museum doing various things such as painting props for the artifacts, dismantling and assembling temporary exhibits, cleaning nose prints and fingerprints off the display cases, researching the best type of vacuum cleaner to clean said cases, testing the acquired vacuum cleaner on said cases, directing visitors, answering questions, moving pillars from one gallery to another, and moving individual artifact files from the old computer system to the new one. And I got to spend a fair amount of time with the mummies. It was the best job I've ever had in my life, which is why I've been trying to get a job in a museum since I graduated. But I digress...
Today was my second time hosting a tour of the REM for the South Bay Goth Meetup group. Last year, we had about eight people sign up, but only three actually showed up, including me. So it was a rather small, intimate tour, to say the least.
This year, eleven people RSVPed that they were coming, and with the guests that they said they were bringing it came to a total of 20 people on the list. If everyone showed up, I knew I would feel sorry for the other museum guests, as we would be taking up quite a bit of room in the smaller galleries. Well, I reasoned, at least I knew we'd be quieter than the classes of school children that are usually there!
Well, turns out everyone did NOT show up. On Saturday night, two cancelled. By the time I left for the museum on Sunday morning, we were down to 13 people. When Wendy showed up with her cell phone, we found cancellations from five more, and two ended up being no-shows, so the final head count turned out to be only six. Whew...
I'm happy to report that we had an absolute blast! Apparently I'm a reasonably good tour guide, because they kept asking me to continue, even when I was finished with what I'd planned to say in each gallery. When we finally got to the end, we'd been there for about 3.5 hours!!! We'd missed lunch long before, and my feet were absolutely dying, but other than that, it was awesome. :-) And we spent quite a bit of time afterwards discussing ideas for more events, including a tour of the fantastic Winchester Mystery House! But that will be another post.
For those of you who would like to 'visit' the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and see some of their artifacts via the web, here is their website: http://www.egyptianmuseum.org/