1. Find the nearest informational plaque and stand right in front of it. If your siblings can still almost read it, lean on the plaque.
2. Step in front of the interactive touchscreen. Instead of clicking on the “next” screen, drag your finger across the screen and enjoy the cloud that forms behind your finger. Start doing faster and faster loops. Keep doing this until the museum guard asks where your parents are.
3. Sit on the low brick wall placed in front of the preserved section of the underground city wall with your coffee. Let the same guard who spoke to your child come tell you that you cannot sit on the perfect-height-for-sitting wall.
4. Bounce the coin in your hoodie pocket over and over and surprisingly violently, for fun. Accidentally bounce it out of your pocket and let it roll across the suspended walkway you are standing on. Watch as it rolls off the walkway and into the ancient city excavation below. Try to help your dad apologize to the guard in a foreign language. Don’t be surprised if the guard tells you that you are not going to get your coin back.
5. When the museum seems to drag on FOREVER and ever and you are hungry for a snack just drape yourself across your parents. Any bag or backpack they are carrying is actually designed to also be a handhold. Transfer as much of your weight off of your feet and onto their bag. Alternative method–Link your hands up around their arm or shoulder. Hang like a sloth on a tree branch.
6. Get really excited about the arms and armor exhibits. Ignore any suspicious stares from museum guards. Pick your weapons and suits of armor since you are actually living in a Ranger’s Apprentice book. Try to figure out which one looks like a saxe knife. Point at the suits of armor over the railing but neglect to notice the laser beam you are breaking. Pretend you don’t notice the audio alarm that is going off (again). Do this three times. Try not to make eye contact with approaching museum guards.
7. Max perform the audio guide. Make sure you know how to turn it on and off, rapidly. Then see if you can break your record. Continue till it powers down and won’t come back on. Then, give it to your parents.
8. If any of the material seems a bit slow paced, get as far ahead of your family as you can. Go several rooms ahead in the museum. Consider it a challenge.
9. As you tour the underground salt mine, really get into enjoying the salt. Lick your hand, drag it along the mine wall for yards and yards then lick it again. Any wooden beams that are painted white should be similarly enjoyed. Do this as long as possible or until your parents notice.
10. When the guided tour is in the relatively small confines of the king’s bedchamber, strike. Employ a silent, but deadly, attack from your GI system. Take note of others’ faces to see why anyone might be avoiding that area of the room. Prepare your defense ahead of any possible recognition contingency–“whoever smelt it, dealt it.”
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Thanks for a great laugh on a rainy Saturday here in NOVA.
There is a charming Calvin-and-Hobbesness going on here…
Too funny. Love the last photo…2 girls trying to look like they have no idea about which you write, Luke with the “that just happened” pose and Will already moving on to the next activity.
Oh boy!!! That my friend is HI larious!!!!!!!!!
G-parents are loving this!! Keep it coming!! Had to read it twice to be able to read all of it.
Ok…who wrote that??!!!! LOL
Brilliant!!! I especially love the one about transferring weight to your parent’s shoulder bag. My kids do that all the time and it drives me insane. I also loved the visual image of the helmets’ facial expressions and how similar those must have been to yours as the tour progressed.
It’s hilarious the way you wrote this Brent! Your pix are coming thru fine now. We love hearing about your adventures & keeping in touch via your blog!