Friday, May 30, 2008

Playing hooky

Wanna know what I'm doing today?

Well, the title of this post is only a half-truth. I am going to work in the morning. Then my handsome husband is picking me up at 12:30 to take me out to lunch. Or maybe I'll take him out, since it's my payday. And I have a coupon.

THEN we have two tickets to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to go see this:

It is the LARGEST collection of Gold ever. In one place. At one time. EVER.

The collection includes the Tom's Baby, which is the largest single mass of crystalline gold ever found in Colorado. It is 13.5 pounds. Tee hee!!

“In this exhibit, you’ll have the rare opportunity to see in one glance the gold that led to the birth of the American West, that inspired the myth of El Dorado, that defined Africa’s Gold Coast, and that made Tiffany & Co. the embodiment of elegance,” said Dr. Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh, curator of anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. “Gold uniquely crosses the boundaries of time to reveal the essence of the human experience and the depth of human nature. It caused the rise and fall of empires. It is the adornment for ancient kings and modern hip-hop stars. It is a holy offering, and it is everyday jewelry.”
The exhibit also includes 400 coins and gold bars. And if that weren't enough, there is a 300 square foot room with its walls and ceiling completely covered in just three ounces of gold, flattened to exquisite thinness.

“Throughout human history, gold has been synonymous with wealth, beauty, and status,” said Colwell-Chanthaphonh. “Through its natural essences of malleability and brightness, gold has been worked to the heights of artistic achievement. Through its perceived power and economic value, gold has brought on wars and environmental degradation. Gold lays bare the consequences of human desire in all its aspects.”

There's even a scale to tell you what your weight in gold really is. Well, let's just say I am prolly worth A LOT in GOLD! And I am proud of it!

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