Last weekend’s Dinosaur Day celebrations were a resounding success! They were somewhat more…aggressively educational, shall we say, than most past Dinosaur Days. Everyone got a commemorative button:
I keep my button on my desk, as a reminder that every day I need to LEARN ABOUT DINOSAURS. Wasting time on the internet? Why are you doing that when you need to go and LEARN ABOUT DINOSAURS? Working on your dissertation? Isn’t it about time you LEARNED ABOUT DINOSAURS instead? They had different LEARN ABOUT DINOSAURS available buttons with all kinds of different dinosaurs on them, including one with a brontosaurus, which, in retrospect, I obviously should have picked instead, because it wins the Most Ironic Dinosaur Pedagogy Button award. As we all learned, from a shocking expose that I wrote for science class in the 2nd grade, now corroborated by the wikipedia, the brontosaurus is not actually a scientifically recognized thing. Could it be that someone needs to LEARN ABOUT DINOSAURS?
But I digress.
We left West Hollywood at high noon, and headed to our first stop, The Donut Man in Glendora, for the customary Dinosaur Day strawberry donuts. We also picked up some bavarian creams and apple fritters for later. It is important to have lots of provisions on Dinosaur Day, because one never knows where one will end up. (Usually, one ends up in the desert, wondering whose genius idea it was to do Dinosaur Day in the middle of the summer, again.)
From there it was a skip and a jump Eastward to the untamed wilds of Riverside, California, where, apart from a boy scout troop, we were the only visitors at the Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center. The place is a garden center meets a geology museum meets a huge gift shop housed in a barn, where everything dollar (in addition to our souvenir buttons, some of us may or may not have purchased some fossilized dinosaur poop labelled ”endangered feces”); with a collection of dinosaur eggs and weird dinosaur statues lurking in unexpected places. Think of a small local museum that you may have gone to on a class trip in the early 1990s, with lots of dusty taxidermied animals behind glass cases, and some charmingly homemade-looking displays (it is possible this experience is unique to those of us who grew up in Bruce County and spent more than one field trip at the Bruce County Museum), replace those animals with some rocks and fossils, and you’ve got a pretty good idea of the place. Basically, it was perfect. And, unlike at the creationist museum we visited on the inaugural dinosaur day, we actual learned some real science! Plus the dinosaur statues were really great.
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And then we went for carnitas at that taco stand with the velociraptor on the roof (“over five zillion sold”), and returned home for a celebratory screening of that well-known dinosaur documentary film GORGO (which is Godzilla but British; I’ll just let you imagine how that all plays out).
Another successful Dinosaur Day! Until next year, remember: make every day Dinosaur Day IN YOUR HEART.