The media is so quick to write about the horrible things that happen at airports – the latest infraction by United or RyanAir or TSA workers, or even when we’re downright mean to each other – that they (and perhaps we) tend to lose sight of the good and even wonderful things that can happen there. This is one of those wonderful things.
WARNING: PICTURE HEAVY POST COMING!!!!!
I only had one day to spend sightseeing in Seattle. I did the obligatory trip to the Pike Place Market and saw them throwing fish and then I had the rest of the afternoon available. I was going to go on a ferry but it was cold, raining and windy (even for Seattle standards). Looking for other things to do, I asked our wonderful group of readers for suggestions before the trip. Here’s one of the replies.
Now the name sounded interesting but I didn’t know if I’d have the time to visit. When I saw that the weather would be bad, I read more about the museum right before my trip. I almost fainted as it looked like I found Geek Nirvana.
The museum is a little bit outside of downtown Seattle, right near the Space Needle. I took a $5 UBER ride to get there and when I arrived I thought the building looked familiar. As it turns out, this building was founded in 2000 as the Experience Music Project (I remember watching when that museum opened on MTV, back when they showed music videos and music news).
The Museum of Pop Culture name was adopted in 2016 as the museum’s theme shifted from just music to cover all mediums of pop culture for mega fans everywhere, and I loved every second of it.
Let me say that there was no doubt I was going to visit when I checked the website and I saw that I was able to catch the last weekend of a limited time exhibit, “The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited”
This exhibit, which was an additional $8 over the normal admission price, was worth every penny. They didn’t waste any time giving people what they came there to see. Here’s the first thing you saw when entering.
I mean, that’s not fair. How can you top having Kermit at the entrance. It wasn’t hard as Jim Henson’s influence on pop culture spanned several decades. From Sesame Street:
to The Muppet Show;
and feature films Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal
I was emotionally exhausted and that was only the first exhibit. I headed onto another area, Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds (which has been extended until May 28, 2018)
They covered the whole Trek Universe from TOS;
And even things from Enterprise and all generations of the Star Trek movies like the new Khan costume (minus Benedict Cumberbatch)
They even had a booth where you could record your best James T. Kirk “KKHHHHAAAANNNNN” scream.
If you were wondering how all of Trek fits together, they had a timeline for you.
This is where I need to mention that these exhibits weren’t just rooms filled with memories of my past, as if that wouldn’t be enough. These were museum quality displays giving explanation into context and importance to items they were presenting. There was a story line to follow and it was really interesting just to walk around and read the history behind the things I loved.
If this wasn’t enough Pop Culture overload, when Michael Jackson’s Thriller played on the mega big screen about 100 people stood there and watched the whole thing.
I was only done with less than half of the museum. My brain almost exploded.
From now on, just pictures.
They had an area called Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction.
There was also an area devoted to Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic
and one devoted to horror movies called Scared to Death. Not my forte but I braved it and survived to tell the tale.
This was not all of the exhibits. There’s tons of things I didn’t take pictures of. I already felt like “that tourist” who took pictures of EVERYTHING. There were video exhibits everywhere. You could spend hours (or a whole day if that’s your thing, and it could easily be my thing) and not see everything. I mean come on, this was their loading bay door.
The museum is constantly rotating in new exhibits. This is the next one coming soon, just in time for Infinity War for all you Marvel fans.
I’m so thankful that one of our readers turned me on to this. I probably would have missed it otherwise and kicked myself in the rear for the rest of my life.
I did manage to get one selfie when I was there. How could I help not getting a picture with Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker.
By now, you’ll know if you will give your right arm to visit here or if you’re just, meh. I’m telling you, this was one of the best times I’ve EVER had at a museum.
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For the first time in a while, I was traveling solo. Sharon and I just spent five days in New York City and now there was a Frequent Traveler University happening the following weekend in Seattle. Sharon and I just attended the FTU in Chicago a few months ago so we decided it would be best for her to head home from New York and for me to head to Seattle by myself.
We were offered a great price for rooms at the hotel where the event was happening, so I booked three nights for myself at the conference rate. The first day I had some time to do some sightseeing so I was hoping public transport would be sufficient to get me to downtown Seattle and back.
When visiting New York City, one of the things on many peoples’ “must do” list is to see a Broadway show. Over the past decade or two that’s become somewhat more difficult to do, since the prices for some shows have risen astronomically, and other shows are just seemingly impossible to get tickets for, unless you order them months, if not well over a year in advance. Despite this, there are several ways to try to get last-minute tickets, even for those really popular shows, that may or may not cost a fortune.
It should come to no surprise to anyone that airports & airplanes are filthy. There are thousands upon on thousands of people crammed into a building or traveling through the air in metal tubes every day and their hands and fingers have been in lots of icky (and sometimes downright nasty) places and who knows when was the last time any of them have washed their hands or even if they did a good job of it.
You’d think that bathrooms would be the dirtiest places but nope, that’s not even close…
IHG, the parent company of Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and the Intercontinental hotels, is having a flash sale to buy points for the IHG Rewards Club program. They’re offering a 100% bonus on purchased miles for now until March 22, 2018. I’m not a big fan of purchasing miles without a use in mind but it’s really easy to get at least 0.5 cents per point value out of IHG points. For a while, I found IHG points to be the best value of any hotel program.
I maxed out my IHG point purchase last year when I bought 60,000 points during one of these 100% bonus promotions, ending up with 120,000 IHG points in my account. Unfortunately, those points are still sitting there. I don’t feel that was a bad purchase; I haven’t found a good time to redeem them. I did lose out by holding on to them because the value of my points decreased when IHG increased the points needed to redeem a free night at several hotels we like to stay at.
I’m still going to buy points again during this flash sale. Why?
I usually save my commentary posts for Fridays, but this is one I just couldn’t keep in for that long. When booking trips, the first thing I do when looking for cheap flights is to set the search filter to avoid certain airlines. I’ve stopped looking for Spirit and Allegiant for domestic flights. If I’m looking for flights in Europe, we’re not going to book on Ryanair. If you read here regularly (and if you do, thank you!) I bet you think I’m going to be adding Frontier to this list because we just finished our first time flying with them. But nope, they’re fine and I’d fly them again if the circumstances were right.
The airline I’m going to be actively avoiding is United.