Museum of Science and Industry

The Golden Girls theme is pretty iconic but if you don't recall how it goes, please Google it now. No really. Open up a new tab and get this 42 seconds of sweetness stuck in your brain. We'll wait.

<raps fingers on desk and checks the time>

Alright. So, you're back? You know the tune? Excellent. We'll get back to the song in a second, but for the moment, we can proceed.

Now that I just have a couple of days left of my month, I'm starting to be reflect on my time here. I'm thinking about the things I've done, places I've gone, information I've learned and people I've met. And while I didn't have too many preconceived ideas of how my experience would unfold, there is an aspect that surprised me.

I expected to see, do and learn a lot; in other words, I expected the whats. The part that I really didn't expect was the whos. I knew I'd meet fun and interesting guests from around the world and a great group of online supporters but I hadn't given as much thought to the other piece of the people-puzzle: the employees and volunteers. And let me just tell you, MSI has assembled a great group of people under this giant roof. Whether they're behind the scenes and out on the floor, the people here have been nothing but welcoming and kind. Not to mention, fun.

I really didn't expect to make friends while I was here. That's not to say I planned on not making friends, if that makes sense, but I never gave it too much thought. I'm definitely looking forward to keeping in contact and spending time with a number of my new MSI buds. I'm excited to see them outside the museum to hang out and… well… to prove I wear something other than yellow t-shirts.

I'll be thanking the staff in person over my last few days, but I wanted to take a moment to write my thanks too. But really, writing can only get you so far. If you really want to convey emotion, singing is where it's at. And when I think about heartfelt songs, my mind immediately goes to TV theme songs. Doesn't yours? So, now's when that knowledge of Golden Girls comes in handy. Alright, everyone together now. 5-6-7-8…

Thank you for being a friend
Down a coal mine, you descend,
Your collection's cool, and you're food court is the best.

When I moved in four weeks ago,
You came right out to cheer.
You've shown me, major hospitality,
And for that I need to say, thank you for being a friend.


PS: You may have noticed that all my friends in these pictures were... well... not actual people. The friends that I'm talking about in this post are indeed actual people; I swear. I just need pictures with them!

  • Readers' Comments (5)
Marla Bowen
November 15, 2011

I'm already sad to see you go. It has been so much fun to watch your month unfold! You've done an amazing job! Wish I had been able to at least come visit while you were there. Thanks for all you've done to bring the MSI to life!

Jeanette Ebersole
November 15, 2011

Hi Kevin, Your blog has been interesting and fun to read. I live about 4 hours away and haven't visited the museum for several years but have wanted to, I wish it could have happened while you were there. I have to say I'm a little envious of your treks to all the nooks and crannies of the building. I am not envious of your sleeping on the floor! I found it very interesting that you missed walking on the softness of grass - as compared to the hard museum floors, I wouldn't have thought of that. Anyway, thanks for entertaining us this past month - God Bless as you continue your journey through life. Jeanette

November 16, 2011

I hope you had a fun time at the Museum. I bet it's sad for you to leave. Nice to meet you.

Loudmouth Lady
November 16, 2011

Kevin, you can't go! We will miss you so much! You are always welcome back. And if you want to relive your days as MSI's roommate, you can sleep on my yoga mat under my desk.

November 16, 2011

Kevin! Your blogs have been super fun to read and the youtube videos are favorite has the be when you were on the train with the fake people...they were quite creepy! I hope you keep making videos even after your experience at MSI is over.

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