Saturday, October 29, 2011

Fright at the Museum

This past August Clint and I visited Williamsburg, Kentucky and stayed at the Cumberland Inn. It was a very nice hotel and is a property of the University of the Cumberlands. The Cumberland Museum at the hotel complex is home to several collections. Among them are the Henkelmann Life Science Exhibit, the Dehoney African animal trophies, artifacts and stories and the Rodney Lee wildlife collection.

First of all, I feel sorry for these poor animals, there were some signs displayed that said the animals were found dead before they were "stuffed". We walked through the free museum before we left that morning for Cumberland Falls.

CLINT?  This party animal is still at large, last seen in 2010 in
Texas at a neighbor's Halloween Party. 

(In his pre-Cindy days, he went to Myrtle Beach on vacation
and had not realized until he arrived it was Black Biker Week.  He
bought this t-shirt as a joke.  I painted him a fake snake
tatoo with the snake head showing on one side of his neck
and the snake's tail showing at the other.  I know,
totally creepy!  You should have seen the shower
after he washed this black spray out of his hair ...  yuk!

BTW, the Ellison home is a tatoo free environment.  ;~}

Unnatural looking to me ... notice the tiny cub at the bottom.

When I hear the expression "butting heads', it takes on a new meaning after seeing
this display.  These white-tailed deer were found on the south shore of Lake Superior
in 1929.  They had died with their horns locked. 

These deer were displayed at the Chicago World's Fair in 1933.


Shady Del Knight said...

This is even creepier than my last three blog posts, Cindy! Put a long white beard on Clint, hand him a guitar, and he could pass for a member of ZZ Top! (LOL) It was sweet of him to wear a T-shirt with a picture of his lovely wife on it! :) It's encouraging to know that the Ellison home is a tattoo free environment. I realize that I'm drifting off topic but I just wanted to express my displeasure with the trend over the last 30 years toward tattooing, piercing, and other types of body alteration. I don't wish to offend anyone but in my opinion women are ruining their looks with these procedures.

I cringe whenever I see the words "African animal trophies" because I am very much opposed to the Bungalow Bills of this world. For that matter I am equally opposed to men who hunt beautiful young women, throw money and power at them, and collect them as trophy wives. Women who are eager to become trophies are also on my list because I believe that love should be the driving force in our lives, not money and social status.

Getting back to the animals, I much prefer seeing them alive and well and enjoying their freedom. It's a terrible shame those stags got tangled up butting their heads together and it led to their deaths. That's a powerful anti-war metaphor if you think about it.

When I was a boy my parents had a large stuffed and mounted owl that they kept in the attic. I don't know where they got it but it stared at me whenever I had reason to go up there. The owl was brought out as a Halloween decoration every year and I can testify that it was spookier than 100 wax heads!

This was an interesting and thought provoking post, dear Cindy. Have a safe and happy weekend and a fun-filled Halloween!

Carol Blackburn said...

Pretty scary looking animals any time of year, Cindy. I'm with you on the "tattoo free zone" at home.

Clint said...

Just remember---I'm a bike ridin', coke snortin', body piercin', inked out, womanizin', double fisted, hog tyin', hell raisin' sonofabuck. Them stuffed animals aint got nuthin on me---'ceptin' I'm purdier.

Cindy Ellison said...

Shady ~ You brought up some good points and thoughts. I looked up the definition of "trophy" and I can see a lot of negativity associated with that word ... most associations of the word to me are negative and of the world. It's hard for me to even imagine having a tattoo, it would mess me up mentally, even more than I am now! :-) I know what you mean about these "trophy" wives. It seems we don't see a "trophy" wife being attracted to a low wage earner. It's sad. It makes me wonder about the mysterious history of your family owl. It sure would be creepy to see this owl in a dark attic, or a well lit attic for that matter! Your Halloween themed posts were great and a hit with your followers! Hope you and Mrs. Shady have a fun Halloween! ☠☠☠☠☠

Carol ~ Hi, how are you? Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I wanted to tell you how much I appreciated what you wrote yesterday on Clint's blog. I loved what you wrote about putting names on pieces of paper and placing them in your Bible. Yesterday I drove by the area and once again there was a hitchhiker holding a cardboard sign. I did manage to see the word "vet" at the top of the sign. I am not sure is this was the same guy as the one in the rain the other day. I just felt so badly, guilty, that I did not do one thing the other day. Next time I need to have a plan, someone to call. Hope you have enjoyed your weekend so far. ♥

Clint ~ Whew! You talk about me being on a roll, this is some roll you've got here! Can you imagine the hits this might get when someone Googles some of the words that you used?! ☠☠☠☠☠

I have one word response to what you wrote above: NOT!