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Thursday, February 16, 2012

King Tut

Spoke to Gavin for a few minutes this morning as he called to tell me that Enter Shikari are coming to the USA, and he is going to try and get tickets for a show.  I like the band, and am jealous that I wont get to see them.  They will be playing mid week in Poughkeepsie, and he has off on Thursday, so he is hoping that some friends up at school are going.  

The rest of my day at work was not quite as exciting as planning to see your favorite band.  Time goes by quickly though and before you know it, I make a hurried exit so I can keep an appointment. 

Got home early from work, and then continued to work from home for a couple of hours.  Had a doctors appointment after lunch and it just made more sense to head home instead of back to the office.  Kyle and I went to Furn-A-Kit to pick up the new TV stand.  OMG, that box is heavy and once in the house, it became obvious to me that I would have to build it in the living room, and then move it to the den.

Kyle and Sue went to volunteer at the soup kitchen, and while they were out, I did some cleaning up in the basement.   I can see the floor now, and after putting a couple of new fluorescent tubes in the ceiling fixtures, I can see things a lot better.  I need some help now to go thru the last few boxes of stuff and the scattered video games, etc. so we can either try to sell, donate, or toss some stuff.

Bored with the basement, I set my sites on that TV stand, and decided to open the box so I can find the assembly directions.   Like most kits, it’s going to be fun sorting thru the pieces and the bag of hardware that goes along with it.  Ordered some Gyros for dinner because I didn’t think ahead and take something out of the freezer or stop on the way home from work.

This day in history “On this day in 1923, in Thebes, Egypt, English archaeologist Howard Carter enters the sealed burial chamber of the ancient Egyptian ruler King Tutankhamen.
Because the ancient Egyptians saw their pharaohs as gods, they carefully preserved their bodies after death, burying them in elaborate tombs containing rich treasures to accompany the rulers into the afterlife. In the 19th century, archeologists from all over the world flocked to Egypt, where they uncovered a number of these tombs. Many had long ago been broken into by robbers and stripped of their riches.
When Carter arrived in Egypt in 1891, he became convinced there was at least one undiscovered tomb--that of the little known Tutankhamen, or King Tut, who lived around 1400 B.C. and died when he was still a teenager. Backed by a rich Brit, Lord Carnarvon, Carter searched for five years without success. In early 1922, Lord Carnarvon wanted to call off the search, but Carter convinced him to hold on one more year.
In November 1922, the wait paid off, when Carter's team found steps hidden in the debris near the entrance of another tomb. The steps led to an ancient sealed doorway bearing the name Tutankhamen. When Carter and Lord Carnarvon entered the tomb's interior chambers on November 26, they were thrilled to find it virtually intact, with its treasures untouched after more than 3,000 years. The men began exploring the four rooms of the tomb, and on February 16, 1923, under the watchful eyes of a number of important officials, Carter opened the door to the last chamber.”

From time to time, the Tut exhibit comes to the NYC Museum of Natural History.  The treasures that are on display are amazing works of art, and almost alien in nature.  The glyphs, and artifacts are from another world if you ask me.  Even the pyramids themselves don’t seem like they could have been from our ancient world.

I was watching some History channel with Luke, a mud cat fishing show and noticed that Ancient Aliens last show is coming up…they are moving to H2.  Anyone who has seen Ancient Aliens is bound to be somewhat skeptical of our historical account of Ancient societies.  The Aztec, Inca, and Mayan civilizations, like the ancient Egyptians seemed to have advanced knowledge for their time.

Photo of the day "King Tut"

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