Friday, November 8, 2013

Out and About With Betty


That man and I have a good time wherever we go.

This past weekend we went to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.




I didn't take too many pictures, but I did play around with some reflections in a photography exhibit.



The museum is next to the La Brea Tar Pits.

We strolled over to see the sad sight of the concrete Mama Mastodon sinking into the pit, on her way to a painful, hideous death while the father and baby look on.








My Questions:
What wacky curator thought this nightmare-producing scenario was a good idea?

Is Disney somehow involved here? (Lots of dead mothers in Disney movies.)

Is it my imagination or does the father mastodon have an impassive look on his face?

Why isn't the father mastodon lifting a trunk to help?

Does the father mastodon have evening plans with the cute female mastodon across the pit?

Does he have disco dancing in mind for their first date?

Can a male mastodon dance properly with the baby mastodon waiting in the car (*insert your own trunk joke here) and with the hot tar of the pit in which his mate sank that afternoon upon his craggy toenails?

Am I perhaps overanalyzing this?

Did I perhaps quit therapy too soon?




17 comments:

YrHmblHst said...

While i cant comment on quitting therapy too soon.... :) I will say that to those of us who tend to analyse and look for hidden/extra meanings, the display has worked as intended. There is a definite socio-political message intended and you homed in on it. If Mastadons were like their current kin the elephant, such a scene is highly improbable as the baby elephants stick pretty close to Mom normally as opposed to Dad. But if Dad was stuck in the mire, no thoughts of the irresponsible, helpless, unfaithful male would be generated, along with the [intended] disgust towards the sex generically for their unfeeling and self centered nature, as per Oprah. Granted, your personal situation engenders such, but your analysis is accurate as intended I fear.
One must also question the display, as you have, in its entirety. Nightmare producing indeed.
Glad you and that man had a nice time in spite of it!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The second picture is quite impressive.
I think the male mastodon pushed her in.

Daisy said...

Hahaha! I don't know, Betty, but you might be over-thinking this one just a tad. ;)

Great pictures! Hope you have a nice weekend!

Nicole Thomas said...

Usually in mammoths or elephantine families, the woman or mother is the matriarch of the entire tribe. So for that "daddy" to be looking on as the lady elephant sinks into that hot hot hot tar pit rubs me the wrong way. Whoever set this exhibition up had a problem with women, me thinks.

Oh dear, maybe I am the one who quit therapy too soon. I think you're perfectly fine :)

Shelly said...

That was a strange thing for the curator to depict- and reading your thoughts on it was my first meander through a mammoth's thinking patterns. Quite interesting!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I've always thought that display pretty morbid. I often wonder how so many animals got caught in it. What happened to animal instincts?

Olga said...

It might have been good for the designer of this exhibit to have done some over thinking.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Hi, Betty! It's been a while. Dropping by to say "hello. I miss you."
I took many a field trip to the LaBrea tar pits throughout my young school years. I always worried about someone (mainly, me) falling into that tar. Even though it's fenced off, I figured I'd find a way without trying.

xoRobyn

Lin said...

Wow. Initially I thought "Oh my gosh! What a horrible exhibit!" and then your spin....

Wow. I get it. I totally see it through your eyes. I wonder if a woman designed this exhibit?

Ms. A said...

Careful there, you might sound like a woman once scorned. LOL!

mama .bonnie said...

On the bright side, it is what happen, instead of candy coating the reality ;o)

Gigi said...

Hmm, seems to me that the Dad must have pushed her in. Or maybe I've been watching too much Dateline.

jenny_o said...

A bit macabre even though accurate. Nature is cruel ...

Midlife Roadtripper said...

"Am I perhaps overanalyzing this?

Did I perhaps quit therapy too soon?"

Hahahahaha! No, I'm thinking you're just looking at it in a normal frame of mind. Questioning the right questions. Fun, though.

Out on the prairie said...

Love reading your Betty interpretive.

Alison said...

Are you sure the mama's the one in the pit, and not the one looking on impassively as her ne'er-do-well mate meets his deserved doom after trying to cross the pits in pursuit of the salacious siren on the other side?

You are? Oh.

I think you left therapy just in time, before they made you "normal." Congratulations.

Baby Sister said...

Ummm....if you quite therapy too soon then I might need to start it, because I had all of the questions you did. Sad scene....