Los Angels, California.
Bodyworlds -- man, how to describe it.
Imagine a human body peeled apart medically and presented in an exploded view, like a text book.
Now imagine it's looking at you and close enough to touch.
And imagine it's real.
Yeah, that's it.
Read the web site at the link above. I can't do it justice without re-inventing that. But in short, it's real human cadavers preserved by a process called 'Plastination'. Bodies all donated to the program, and presented in all sorts of ways, some complete but skinless, some expanded to show relationships between organs. Some highlighting the nervous system, some showing bones and muscles, some the digestive tract, some the sexual organs. Some healthy, some diseased.
It's not gory. It sounds like it would be. It isn't. Disturbing, yeah, a little, but mostly it's fascinating. Almost indescribable.
It's in LA through Jan 2005, at the California Science Center which is right by LA Memorial Stadium (Where the Raiders used to play). Go. Trust me, go. It's worth a trip to LA to see this thing, and I don't think it's showing anywhere else in the USA.
There's a lot to do in LA. I'm at a Sheraton near LAX; we fly out to Fiji tonight, late. We were talking about going to disneyland but who knows, we may stay here in LA and roam around; there's plenty to do in LA. The flight leaves at about 11pm, and the hotel will keep my luggage until I need to go check it at the airport. I have a mini-van half full of gas, so most of LA is available to me. And thanks to the wonder of broadband internet in my room, I can ever research what to do in advance. You know, this whole internet thing, maybe it's not such a bad idea after all.
I have to say though, I can't wait to get out of here. I'm tired of air you can see. I'm ready for warm tropical breezes and clear air and a beach and I'm ready to get my scuba gear on and get in the water.