A Day in the Convection Oven and Meeting another ORCHIDIAN..

by laurie jane kern on July 18, 2010

Summer has arrived full bore in Southern California. I call it convection oven factor verses wind chill factor because the temperature is over 100 F, the humidity is low and a wind is blowing. Not only do you cook but it sucks all moisture out of you!

That being said, my friend Jean and I went up to Riverside Metropolitan Museum to see two exhibitions: Adornment and Star Trek: The Exhibition Where Science Meets Science Fiction.

The Adornment exhibition was a interesting and even though it was free, I felt it was a bit of a waste of time. The items on display were not well organized nor was there any narrative to tie it all together. I had written a long review but I lost it and don’t want to spend any more effort on it.

Then we went to see the Star Trek exhibit. The exhibit was good, the costumes were great and there were lots of props like phasers, tricorders, weapons and panels from various decks and ships.  One of the best things was on the back wall of the exhibit. It was a timeline showing how all the movies and TV shows intersect – it even showed the current time where there were Star Trek events that happen via going back in time. WAY COOL. Though I do have to say it did not illustrate “where science meets science fiction” except for a small comparison of mobile phones to the flip up communicator.

Do not take this wrong, I am a Trekkie. I even sewed my own costume years ago, wore it to a convention [real Spock ears and all] and won the costume competition.  I watched the original Star Trek as a child, played with my mothers old cigarette case as a communicator and tricorder and just fell in love with it. Most women my age, who watched it, say that it was Uhura who inspired them to go in to science; for me it as Spock and Scotty.

After that we went over to the Mission Inn to have a few margaritas, appetizers, relax and chat.

We then wandered outside on to the mall and as we exited the cupcake shop, there was Mardon Jewelers! So we wandered in and we met Jim and Kay. Actually someone was at the computer behind the counter and asked if he was the blogger. He responded no, that was Jim – who then appeared at the top of the stairs. He asked why? and I then introduced myself as another Orchidian – “the aspiring silversmith” to be exact. Then Kay came down as well, and we talked about silversmithing and jewelry. Jim was so nice – he started to pull some estate jewelry out of the case and show it to Jean and I and even talk about why they were so special – A full faced cameo carved in coral; A gold, mens, stick pin from the California gold rush.

After we left Mardon Jewelers we headed home! Jean was amazed that even though I did not know Jim and Kay; I just walked right in to their store, introduced myself and mentioned our connection and a new relationship was formed!

If you are in the Southern California area, are a fellow Orchidian and would like to meet up, let me know!

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Bentiron July 19, 2010 at 4:03 pm

I await with bated breath!

Laurie Jane Kern July 18, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Just wait till you see what I am working on next!

Bentiron July 18, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Friends, Romans, Orchidians, ……….. Isn’t it nice to meet the folks that you read about on the world wide web? I do enjoy your little adventures as an aspiring silversmith.

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