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Old 03-02-09, 02:19 PM   #1
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Lucy's Legacy

OK....I was privileged yesterday to meet the one and only Lucy, one of the most important archeological discoveries ever. The first part of the exhibit was more about Ethiopian culture and history with lots of artifacts and various facts about the region. Then they worked up to information about our skeleton and muscle usage compared to ape and then Lucy's.....it almost did seem right between like a missing link.



It was quite a fun experience. After that we saw Mystery of the Nile at the IMAX next to the exhibit (all part of the Seattle Pacific Science Center). It was a documentary about an explorer/adventurer type guy and his team who were the first to successfully navigate the entire length of the nile by boat (raft). It was definitely a big undertaking....4 months of rafts and camping many areas being quite treacherous.

To top it off on the way home we stopped at the Ethiopian restaurant we've seen many times, but never went to. Every time we go to the Seattle Center (where the Space Needle, Pacific Science Center and other attractions are), we see this place on the way home. It turned out to be a nice restaurant that tried to give a somewhat authentic experience. There were no silverware, each of our foods came on a large plate with a crepe style bread underneath. We each got a small plate with another piece of the large crepe style bread too. You ripped off pieces of the bread to wrap the hot food into and ate it that way. It was a fun experience and the perfect wrap to our Lucy/Ethiopian experience.

I'm sure Lucy's been around in other parts of the country before. Anybody ever been to see her before?
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There were no silverware, each of our foods came on a large plate with a crepe style bread underneath. We each got a small plate with another piece of the large crepe style bread too. You ripped off pieces of the bread to wrap the hot food into and ate it that way. It was a fun experience and the perfect wrap to our Lucy/Ethiopian experience.
Thats Injera bread, excellent food.
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Thats Injera bread, excellent food.
Yes, thank you. I had forgotten the name since last night (could have looked it up, I suppose). The bread was awesome!!!
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I liked the Ethiopian background material as much as the hominid stuff at the end when we went a couple Fridays ago. It was a smart move to leave our youngest in her daycare so we could take time and actually take it all in, limited by the 7 yr old's attention span rather than the 4 yr old's. Oh well. She'll see Lucy if we get to Ethiopia I guess, and by the time anything like that is likely her attention span will be a lot finer tuned anyway.

Wished we had time to eat Ethiopian (or anything in Seattle) outside the sci center but we didn't.
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Glad you got to see it.

I didn't just like the Ethiopian stuff as much...I may have actually liked it better. When I was a kid I loved the 'bones' aspect of archeology, but as I got older I found the 'culture' side of it was much more interesting in the long run.

That's part of the reason I knew that when I remembered the Ethiopian restaurant, I couldn't pass it up....it would just enhance the experience that much more.
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Yeah when I saw the woven table thing in the exhibit I was trying to describe to my son covering it with a sheet of that bread and then all the food... anyway it was vivid to me. But we had to beat traffic out of town so didn't have time to poke around for any more of that city life stuff.

For him he liked the 'lost ark' stuff too, always good to tie Indiana Jones into any kind of education.
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That exhibit was great. Amazing---she was sooo tiny, relative to us giants. And like KT, we had the cravin's for Ethiopian food afterwards---found a fabulous place in the Denny Triangle area. I've eaten Ethiopian many times before, this was just as good. We also picked up some spice mixes and a small cookbook. I have yet to figure out the injera recipe, so, until then we might have to make-do with tortillas.


Did you note that today's Ethiopian culture has a tradition surrounding coffee that makes our latte's look rather ... well, like child's play? Three 'Turkish-coffee-style' servings (shots). Whew. And, wasn't it more than once per day?
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I don't think tortillas would be a good substitute for that Ethiopian bread. They miss both the sourness and the sponginess. Nan bread perhaps? Or even rice.
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Did you note that today's Ethiopian culture has a tradition surrounding coffee that makes our latte's look rather ... well, like child's play? Three 'Turkish-coffee-style' servings (shots). Whew. And, wasn't it more than once per day?
I believe they said it was 5 times a day, but I didn't know that they made it similar to turkish style. I have my own ibrik at home and make it turkish style sometimes.

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Crepes would be the best/closest substitute, I think.
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Or even breakfast pancakes (with water instead of milk, and no sugar)
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Or even breakfast pancakes (with water instead of milk, and no sugar)
Crepes are basically the same thing only thinner.

The bread we had was a little thicker than crepes, but thinner than a pancake.
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And like KT, we had the cravin's for Ethiopian food afterwards---found a fabulous place in the Denny Triangle area.
Not sure where you went, but this is the place we went. Just off Denny Way, but up near I-5.

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That was it! I loooved the fish. We also had the vegetarian sampler--best spinach I've had in ages. NUM!

Dangit, I just ate lunch and now I've made myself hungry.

I agree, tortillas are not comparable, except they are flat and they are useful for scooping food. Again, I agree, a crepe would be closer. No, no, I'm going to try the injera...hopefully the sourdough I have will work.

Or, I could just get on my bike and ride there for lunch tomorrow.
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Or, I could just get on my bike and ride there for lunch tomorrow.
I wish I were that close.

I live in Bellevue, work in Redmond.
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What was that SciFi book about hominids? Something about future humans time-travelling into the past and exploring mankind's roots?
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What was that SciFi book about hominids? Something about future humans time-travelling into the past and exploring mankind's roots?
I don't think it sounds exactly like this plot line (been a LOOOONG time since I read it though), but you aren't thinking of "At Winters End" by Robert Silverberg are you?

http://www.amazon.com/At-Winters-End.../dp/0446513849
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Have you done it before? Did you get the sourdough (sour) right?
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NYT article on the Science Center exhibit:

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Yet at the end of its six-month run in Seattle, the second stop on what is supposed to be a multicity, multiyear tour of the United States, Lucy had drawn only about 100,000 people. The exhibition has no confirmed next destination, and at least one museum that had considered hosting the show in the future, the Field, has decided against it. But Mr. Kebede said negotiations were under way for the show to open in New York this summer.

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Yet Donald C. Johanson, the paleoanthropologist who plucked Lucy out of an Ethiopian ravine 35 years ago and is one of few people close to Lucy who has seen both exhibits, said, “I enjoyed the Seattle presentation much more than I did the Houston one, because I think Seattle put an enormous amount of effort into placing Lucy’s species, Australopithecus afarensis, in a broader framework.”

Mr. Johanson said he particularly liked the display of prehuman skulls that suggested a kind of evolutionary ascendance on the way to the exhibit’s focal point, the Lucy fossils. He also noted a lighter feature he liked, a display that used soda bottles, filled with varying amounts of fluid, to show the difference in brain capacity between humans and Lucy.
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I don't think it sounds exactly like this plot line (been a LOOOONG time since I read it though), but you aren't thinking of "At Winters End" by Robert Silverberg are you?

http://www.amazon.com/At-Winters-End.../dp/0446513849
Not sure. It might have been Asimov or Heinlein I'm thinking of...
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