One-Time or Annual Events

This journal details one-time or annual events in the United States.

Tutankhamen and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by hellotmf on February 22, 2006

For the first time in 26 years, ancient Egyptian artifacts have been borrowed from the Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities and are on display in the United States. The “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” exhibit, sponsored by National Geographic, is scheduled to tour in four different locations throughout the US. (See below for details on locations.)

The exhibit contains over 130 artifacts and begins with a historical overview dating back to the ancestors of King Tut in the times of the 18th dynasty, in particular the ruling of Akhenaten, the probable father of King Tut, who revolutionized Egypt at the time by changing the country’s religion from polytheistic to monotheistic. There was a big revolt, and when King Tut later took over the throne, he restored the original polytheistic Egyptian religion. He has gained world fascination ever since.

While the exhibit was fascinating and I was very glad that I went, there are a couple of things visitors should be aware of prior to going. First, the advertising of the exhibit is a bit misleading, because the picture on the ad may lead you to believe that the actual sarcophagus of the boy king is going to be on display. It is not. The famous tomb of King Tut lies on the West Bank of Luxor in Egypt in the Valley of Kings, and it has been speculated that this artifact will never leave Egypt. The exhibit does have a beautiful sarcophagus, but it is one belonging to an in-law of the king.

Second, admission to the exhibit is a hefty $30, plus another $7 for the audio tour, not including tax and Ticketmaster convenience charges. While this may seem steep to go to a museum, I imagine that transport of such precious and hefty artifacts is in itself quite expensive, and since an exhibit like this only happens approximately once every 30 years, it is well worth the money. Also note that no photography is allowed.

Lack of photographic opportunities aside, the exhibit was wonderfully informative and the artifacts are awe-inspiring. This exhibit gives the “armchair traveler” an opportunity to see the remnants of the pharaohs up close and personal without the long flight to Luxor.


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

When to go:

The show dates and locations include:

Ft. Lauderdale: Museum of Art--December 15, 2005–April 23, 2006
Chicago: The Field Museum--May 26, 2006–January 1, 2007
Philadelphia: The Franklin Institute--February 3, 2007–September 30, 2007

The exhibit will also move offshore to London at the O2 in November 2007.

This schedule has been changed in the past few months, so prior to making plans, be sure to check the following website on National Geographic for any updates:

Getting Tickets:

You can purchase tickets through the above website, which connects to the TicketMaster website, or call your local TicketMaster.

Time to spend:

Walking through the entire exhibit takes about an hour and a half.
Museum of Art
One E. Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33301
(954) 525-5500

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by hellotmf on June 26, 2006

Bonnaroo is an annual four-day arts and music camping festival that takes place on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee – halfway between Nashville, Tennessee and Atlanta, Georgia. Bonnaroo presents over 100 live shows that feature many artists, including rock legends like Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt, Radiohead, Beck, Ricky Skaggs, and Dave Matthews. If you simply can’t decide what show to see you can jaunt around Centeroo, which is a bustling village containing shops, outdoor eating, a cinema, a silent disco and a beer-tasting facility. Over 80,000 people of all ages and walks of life participate in the Bonnaroo festival.

If you are flying to attend Bonnaroo, you’ll want to fly into Nashville International Airport (BNA). There is a shuttle that runs to and from the airport on Thursday, Friday and Monday. Their schedule is likely to change, so check their website (below) for more information.

Tickets to Bonnaroo are limited so be sure to get yours early. There is a vast amount of information and visitor guidelines posted on their website at – be sure to read this in preparation for your visit. You can purchase your ticket at: General admission to the festival runs in the $200 range, and VIP admission is $1,000-plus.

Despite the large size of this camping area, the grounds are laid out well and are very organized. There are stations marked with balloons that indicate where you are. There are emergency amenities, such as roadside assistance and medical facilities onsite to help guests in need, and there are “general stores” set up with reasonably-priced items should you forget something.

In addition to the well-organized campsites, Bonnaroo also set up misting stations, water-filling stations, ATMs, information booths, lost and found, phones, a message board, many trash and recycling facilities, safety stations and handicap accessible viewing areas. To curb traffic problems, you cannot leave and re-enter Bonnaroo through the general points after Friday and before Monday—to leave you will need to go through a special gate.

It is obvious that the organizers of Bonnaroo put much thought into organizing this event. However once you get there it will be difficult to find a staff member that knows anything about what is going on outside of the 6 square feet in which he or she is standing. While there aren’t many problems to warrant it, my group saw no police presence the entire weekend. Note that no open fires are allowed in the camping area, so bring extra blankets in case it is cool. Cameras with interchangeable lenses are technically not allowed, though many people had them.

Bonnaroo is the ultimate in festivals and people watching experiences, but the logistics of your arrival and departure are nebulous at best. If you can’t figure it out on your own, the staff is unlikely to help you. Thus it is in your best interest to read all about Bonnaroo on the internet before you arrive, and allow time for the unexpected.
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

Manchester, Tennessee

Learning Annex's Real Estate Expo

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by hellotmf on June 26, 2006

Last weekend I attended the Learning Annex’s Real Estate Wealth Expo at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The Real Estate Wealth Expo is a 2 day event consisting of seminars by real estate investment and other financial experts, including Robert and Kim Kiyosaki of the Rich Dad Company, finance author and television personality Suze Orman, motivational speaker Tony Robbins and Donald Trump.

The Learning Annex series of Real Estate Wealth Expos has been featured in cities across the country, including Dallas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Boston.

The highlights of the weekend’s event started on Saturday when Suze Orman gave her talk on how to better your credit and avoid high interest rates and James Smith gave his rather humorous talk on flipping properties.

On Sunday morning Robert Kiyosaki, famed author of the Rich Dad, Poor Dad, which has been on the New York Times Best Seller List for over 5 years, spoke about the concept of cash flow which he defines as net income generated from accumulated assets.

Kim Kiyosaki followed her husband’s speech later that afternoon speaking to the crowd about women and investing. Kim’s book, Rich Woman, was released the day before the Real Estate Wealth Expo started and I was fortunate enough to obtain a copy at the Expo. I was also able to meet Kim and have my Rich Woman book signed by her.

Donald Trump was the main guest speaker, drawing a crowd of 60,500 people. He was paid 1.5 million for speaking at the Learning Annex’s series of Real Estate Wealth Expos – the highest price ever paid for a speech. As expected, the crowd went crazy when Donald was escorted out by Robert Kiyosaki and about two dozen “Fun girls.” Donald started his speech by discussing his show “The Apprentice” and continued by giving his advice and perspective on being an entrepreneur in today’s world of real estate and fluctuating politics and interest rates. He also discussed the risks, rewards and expectations that go along with being in business for yourself.

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