I was one of the crazy fools to enter the Month at the Museum contest over the summer for the Museum of Science and Industry’s contest in Chicago.
Kate McGroarty beat over 1500 of us to win. And mannnnnn. I have been jealous – to a point. I would have LOVED to be in her shoes.. for most things. But I’m not sure (with the benefit of being outside of the cube) how well I would have dealt this year with it.
… Mainly the video parts.
My paper was very solid – in fact, there’s a line that has been excerpted from Kate’s that is almost identical to mine – but my video was pretty bad.
For those who don’t know – I used to stutter. I had bad stage fright. I worked for a LONG time on my speech for my video. And I don’t own a video camera. Mine was taken using my mom’s Digital Still camera because it had higher quality than my (very old) point and shoot.
This was take I believe 14 out of 17.
yeah. Seventeen takes.
I obviously needed to memorize it better! And be less self conscious.
Knowing what I know now – after watching Kate, who is a graduate in theater…basically, I need to remember all the acting I knew once upon a time and less worried about what I look like. I look like I’m about to crap kittens in my video! *laugh*
Anywho. Kate beat me. And a ton of other people. Truth be told I didn’t vote for her twice – voted for everyone once and a couple of others twice!… but when I saw the Youtube video of the final reveal, I knew she was the best choice. I’m not going to criticize anyone, as I don’t know them, but let’s just say Kate was definitely the most animated and excited choice.
She’s done amazingly. She is incredibly talented, she has really made me feel like I’ve been able to experience a lot of what she has, and now I have to decide next year just how many days I am going to spend at MSI. It’s up from 1 to 2 (because I have the feeling exploring U505 will take at least a half day). I also want a lot of pictures of Apollo 8 (since I have tons from 13!). And everything else. (cool side note – all of us that didn’t win could receive 4 free passes to MSI for a day – and they’re even specially printed saying we did MATM. I’m going to be sad to give up that piece of paper to go into MSI itself!)
But! Tomorrow is her last day. She has said she is probably going to end up auctioning her shirts on eBay to help raise money for at least one MSI program..(psst, 6 and 13 are my lucky numbers, k?) I just hope MSI decides to run the contest again. I know – why would they? Because this was AMAZINGLY AWESOME.
This time, I’ll find someone with a video camera, and some adept skills. And a lot of hope, because I’m SURE they will have more than 1,500 choices.
But if you look up any of the photo wall pictures that MSI had up, or look at the video Kate took of the photo wall, I’m actually on it – though I think everyone is – I found my picture thanks to her video, and I’m not sure why that made me so pleased, but it did.
I sent Kate a care package – it was kinda silly – but she kept responding to me on Twitter, and I was like “you know, sending Kate a nice package would be something I would love if someone did to me and I was in her shoes.”
I sent her a bit of everything and called it my Museum Survival Kit – some random travel sized beauty items I had around here that I would have taken with me, a few toys, crayons, notepads, and found her an awesome bookmark and bought her the book Shadow Divers. It features the U505 prominently in it, is how I knew that MSI existed, and I talked about it in my paper. She said she hadn’t read it, and at least I knew this way – eventually! – she will read it.
But this is her last night in the Museum. So if you haven’t looked at her yet anywhere, check her out on twitter (@msikate), on Facebook as Kate’s Month at the Museum, and at monthatthemuseum.org.
Pretty awesome stuff. I’m hoping after it’s all over I’ll be able to randomly tweet her from time to time. She seems like the kind of person I would really like to meet just to hear stories and shoot the breeze. Hope that doesn’t sound TOO stalkery – not meant to be – she just seems like a genuine and honest person who had something awesome happen.
Not jealous, but hey! MSI? Let’s give this another go-round, shall we?
(I’d even do it for free.. though I was already planning to donate $3k of the $10k to various organizations anyway.)
But yes. Check out Kate if you hadn’t before!