Dancing with the stars has always made my noggin twitch. No, not the TV series, but really, dancing with the stars. If you saw the blog post headline and were looking for the latest news on which celebrity was just booted off of the ABC reality series “Dancing with The Stars” – sorry wrong blog. My Bad.
I’m talking about the other
boring Dancing With the Stars…. a planetarium show.
When I was just a little Greek girl, my 4th grade class took a field trip to a planetarium. The first 3 minutes were really cool. The next 87 minutes, not so much. In fact it was so boring I think it made my noggin bleed. A planetarium is basically a theatre built by science geeks to present educational and “entertaining” shows about astronomy to little kids who weren’t smart enough or didn’t know enough not to opt out of that particular field trip.
The planetarium can simulate the night sky and is great for training in celestial navigation. It is also a really great dark place for high school students to make out. But that’s a blog for another day. Besides, I think that’s why you only see grade school kids and super old people inside a planetarium, just sayin’. One of the main features of most planetariums, other than holding little kids against their will, is the large dome-shaped projection screen onto which scenes of stars, planets and other celestial objects can be made to appear and move realistically to simulate our complex solar system, galaxies and motions of the heavens.
Ok, Greek Girl where does dancing with the stars come in? Well, on that particular field trip a few short naps into the boring presentation, and shortly after my 4th grade class mate Cindy Lear peed her pants, they started playing classical music over the sound system. Then some really, really old guy (who I think was the astronomer, Galileo) started giving a presentation by speaking in a monotone voice explaining the locations of the Big Dipper, Sagittarius, Hercules, Orion and other constellations I immediately forgot the names of. This impromptu science lesson might get a little boy an astronomy merit badge but bored this Greek girl to tears. Then the presenter (aka Galileo) made the kids oh and ah by having a meteor shower dancing on the ceiling with the ease of a Lionel Richie music video.
While all the other wide-eyed kids were soaking up the solar system, this Greek girl was thinking of new lyrics to the Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star melody.