It is so twisted, my thoughts of Columbus were as a child. It was only about 10 years ago, when I finally got the facts straight,(I still might be very off) and it just proves how our history lessons in school really distort our reality of things. Most of my life I was under the impression that Columbus was working with the Pilgrims, or at the very least, once he discovered America, the pilgrims settled shortly after. I knew that Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492, for Spain, although he was not Spanish and that somewhere along these adventures he acquired the Nia, Pinta, and the Santa Maria. In my mind, he landed on Plymouth Rock, danced and sang with John Smith and Pocahontas and could very easily have celebrated the first Thanksgiving. It wasn't until I watched the movie about Columbus that I realized, the man didn't even REALLY make it to America. Ok, so he discovered the America's, but not the part we live in, not the United States. Did anyone else think like this? What I continue to find interesting is how the US gives tribute to a man who never set foot in The United States of America. Why not call it Explorer Day or, Lewis and Clark Day, or Leif Erikson Day...(Or did that Viking discover Canada?)
Were there not other "break through" historic figures we could give tribute to when referencing the advances we have on American Discoveries? Isn't it also true that Columbus's discovery lead to the deaths of thousands of Native Americans? Didn't he (maybe not solely) bring Diseases and famine? I'm not petitioning that we re-write the history books, or that we abandon the celebration of the mans accomplishment, I guess what I am saying is, lets make very sure that our preceding generations get the full low down on this guy.
Maybe it's just me, I also, thanks to The Flintstones, thought that the cave men had dinosaurs for pets.
Okay...so off of that discussion which may or may not have anything to do with the adventures I had myself on this Columbus Day. Possibly more NOT, what does a Fire Station Open House and Zombie make-up have to do with Columbus. Not a Thing!
Where do I begin?
My oldest child, had at one time presented an interest in becoming an EMT. I took his interest and ran with it. Since he dropped out of college, he has been working part time at Fed-Ex. It's not a bad job, and with dedication I am sure he could easily advance and possibly be some big wig FedEx dude for all I know, but his slight interest in the medical field made this mama react. What I found is, in order to obtain an EMT certification, you have to be nominated by a fire department or work for an ambulance/hospital company. I suggested that Nick join the volunteer fire department and later gain his EMT certification. It couldn't hurt right? That idea fell to the wayside, and he now has intentions of returning to trade school for welding. Sometimes a Mom just has to step back, and let the kid make their own decisions, so I had. However, when the flyer crossed my path about the village fire dept. having an Open House and that they were looking for Volunteers, I thought maybe, just maybe I could convince Nick to check it out. He agreed to come with me, and here is where the adventure began.
The evening adventures had not ended here...no, not at all! The fire-department stop was a side trip along the way to my main event. ZOMBIE MAKE-UP!!!!
Our local Library was offering a class on Zombie make up, and I was not about to miss an opportunity to learn how to create those creepy looks. I don't have a costume for myself yet this Halloween, and maybe I might have found one......
Megan (I think) the artist works for Syracuse University's Drama department as well as creating mock injuries for the medical students at the local hospitals. Taylor (I think too) is a current SU student in Megan's class who volunteered to become Zombified.
The demonstration was not a consistent look, but more of showing of several applications for a Zombie look.
On her forehead, she did an application of adhesive called Spirit Gum, and oatmeal to create a scaling effect.
The next technique was using glycerin and gelatin to create a melted or burn look.
Here is the completed look of all three applications.
Pretty cool wouldn't you say?
I was impressed! I'm not sure if I am ready to Zombify myself for this Halloween, but at least I now know how to do it.
What a evening. I got out of the house, got a FREE meal, learned about how the local fire Departments run, gained a new awareness on HOW the Walking Dead make their DEAD look so cool and I got to spend some time with my son! Since I was at the Library anyway I checked out some books too! Over all it was a wonderful evening. GREAT TRIPS made! Thank you Columbus for making today a National Holiday and offering several local area places to perhaps be inspired to hold their event on your day. Okay, so it was a long shot, but I thought I would at least try and tie the Day in with my evening trips. TTFN!