Seagulls and the Temple of Trash

The other day I shared the trick to getting my teenage son to come along to the Pez Museum with me: Promise him a bucket of candy.

Well, how did I get my husband to come along to the Trash Museum with me?

Promise him a bucket of beer.

Trash Museum

First, we searched for scavenger hunt items in the Temple of Trash. Note the seagull eerily poised above my family’s heads, a perfect reminder of childhood trips to the dump.

Trash Museum

Trash Museum, Hartford
So that’s where all those unwanted America Online discs ended up?

The museum, run by the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, was well organized with information on reducing waste and recycling.

Trash Museum, Hartford

After touring the exhibits, we watched the trucks coming in and the recyclables being sorted from the mountain of debris.

City Steam, HartfordMuseum trip finished, we moved on to the rest of our afternoon, lunch at City Steam, a brew house and restaurant.

We picked up growlers for a haggis feast planned later that night, another task from my 101 things list.

City Steam, Hartford
A beery lovely afternoon stroll

As we approached our car in the parking garage, we heard a woman shout to us: “Anyone want to help me get a dead bird off my car?”

dead bird quoteThis was either the weirdest set up to a mugging or a woman who needed help getting a dead bird off her car.

My husband said the only thing he could say in that situation: “Sure!”

He went over to her car expecting a little robin or sparrow, and there was a humongous seagull, dead, with its leg stuck in her headlight. She had been standing there for who knows how long, trying to pull it out and losing her nerve.

Bird removed, it was time for us to go home and prepare the haggis.

101 things button #67 (101 things in 1001 days): Go to at least five offbeat or small museums.

  1. Bling at the PEZ Factory
  2. Seagulls and the Temple of Trash
  3. Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum
  4. Melancholy at the Museum of Bad Art
  5. Let’s Talk About the Museum of Sex


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I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.

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8 Responses to Seagulls and the Temple of Trash

  1. I could totally get into the Pez Museum. I’d probably like the trash museum. Just PLEASE don’t make me eat haggis! 😉

  2. Hi Marcy,

    Just checking out what you get up to after you commented on my blog – thank you for that by the way! I love what I read – you’re on a quest too and what a huge one. Hats off to you.

    Also love that you’re not afraid to bribe the family to get them to join you. I regularly offer my kids candy to accompany me on walks. Naughty but it keeps us all happy 🙂

    Keep at it. I doubt you are timid or squeamish now… this must have changed you so much already.

    • Marcy says:

      Yeah, I find now that they are teenagers sometimes a little extra incentive makes them more cooperative 😉
      Thank you so much for your kind words, Annabel.

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