Sleep with the Fishes
by Lisa Brenner
I have a theory about Atlantis. Somewhere below the ocean, a 24 hour mega-convenience store, (think, Mall of America meets 7-11) exists in all its undulating, aquatic majesty. Shrimp slurpees and jellied fish line the aisles. Muzak’d Donovan plays on a loop. Sea cucumbers shoplift dirty magazines, and Hammerheads loiter out in front, smoking the coral reefer. Clearly, Atlantis is a rough place.
But mayhaps my theory of the deep is off point. Maybe I need a refresher course in nature. Maybe I need to spend the night at the aquarium, and get the true story about what happens when invertebrates stop being polite, and start getting real.
All hail the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Adult Sleepover! You can now break out the Strawberry Shortcake sleeping bag and realize your childhood dream of spending the night in a museum without the fear of imprisonment or trespassing charges.
According to the website and the nice lady I spoke to on the phone, the evening begins with a groovy yoga & meditation session in one of the dark, deep-sea exhibits. Later, there is an opportunity to frolic in the galleries and access the reading room. There is a guest speaker, a behind-the-scenes tour, some special presentations and a dinner of fancy pizza. I also heard talk of a commemorative t-shirt.