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Sleep with the Fishes

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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.

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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.

Buy your tickets online or RSVP by phone (562) 590-3100. Check-in: 6pm Friday. Checkout: 9am Saturday (after the included continental breakfast).

And if you're put off by the $60 price tag, just think of it this way - you'd spend 3x as much for a night at the Standard downtown, and the only nature you'd get to see there is either coated in white, mod lacquer or scratching itself.

photo by suneko via flickr