Summit Up 8-11-12: Contemplating the fate of pompeii volcano victims |

Summit Up 8-11-12: Contemplating the fate of pompeii volcano victims

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Special to the Daily Friscoites Sam and Becky Sherstad write of their son's wedding this past weekend: 'We had about 170 guests in Frisco for the wedding of our son Matt and Lea Hissong. Visitors came from Texas, escaping the 105F heat and humidity. Others were here from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Maryland, California, Arizona, Taiwan and France. Many rented some great area homes. The marriage ceremony in Walter Byron Park followed Matt's surprising Lea with a romantic proposal in Machu Picchu last year.'

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s wondering how we’d feel if, after being roasted alive and buried in volcanic ash, people were gawking at our oddly preserved bodies a few thousand years later.To be sure, we’d be dead and, unless we were a-haunting the world o’ the living, we’d never know. But still, you have to wonder. Most people would like to think that, after we die, we either get buried or cremated or perhaps even chopped up for science – but no one says they want to be mummified or otherwise preserved in death for all to see.We’re talking, of course, about that hot August day in AD 79 when Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried what was, until then, apparently a very nice, thriving Roman city called Pompeii. If this is the kind of thing that lights your rocket or turns your Twinkie, you’ll want to start prepping for a big exhibit all this starting Sept. 15 at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science over there in Heeney.(sound of whispered consultation)OK, we’re being told the museum is actually in Denver, which makes sense, given the name, but it would be a lot more convenient for us if it were over by Heeney. But it’s not, so get over it!Sez here: “Beginning Friday, September 14, the Colorado community will have the opportunity to explore the daily life – and tragic end – of this thriving metropolis when A Day in Pompeii opens at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Visitors will uncover the treasures of a city steeped in legend, examine casts of the volcano’s victims frozen in their last moments, and discover the power of volcanoes past and present.”Pompeii Volcano Victim No. 1: Yeah, thanks a lot. I was sitting on the can when that action hit, and now there I am. Sheesh!PVV 2: Please just bury me. Please?PVV3: Don’t look! I haven’t put my face on yet!And on and on, nothing but complaints from these folks.But serially folks, it sounds like a cool exhibit, so go check it out. Ciao!

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