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The Camel Did It

1 Mickey MouseWhen I was young, I visited the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum in San Francisco, California. I can no longer recall specifics about the trip; I simply know I went to San Francisco and enjoyed visiting the museum. I recently learned Discovery Science Center (DSC) in Santa Ana, California was hosting a Ripley’s Believe It or Not exhibit. I planned to see the exhibit no matter how many challenges I faced.

7 GingerbreadmanEarlier today, I had the time, transportation and opportunity to see the exhibit. I enjoyed viewing every piece of the exhibit and spent a little time looking at other exhibits in the museum. However, I was pressed for time and I spent most of my free time observing everything in the Ripley’s exhibit. The trip was definitely worth the time I spent getting there, touring the museum, and getting home.

3 Yellow BirdAlthough I was not thinking about brain injury, recovery, or my blog when I entered DSC, my focus shifted when saw the camel made from discarded toys. I asked one of the DSC employees about the camel and she told me DSC internally named the camel Henry and was going to use parts of Henry for a game similar to a Where’s Waldo search – which, by the way, is the same idea I had when I first met Henry.

2 SmurfShould DSC provide additional pictures of Henry, and I believe it will, there is a strong possibility I will write another post about the connection between Henry and recovery from brain injury.

If you would like to see the KTLA report about the DSC exhibit, click here. Please note: the link may not work with Internet Explorer, but the URL will work if you paste it into Google.

Your Turn

Find the following objects in at least one of the pictures in this post:

  • A dinosaur that appears to be a triceratops.
  • The model of an object that could view hurricanes on Earth from space.
  • A gingerbread man.
  • A dinosaur that appears to be a tyrannosaurus rex.

Credits

Thanks to Discovery Science Center for its decision to include the camel in the Ripley’s Believe It or Not exhibit; KTLA; the creators, writers, artist, publishers, and distributors of Where’s Waldo products for inventing an addictive series of puzzles; and all the other people who, directly and indirectly, made it possible for me to include the pictures, text, and video I used in this post.

Scott
Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

6 Responses to “The Camel Did It”

  • Peggy says:

    Scott, we often think of the finding hidden objects as a children’s pastime.
    You mean, I, as an adult ABI recoverer, can use this in some way to better my brain?

    Connect, the dots…draw the connection for me…..I must not be remembering from school how children’s puzzles help.

    This might sound like a challenging statement….but it REALLY is just an intellectual question. -peggy

    • Scott says:

      Peggy,

      If you want to exercise your body, you lift weights. If you want to exercise your heart, you ride a bike, jog, ski, or play a sport. Similarly, if you want to exercise your brain you want to focus on Sudoku, crossword puzzles, word searches, Where’s Waldo, I Spy, matching games, etc. The fact that people younger than you use the same tools as people older than you does not mean the tools will not work for your age group or your specific condition. I overcame many of my cognitive challenges by working with Mind Bender puzzles that were written for pre, kindergarten, and elementary school kids. I also read childrens’ books because I could not remember words after my injury. Books are a great source of easy words. I wanted to get better. I refused to let the term “children” on a box or book stand in the way of my recovery.

      Your question reminds me of a story I heard a while ago. In the story, one executive says to another executive “I don’t want to pay to train my employees. What if they leave?” To this, the second executive asked “what if you don’t train them and they stay?” To me, the dilemma is similar to your question. Which is better: to improve even if you have to learn from someone younger or to live life without improvement?

      Thanks for asking your question. If you have additional questions, or you would like further clarification, please let me know.

      Scott

  • Gina says:

    What a great thing to see.

  • Mary King says:

    I could stare at this camel for hours, I believe. My question (which may seem odd): Why a camel? It’s fascinating on so many levels and leads me into philosophical territory. Thank you for a great post.

    • Scott says:

      Mary, your question is not so simple to answer, so please hang in there while I explain. 1) If your question is directed toward my apparent preference for camels more than other animals, I have also written about elephants (http://beyondadversity.com/elephant-parade/) and narwhal (http://beyondadversity.com/forgotten-memories/). The only thing stopping me from blogging about other animals is my lack of time. 2) If your question is your question is about my choice of a camel vs. all the other things in the museum, my best defense is the camel-hosted scavenger hunt was a perfect match to the theme of my blog — tools for recovery are all around us, we just need to open our eyes. 3) If your question is about the attitubutes typically associated with a camel, I see them as survivors of a harsh environment just as a see people who are facing significant adversity as survivor of the post-trauma world.

      If your question about camels was not covered by at least one of my three responses, please let me know.

      Thank you for sharing your question.

      Scott


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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.