A Titanic Exhibit / Un Exposición Titánico

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WHEN THE BLOCKBUSTER film “Titanic” was released in 1997, San Geraldo’s mother Alice was visiting us in San Diego. It turned out to be one of my all-time, LEAST-liked films. OK. I thought the sets were exceptional but that was it. I hated the story line, the writing, even the acting. By the time the ship hit the iceberg I thought, “Oh, get on with it.” I felt about ready to explode. So, sitting between the tear-filled San Geraldo and Alice, clutching handkerchiefs to their eyes, was just too much for me. As the ship began its climb to vertical, I couldn’t take it anymore. I turned to San Geraldo and I muttered, “The ship DOES sink!” (And he let me live to tell the tale.)

You DO know, don’t you, that there was room on that floating door for 17-year-old Rose and Jack… both? Oh, and THEN 100-year-old Rose went and tossed that multi-million-dollar diamond into the ocean!

ANYWAY, I WENT THURSDAY with my pal Luke and his parents to see “Europe’s largest” Lego exhibit. Among the creative constructions, we found the Titanic — all 500,000 pieces. But not Rose’s diamond.


CUANDO LA PELÍCULA “Titanic” se estrenó en 1997, Alice, la madre de San Geraldo, nos visitaba en San Diego. Resultó ser una de mis películas menos favoritas. Pensé que los escenas eran excepcionales pero eso fue todo. Odiaba la trama, la escritura, incluso la actuación. Cuando el barco golpeó el iceberg, pensé: “Oh, sigue adelante”. Sentí que estaba a punto de explotar. Así que, sentarme entre las lágrimas de San Geraldo y Alice, apretando sus pañuelos a sus ojos, era demasiado para mí. Cuando el barco comenzó su ascenso a la vertical, no pude soportarlo más. Me dirigí a San Geraldo y murmuré: “¡El barco SE DETIENE!” (Y él me dejó vivir para contarlo).

Sabes, ¿verdad, que había espacio en la puerta flotante para los dos, Rose, de 17 años y Jack — los dos? ¡Ah, y ENTONCES Rose de 100 años arrojó ese diamante multimillonario al mar!

DE CUALQUIER MANERA, FUI el jueves con mi compadre Luke y sus padres para ver la exhibición de Lego “más grande de Europa”. Entre las construcciones creativas, encontramos el Titanic — todas las 500.000 piezas. Pero no el diamante de Rose.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

36 thoughts on “A Titanic Exhibit / Un Exposición Titánico”

  1. Jay and I were visiting his mother in Cleveland when the Titanic Movie came out, we went to see it without her, she was very disappointed that we didn’t invite her. My grandmother arrived in New York as they were unloading the survivors. I have a piece of coal from the debri field.

      1. The first US exhibit of Artifacts made a stop in Memphis, the organizers were selling them in the gift shop as a special fund raiser for additional exploration of the wreck site.

    1. anne marie:
      There’s a LegoLand just north of San Diego. We never went. Luke’s favorite part the other day was the electric trains.

  2. OMG I still have not seen Titanic nor will I ever. I refuse to watch movies where I already know the outcome, horror movies, war movies etc. Boring. I read the book, it was enough. Lego Titanic though, that’s pretty cool!

    1. Cheapchick:
      I could go “on and on” about that movie. Oh, how it worked my last nerve. And then it went and won all those awards.

  3. Both Luke and Pedro look to be in HEAVEN!!
    As far as the movie, Titanic, goes I had/have no desire to sit through 3 hours and watching people dying. I grew up with this story and a lot of the dead from that disaster are buried here in Halifax.

    1. Jim:
      Luke and Pedro WERE in heaven. The best playmates. The fictional story in the movie is what made me crazy.

    1. larrymuffin:
      I was just in a museum that had a comparison of one of those modern mega cruise ships and the Titanic. You’re right. It looked like a canoe!

  4. I’m with you on Titanic – decors 10 – plot/acting/music – 3; and frankly it would never have worked out for Jake and Roz or whatever their names were. One little historical fact though – my Aunt Susan was an upholsterer’s apprentice in the Belfast shipyards and worked on the Titanic.

    I do remember an earlier America film (1953) called Titanic with Barbara Stanwyck improbably married to Clifton Webb (she would have broken his back vertebrae by vertebrae in a clinch) and Thelma Ritter as Molly Brown. I enjoyed it more.

    1. Willym:
      Now, Thelma Ritter! That would be worth watching. How many days was that little tryst between Jack and Rose? And how old were they? Really! And she throws that diamond into the sea in his memory. Fascinating about your aunt.

  5. There’s a film about the Titanic from 1958 called A Night to Remember that, in my opinion, is far superior. It IS in black-and-white, which I know some people hate.

  6. Mitchell, your review of Titanic reminds me of a priceless reaction to one of the early film versions of Anna Karenina (probably the 1935 with Greta Garbo). As the satirist Florence King told the story in her memoir, Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady, her no-nonsense mother was so fed up by the end of that movie that she exclaimed, “Oh, boy, here comes the train!”

    1. A. Marie:
      SG’s grandmother listened to Anna Karenina on tape when she was in her 80s. She didn’t know the story beforehand. When it was finished, she was furious. She told Jerry, “Well, if I had known she was going to go and throw herself in front of a train, I never would have read it!”

  7. It’s amazing what can be built out of lego, isn’t it? “Titanic” is one of those movies I’ve always avoided seeing because it is an emotionally manipulative three-hanky weeper.

    1. Debra:
      The film was manipulative but it was so obvious to me that It only made me weep with rage.

  8. Luke is soooooo adorable. And Pedro ain’t bad either. Who took the photo of you?

    1. Susan:
      Knowing our “Titanic” film experience, Pedro took the photo of me.

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      By the time the ship was sinking, I was so disgusted I couldn’t even appreciate the special effects. The best part for me was when the lights went on in the theatre.

    1. Adam:
      A test was done after filming to see if the door would have supported them both. It did! In the film, they didn’t even try. Just idiotic!

  9. One of my colleagues took her granddaughters to LegoLand recently. She said they had a blast. I wasn’t impressed by Titanic. I didn’t see it in a movie theater. Several years after it came out I watched it on TV. Still, I thought, What’s the point? It’s going to sink. If Rose didn’t want that amazing piece of jewelry, she should have give it to me.


    1. Janie:
      That diamond toss was the last straw. Imagine what her granddaughter could have done with the money. Or you. Or ME.

  10. I agree about the movie. I kept thinking the damn thing was never going to sink. And how did a stowaway keep so clean and neat?

  11. I’m baaaack! Anyway, I loathed that movie with the heat of a million suns! I was hoping for a rogue wave to knock those two knuckleheads right of that pointy end of the boat! Not a Leonardo di Caprio as a romantic lead fan, myself. He looked twelve to her twenty. They should’ve cast somebody more believable in the part if they were making a romance movie. I was hoping for a disaster film myself. I was disastrous all right.
    I like the Lego stuff 🙂

    1. Deedles:
      Welcome back! How was camp[ing]? I also thought casting wasn’t the best. Also, there was a moment — after they’ve been very silly and inappropriate for hours where Jack says something and Rose says, “You’re very impertinent!” I wanted to spit. And that “steamy” car sex scene? Oh… there I go again!

      1. Camping was very relaxing, Scoot! I do enjoy going off grid. I forgot to pack BH’s trailer undies after washing them the last trip. It’s a good thing I keep a package of brand new, slightly too small for me panties there for emergencies. Fruit of the Loom came through! They’re too small for me but larger than his knit boxer thingies. My man, secure in his masculinity, prancing around in pink, and turquoise panties. It was a bit of a turn on. TMI? Of course, this is me we’re talking about!
        I think that steamy car sex scene would’ve been more erotic if he was indeed having sex with the car! I’ve seen this movie only once, at the theater when it first came out. I have discovered that the only James Cameron movie I can tolerate is The Abyss, and I still can’t stand that woman in it.

      2. Deedles,
        I bought multipacks of Calvin Klein briefs at the outlet mall in Vegas. One pack contained a pink pair. Fine with me, except pink is NOT my color.

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