The Conductor: The thing about trains… it doesn’t matter where they’re going. What matters is deciding to get on.
—The Polar Express (2004)
Last week, I got an invitation to what sounds like an interesting event.
Tonight, the National Aquarium, down at the Inner Harbor, is hosting a Meet-and-Tweet of The Polar Express, starring a motion-captured Tom Hanks and numerous, less-famous others. They’re promising this to be a “4-D Experience”. What that means, I don’t know. Could be Smell-O-Vision, could be a guy sneaking up behind and tickling you. The most they’re saying is that there are “special sensory effects”. I imagine that it’s much like the old Captain Eo movie they had down in Walt Disney World several years back. But I guess Wee One and I will find out for sure in a few hours.
Everyone who attends is expected to bring smartphones, cameras, laptops, and so forth, and is expected to live-blog or live-tweet the event. Wee One and I will be doing a little of both: she’ll be commenting via Facebook, and I’ll be live-tweeting (you can follow me @claudecall if you’re so inclined). My tweets will automatically carry over to Facebook, and in another day or so I’ll do a blog post here.
Hope to see you in cyberspace!