My daddy left home when I was three
And he didn’t leave much to ma and me
Just this old guitar and an empty bottle of booze.
Now, I don’t blame him cause he run and hid
But the meanest thing that he ever did
Was before he left, he went and named me “Sue.”
– Johnny Cash
We hit the fabulous Field Museum last week and one of its important, if not its centerpiece artifact, is the almost fully complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex named Sue. It rules the main hall of the museum from its apex. As treasures go, Sue is a relatively recent acquisition for the museum. The dinosaur has not been sexed, but is instead named after the scientist who first discovered her in Utah. She is a unique specimen. So, she could be a boy named Sue and like in the Johnny Cash song and learned to fight at an early age. She lived into her thirties, suffered multiple injuries. The injuries that she survived are recorded in her healed or abscessed bones. Whatever killed her, be it violence or disease was not. These factoids were gleamed from watching the movie, “Waking the T-Rex 3D: The Story of Sue”. That is Dan, Anne and I in the selfie with our geeky 3D glasses on, echoes of a similar photo that Jay posted. I did use some Photoshop effects here. I added a lens flare to give Sue her glowing eye and then used a new effect for me, Comic. I solarized the image of the three of us. All of these effects were designed to obfuscate my n! chins. I must admit that I had way too much fun manipulating these images.