The Vultures Up Close
The first thing you’ve got to understand about the vultures is that we don’t take all this culture stuff too seriously. First and foremost, we like to laugh. Sure, we love the highbrow exhibits and displays and tours, but the time we share catching up, trading stories, finding adventure–that’s what counts.
We call ourselves vultures for a simple reason. It rhymes. With culture. One of the vulture husbands coined the phrase–we had previously called ourselves the very mundane “Women of Culture”–and we’ve never looked back. Or took offense. It’s just too amusing for middle-aged women to name ourselves after hunched and haggard-looking birds that mate for life, have great eyesight and eat wounded or already dead animals. Vultures of Culture. That’s us.
And who are we, up close? Moving left to right along the photo above:
Amy, communications expert and hostess extraordinaire for pool and cabin parties; Linda, blogger, reader, trip researcher; Wendy, soon to be retired math teacher and kayaking queen who got us all hooked; Pat, phenomenal cook, oenophile, voracious reader; Kim, style queen and HGTV wannabe, and Donna, Martha Stewart disciple who gets every project right.
This photo was taken in the back of a Philadelphia Museum of Art shuttle bus–doesn’t everyone love a photo op in one? We had just viewed the sumptuous Van Gogh exhibit and were on our way to the museum’s Perelman building for more sightseeing. The photographer was the multi-talented shuttle bus driver, Bobby. Kudos to him for the portrait. Only problem is that one of the vultures was missing. Not pictured–culture vulture Amy O, art major and Colorado-based computer exec who is the high priestess of travel and carpe diem lifestyle. You’ll see her eventually, as you will other vultures who fly in and join the group when possible.
So stay tuned. The next vulture-ama will be in early June as we return to Mansfield (Tioga County) for alumni reunion activities. We’ll be rolling along Pine Creek on the rails-to-trails path, considered one of the top places to bike in the country! After our ride we’ll return to campus for a nature photography workshop, no doubt the scene of an artisic breakthrough for a few of us who own, but don’t know how to use, our fabulous digital cameras.