Figuratively speaking, of course, and I quote this line from the old Misfits song.
Yet what truly set me on a steady course for my life-long love affair with all things cranial was the nearby La Brea Tar Pits museum. Thousands of Ice Age animal skeletons were discovered in the gooey pitch that bubbled up from what were once streams carving through the wild landscape, but is now an urban jungle of concrete and skyscrapers on Wilshire Boulevard. The cache was unbelievable: dire wolves, short-faced bears, giant ground sloths, and - WOW! - saber-toothed cat skulls! I wanted one of those like mad! I'd be the envy of my block, nay - my entire school!
Photo of 'Grandiose Blue Skull on Perch' at top by Me, 2009.
Photo of Tyrannosaurus Rex skull cast by Me, 2006. Taken at Adventure Science Center, Nashville TN.