I have a confession to make. This is an odd place to admit something so personal that only my family and close friends are aware of, but I feel like it is time to let the world know:
I have a candy addiction.
It is true. Now that I am in New York City, it is worse than ever. Do you know why? Well, it is because there is a candy shop on EVERY single street corner. There is even one right across the street from the yoga studio where I practice and let’s just say that I have stopped in there a couple of times.
Okay, I have stopped in there more times than I can count.
I realize the problem and I think I really might need some help. I mean, I used to eat sugar cubes growing up for crying out loud. Seriously. It makes me kind of sad thinking about it. Did I think I was a horse?
This week presented another challenge. I know that I am starting to sound like a broken record, but this “challenge” was quite different from anything that I have faced thus far at ITP. For fabrication, this week, we were asked to create anything that we wanted but COULD NOT use plywood or acrylic. What in the world could you make that is not equal parts plywood and acrylic? Then add to this seemingly simple, yet difficult project – – we were not given any other parameters (except for also having a fastener). We could make anything our hearts desired. You read that correctly.
I have never been a big superhero kind of guy. My brother was always a big fan of Superman growing up from the days that Christopher Reeve portrayed the iconic role. But I never truly got into superheroes and (their many movies) until 2005. Then Batman Begins came out and Christian Bale (in my opinion) did the best job as the hero of Gotham. I was then hooked to the next three films starring Bale and even really enjoyed the first season of Gotham on FOX. If you haven’t seen any of these movies/shows, I highly suggest them all.
Long story short – – after thinking of what to make for my enclosure this week, I decided that I wanted to make a TV set. A wooden TV set, mind you, with Batman playing on the screen.
I must really love my father. We share a love of sports that covers primarily basketball and football. We love almost all of the same teams, except for one: THE DALLAS COWBOYS. I am still not sure where my father’s fondness came for this football team. Most likely because they are “America’s Team.” I guess. I can write a book about my disdain for this team and make mention of all of the players who have worn the jersey with the coveted “Dallas STAR:” Terrell Owens, Dez Bryant, etc. However, I thought why not make my latest project celebrating this team that I so loathe. All for my dad!
Well. I don’t even know where to begin. I guess the best way to start off is by saying that I failed.
And to tell you the truth, it doesn’t feel as awful as I thought. Granted, it certainly stings a little bit and I am exhausted but the world did not come to an end. I am still here at ITP. Alive and well. And you know what – – I learned a great deal from this experience. My ideas are not always going to go to plan and instead of killing myself (as I have done in the past), I finally just stopped. And it feels wonderful.
I need to take a breath for a moment. Possibly, a long nap. With that being said, let me tell you about my idea (that after more trials and tribulations than I could have fathomed) finally came together after sixteen hours in the shop. Yes, that is not a typo. 16 hours to make a flashlight and I couldn’t be happier.