It was my daughters sixth birthday party yesterday - and
foolishly, we 'threw' it at home.. haha. Anyone who's ever
had a kids party at their own house, grimace.... now;
In the second half - after all the kids were fuelled up
with sugar - and I was the object of some collective
vengence I couldn't quite understand or manage to escape
from (just being in the garden was enough, I suspect), I
inadvisedly played the 'Team Monster' part too well - and
our neighbours son (same age) played his Action Man
character perfectly - and felled me with a left hook to the
unmentionables, bless him.
Whilst in the recovery position - our other neighbours
daughter, one year younger - yelled 'kick him in the
goolies!!' - and although I thought this was commendable,
and in the party spirit, thought it was rather out of
character for a fairy. She did make me a cup of 'monster
tea' whilst I recuperated in the 'dungeon' though, nice one
Hollie. Anyway.. you get the general idea - feigning
immobility (actually that bit was for real), sleep, or
death, did no good - and after 45 minutes of that I felt
like a Pinata... I'm sure this tradition was invented after
parents realised if the kids had something else to beat up
on, they could avoid all that awkward writhing around in
agony - damn fine idea if you ask me. In England we're not
so clever, see - plus the mere suggestion of a hitting a
paper mache donkey with sticks would bring down the wrath
of a small army of little people upon us, kids here seem to
prefer a live target that they can get groans of pain out.
Next year I'll hire a clown for them to beat up, and
somewhere that isn't our house for them to beat it up in -
mostly for reasons of forensic evidence.
Talking of the the house - it is finally finished.
Wow.. Still can't quite believe it myself - 4 months it's
taken, and if I live to never see another plasterboard
screw, or half a bag of cement et cetera (it's a looong
list) - I'll be happy.
This week, I will mostly be working on getting a pretty
good pathalogical hatred of painting going - I
conservatively started at 'dislike' - and after approx 16
cummulative hours so far, I've already got my teeth
grinders merit badge - yay me.
I estimate another 100 hours or so to go - after which
Defcon 1 will be long gone and I'll be continuously mashing
the big red button, oooh yes. My only relief will be
screaming 'Paaaint... Bruuush!!' at Jehovas Witnesses when
they come round at Xmas for their annual attempt at
explaining how, in fact - I've actually got it all wrong.
This year I've cancelled Richard Dawkins, and decided to
argue in the style of an enraged decorator you see - and
although right now it seems a fair way off, when the time
comes I'm gonna do this particular idiom with feeling, and
possibly with bells on (no really - they hate that drunken
Enough of that, anyway - you probably want to know
something more Robot-related ? Well, 48k is still in the
garage - although now looking more like it (rightfully)
owns it - rather than merely happening to be also in it -
as was the case up until recently, what with all the other
stuff being stored in there. Some of the kids (see above)
were suitably impressed, even though it didn't look like
a 'real' robot (False Maria has a lot to answer for). I
have a lot of getting up to speed to do - the lathe and
mill in the shed need a freshen up after their time off -
not that there's much more metalwork to be done, hopefully.
What's nice though, is that after a long break, looking
closely again at it - I get a rush of enthusiasm to think
of how I've designed & built this thing - and can't wait to
crack on once again, checking up on Robots.net once in
awhile during the summer has helped keep the creative
engine idling, and now it's raring to go again.
Actually, talking of robots - I think there is a niche for
kids birthdays.. like these security droids that roam banks
at night or something. Tactical support for childrens
entertainers would be welcome, don't you think ? I see
there is some consideration for lightly arming security
robots, though I think that would be inappropriate for a
kids party - as they'd need to be *definitely* armed.