A non-partisan, unbiased news media simply doesn’t exist anymore. All that remains of this once somewhat respectable profession are two kinds of media: those who lie about their agenda and those who don’t…Whether it’s Glenn Beck, Arianna Huffington, National Review or MSNBC, tell me your biases upfront and we can at least start a dialogue from an honest foundation. On the other hand, the Washington Post, New York Times, Newsweek, Time, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS and the like, have spent years making jerks out of us – lying to our faces. We knew this, there just wasn’t any alternative. But now that there is, their time is just about up.
This year I’m thankful for my health and the health of my family. Jobs that we love, a home we are happy in, friends we enjoy spending time with, and a great sense of purpose to our lives. But our health…especially our health.
One of the great parts of my job is that I get to listen to so much music, and so much different music, all the time. Bubble gum pop, classic rock, show tunes, R&B, Rap, Disco, and on and on and on. This year I will arrange over 120 songs for the show, and there’s just a silly amount of diversity in there. I never get bored of all the different music that comes my way, and I consider it a real privilege that I get to do what I do.
So tonight I’m walking through the grocery store picking up dinner while listening to yet more music for the show. I spontaneously started to giggle when I realized how appearances don’t always match reality. What you wouldn’t know if you had seen me is that the white ear buds stuffed into my ears were blasting away “There! Right There!” from the Legally Blonde musical.
Hey, I’m a happily married man, but what made me laugh was that I could never adequately explain to someone in the store just why a six foot tall, semi-burly guy with a beard, beat up leather jacket, manky old leather hat and hiking boots was listening to a Greek chorus sing “Gay or European?” and practically dancing down the soup aisle.
At the beginning of the year I decided that I would try to add a couple of interesting Maker skills to my repertoire. My current one is fiberglassing. I’ve been working the past few weeks on a model ship build from scratch using just a few drawings and diagrams from the internet. I’ve got the hull built and covered in Bondo to get the shape I want. It looks great. Tonight I began the very scary step of taking my hull, which I’ve spent about 30 hours on, and covering it in a mass of messy, goopy, fiberglass resin and fabric. So far so good, though I’m a little uncertain how this is going to turn into anything but a Frankenstein looking hull. The fiberglass patches are sticking up over each other and the resin gooped up in the worst possible places. I sincerely hope that the reason it’s not drying is that it’s cool outside, and not that I didn’t put enough hardener into the resin (I think I did, but you never know…).
It’s stressful to subject something that you’ve labored over for hours to a potentially devastating and ruinous process. If the glass can’t be sanded smooth with the bumpy parts removed I am truly hosed. It’s probably a good thing that I began this project more to learn new skills (bondo and fiberglass) than to actually build a useful object.
If it works, the fiberglassing skills will come in handy during an upcoming prop build. I’m working with three groups for the show this year, and one of them has a very cool, very daunting, organic shape that will have to be built using glassing techniques. Pics will follow some time in March when it’s not all a secret.
In the mean time, I’ll post pics of the ship next time I remember to take the camera out into the shop.
*UPDATE* Well, it turned into a Frankenstein hull, with overlapping panels and huge globs of rock hard fiberglass resin. Hopefully I will be able to sand it down to perfect smoothness (I’m pretty confident of this). Lesson learned: don’t overlap the glass as much! I should have taken the time to cut one or two large pieces to lay over the hull instead of a bunch of smaller pieces, but I didn’t know how long the resin would take to harden and I didn’t want to be left with sections I hadn’t finished when it set up. It turns out the 65 degree temperature greatly extended the pot life of the resin. It was workable for 20 minutes or so. Plenty of time.
I’ll sand it all down later today and then see if I need a second coat, or if this one will be enough. One coat by itself added a fair amount of weight.
“I’ve been caught, so to speak–like someone who was given something wonderful when he was a child, and he’s always looking for it again. I’m always looking, like a child, for the wonders I know I’m going to find–maybe not every time, but every once in a while.”