... and in our spare
We're always looking for
projects to keep us off the streets. It's not enough to
be working full time jobs in radio/education, plus freelance
writing/freelance sound design, or dancing/playing trumpet.
We also work on side projects: create an arts center, make a
better race car, cure cancer, you know, the usual.
back in the late 90's I had bought this book,
Make Your Own Working Paper Clock, by William Smith
Rudolph. You must admit, it's an intriguing and
romantic-sounding project. In the introduction, a
personage no less than Isaac Asimov advised ordering multiple
copies of the book -- "since your second clock, constructed
with the experience you gained with the first, will be better
than the first; and the third will be better still. Best
Apparently it takes a rocket
scientist to do this. But with the hubris of youth, I figured
I'd only need one go at it.
Undaunted, I got to work,
getting as far as part 37. Then it went into my closet
and stayed there until I moved from my apartment in 2003, when
I threw it away in a frenzy of downsizing of worldly goods. I
wouldn't need THAT ever again, I reasoned.
Well, a few months ago, when
my watch-obsessed husband and I were investigating gears and
opening mechanical clocks, I mentioned the paper clock and he
"Can we still get the book?"
he asked with a trace of excitement.
"Yeah, I suppose," I said
warily. "I could order it on Amazon."
"We could really get it and
put it together?" he asked.
I suppose," I replied, "But if we get this, you'd have to
promise me you'd put it together with me? I mean really
promise. For real. I'm not kidding. We could do it over
the holidays, but you have to promise you'd do it."
Well, dear reader, I ordered
So began the saga of making a
paper clock -- again. It became our project for New Year's Eve
2005 -- our way of ringing in 2006.
Will there ever be a third
time? We know so much more now.
Says Ike in his introduction, "Best wishes. Enjoy!"
Yeah, right. Damn you,
to the TOOLS