Category Archives: Inspirational
Interviewer Jim: Welcome back! With me today we have T-Spazz of the Bad Idea Newsletter, to explain her relative silence for the past two months. Welcome, T-Spazz!
T-Spazz: Thanks, Jim, it’s a pleasure to be here.
Jim: So T… Can I call you T?
T-Spazz: Sure thing, Jimbo.
Jim: OK. So nearly two months have passed, and you haven’t posted anything on the Bad Idea Newsletter blog. Does that mean you haven’t had any bad ideas in nearly two months?
T-Spazz: Oh, heavens no, Jimbo-lina. For me, a day without a bad idea is like a day without sunshine. Not only would that suck a lot, but it would also mean that the world ended. And now that I think about it, that would suck, too.
Jim: OK… so what *have* you been up to?
T-Spazz: Well, Jimbo-licious, a lot of things. I’d say the highlights have been playing a kick-ass show in Albany with my band, drawing some badass horses for my carousel, and carving my first bird out of butternut wood.
Jim: Sounds like quite a productive two months!
T-Spazz: Oh yes. I’ve been quite busy.
Jim: So does this mean an end to the ridiculous, half-executed bad ideas that plagued the fall?
T-Spazz: Not at all, J-Blow. I’d say the low-lights of the past two months include making a dress that didn’t fit at all, knitting a sweater that was too small, followed by completely ripping it out, re-writing the pattern and starting again, and spending the entire first week of the New Year sleeping for 16 hours a day.
Jim: Well that sounds more like the T-Spazz we all know and love! *laughs*
T-Spazz: It sure does, Jim-Bop-a-Wow-Wow, it sure does.
Jim: Well thanks so much for dropping in to share your exploits of the past few months with us! We hope to hear from you more regularly in the coming months.
T-Spazz: Abso-friggin’-lutely, Ja-Na-Na-Na.
Jim: T-Spazz, everyone!
So one of my biggest Bad Ideas is still in its infancy but making some creeping progress, so I will reveal its nature right here, right now.
But first, a story.
Part of this Big Bad Idea involves learning woodcarving. To get started on this, I need access to a band saw. Since no one I’ve asked so far has one, I decided to call my dad to see if he or my grandfather had one.
Me: I have a random question for you…
Dad: OK, shoot.
Me: Do we have a band saw?
Dad: No… Pa (my grandfather) used to have one (he was a builder), but he sold it years ago. Why?
Me: Well… me and some friends want to build a carousel, and I need to learn to carve wood.
Dad: Ooh, that’s a great idea! Yeah, a band saw would be the best for that, since you’ll probably be cutting pieces… what, about 2 inches thick?
Note the distinct lack of “Uh, carousel?” “Shouldn’t you be studying?” or just plain ol’ “WTF?” Nope… apparently it’s a “great idea.”
Dad: So how big are you planning to make it?
Me: So we thought we’d start with a small one, just four figures.
Dad: Like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?
Me: Um… yes, actually… exactly like that.
Me: Actually the idea came to me while I was at Burning Man, so we might make it an Art Car and mount the carousel on a pickup truck once we’ve removed the bed.
Dad: Ooh, that sounds really neat! I’d love to help if there’s anything I can do…
So there you have it.
The company I am starting to further this endeavor is called Picycle, and will soon have its own blog going at picycle.wordpress.com. Feel free to follow me over there as well.