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My Days at the Races

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Hey guys!

Last weekend, A and I went to the Maker’s Faire in Queens, NY. He entered two things into the fair and they both were accepted. A entered a drill powered mini bike (yes, it’s a mini bike that runs off a battery operated drill) and a Go Shopping Kart (That’s a shopping cart basked welded to a mini go kart. Oh yea, and you can ride it)

Here are some highlights from the Weekend:

The Mini Bike was just on display. It’s A’s pride and joy and he has worked endlessly to make it perfect.

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How cool is that? It has metal plate on it and it drives really well. In fact, I even rode it yesterday to get it back to the car. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be to ride it (it was my first time riding a mini bike, period) and I was zipping all around.

A rode it around a little to show people what it could do:

And here’s a video of A racing his mini bike against another mini bike that was there. (Which was, also, ridden by a storm trooper every now and then)

A also entered his go kart. I wish I could say that this is the first Go Shopping Kart he’s made, but I can’t. He made another one, a bigger one, a few years ago. But this one that he made the past month, well that one is so much better than the first one!

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Doesn’t he look so proud of this Go Kart? How adorable!

But he didn’t just enter it for people to look at it. A actually raced it. With other people who made go karts. It was like real life Mario Kart, except a lot more violent. These guys were hitting in to each other, trying to take each other out while they were also trying to win. A was the slowest one there, unfortunately. He had to go slowly because the wheels of the go kart were those stupid plastic wheels that had no traction. Every time A tried to turn, he spun out and had to turn around. So he decided to go slowly that way he couldn’t spin out. Unfortunately, going slow didn’t make him much of a contender in the race.

(Side note, I had a few more videos but Youtube is being difficult and can’t put them up 😦 I’m so sad about that.)

At first, people even though A was a joke – they didn’t take his racing seriously. Except when he kept going, even after getting hit, because his cart was made of metal. All metal.

A lot of the teams that were racing were pretty cool. Others sucked, to be honest. Some of them were too uptight, too serious about this race. I mean, I get it, you want to win and want to be noticed. But it’s not like you win anything except bragging rights. It’s all about having fun, in my opinion, and if you become too serious about it, how can you have fun? Seriously.

While we were there, I met the kid from battle bots. You know, the one from the MIT group with the cat ears? Here he is. He was…okay. But he didn’t stick around much: he fluttered between the races and somewhere else.

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Then there was this Bad Ass chick, who was driving a barbie convertible. She was riding it like a Boss and stayed in either first or second place the whole time, with every race. Even when her car broke down, she fixed it and got right back on the road. It was awesome

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At the end of the day, A was super happy that he went to Maker’s Faire and I’m happy that I got to join him. This is how it went:

  • Racing: 14th Place
  • Moxie Points (Crowd Favorite): 2nd Place
  • Overall Rank: 3rd Place

For his first ever race, he was AMAZING! I am so, so proud of him. I can’t wait until next year when we can do it again.

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The Adventures of the Mr. and Mrs. · Uncategorized

That Moment When…I became a Ghoul

So the other day my hubby came up to me and said “hey, I applied to be an actor at Schmitt’s Farm, the Haunt, do you want to come with me to check it out?”

Truthfully, my first answer was no. It was after work and I was tired, but I knew he wanted me to go with him. So, being a good wife, I went.

First of all, when we got there, the parking lot was empty and it really looked like someone was going to come kill us as we waited. In fact, another person who was there to try out, came up to the car and I almost screamed. He looked creepy and he came right up to the door.

So not where I wanted to be.

We hung out in the parking lot as people trickled in and finally the event opened. The owners/actors brought us to the back where the Haunted House was and we sat down to listen to the spiel.

Then they let us act. Now, I have to tell you, I’m not an actress. At all. And I never wanted to be. But everyone else was trying out so I figured, what the hell. Why not. I was there anyway.

The first “room” they put me in was the bug room. There were spider webs all across the wall and they just put me there. No instruction, no advice. Nothing. I ended up pretending to be crazy and started screaming about “the bugs, the bugs!” I said there were bugs in my hair and slithering into my brain. I ran up to people and asked if they could see the bugs on my body and in my hair.

I might’ve actually scared a few people. The owner liked my first “audition” so he moved me into a room full of clocks. Just clocks and a strobe light.

This one was harder.

I don’t know what I said to them, something about tick-tock and “he’s coming to get you.” Or at least I think I said something like that. I don’t really remember. It wasn’t as good as the last time but it was alright. They were happy with it.

P.S., everyone got a part. Even me. I didn’t expect to get a part, and a little bit of me didn’t want a part either. It’s not that I didn’t want to do this with the husband, I love doing things with him, but this Haunt…this ghoul thing wasn’t really my idea of a super fun time. I get nervous around people and I always feel like they’re laughing at me.

It didn’t help any that the “veteran” actors didn’t even bother to try to be scared. If anything, they mocked us.

But, in general, I’ll admit that I kind of had fun. It was something outside of my wheel house and the hubby LOVED auditioning. He is ECSTATIC to get a part. He hasn’t stopped talking about it since we left there (which, by the way, was all weekend)

So, I’m a ghoul. I get paid minimum wage for a few hours Thursday through Sunday. It’s a little extra spending money and it’s something that I can do with my husband. Something we can enjoy together.

They haven’t given us our “assignments” yet, but I really hope they make me the crazy girl. I would be an awesome crazy girl.

I don’t even have to act!