Sunday, September 30, 2007

Shark tooth tattoo or tiling a bathroom, the choice is yours.

So we got together in our group and reevaluated our choic of project. One of the criticisms that the professor had of the tire changing project was that too many groups choose to a classroom of one type or another as their audience. He challenged us to choose a different audience for our term project, something outside of an educational setting. That was the catch with the tattoo - we couldn't come up with any reason for instruction on Tongan tattooing other than either a Mulit-Cultural class or a class for future tatoo artists. So, scrap the tattoo and now we're doing a set of flash cards on tiling a bathroom. Target audience - the part of the general public that is familiar with and has done home repairs. How mundane. At least I can still get the tattoo....
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"Hi, my name is Steve, and I'm a caraholic." If you've been hanging around this blog a while, you've already heard this - but I had a friend tell me once that I needed to check myself into the Henry Ford Clinic. (I still laugh at that one). My second car was a 1969 2 door hardtop LTD I bought for $250. You roll down all the windows and there's this big hole in the side of the car with no B pillar obstructing it. "Dukes of Hazzard" was on primetime TV and my friends and I had gotten pretty good at jumping into the car without opening the doors. But I'd always wished it was a 4 door hardtop - the opening is even bigger. Well, in steps the internet. I found this one on the internet, a 1969 4 door hardtop LTD. New paint. Rebuilt engine. According to the seller (whom I actually talked to) it runs like a creampuff. The vinyl roof is beginning to show some wear and I'll probably have to replace the headliner. But she assures me it will drive here to Salt Lake no problem. So, in a couple weeks, Danny and I, (and maybe Rachel or Alex) will be flying out to California to drive it home. Did I hear "Mid-Life Crisis?"

11 comments:

A Paperback Writer said...

Wait. Tell me please this is auto #54 so I can make jokes about "Car 54, Where Are You?"
And about the project: why let tiling a bathroom be mundane? Combine it with the tattoo and stencil traditional Tongan designs (hey, Tonga's an island; it's got a water theme) onto the tile or above it as a border? That's far from mundane but still serves the purpose of instructing your intended audience.
Geez, for my MSc, I just wrote papers and cataloged seemingly endless stuff in the poetry library. (Of course, some of the poems I was cataloging appeared in gay magazines, so THAT was pretty interesting.... but I never tiled a bathroom for credit. Come to think of it, I've never tiled a bathroom. Not that I'm volunteering here, mind you...)

TM.Cavalier said...

And I thought the mid-life crisis was when you decided to become a teacher... Is there a 3/4 life crisis? Ok, maybe more of a 9/16 or a 5/8 life crisis. It's a good thing you like American cars -- I'd hate to have to figure this out in metric...8mm or a 10mm life crisis?

tm.cavalier

Max said...

Hey Writer, you've given me a resaon to buy one more car - this one will only be #53. Now I have to have a Car 54! Thanks.

Max said...

TMC - since the average American lives to be around 80, that means that the teaching was only a 3/8ths (or 4mm) life crisis, whereas this is now a 5/8ths, or 6mm life crisis.
"I hate this grammetrics stuff, my car gets 6 rods to the hogshead, and that's the way I likes it".

Max said...

Sorry Writer, I got distracted with what I should get for my Car 54. I think they drove Dodges or Plymouths in the show.... oh, wait. What was my point again? Oh yeah, the tiling the bathroom. I like the Tonga water theme, we could inlay a shape of the island in the tile. That wouldn't be mundane. As for your poetry - just to beat you maybe we'll tile the men's room in a gay bar.....

A Paperback Writer said...

Only if you do the men's room in a gay bar (would they have a ladies' room?) in an island theme....
And you would've gotten #54 eventually anyway. Oh well, it's still Car 54, Where Are You? while you look for it, right?
I think I only saw the show once, but it came to mind....

A Paperback Writer said...

Wikipedia to the rescue!
Here's a bit of car trivia -- at least on the color.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car_54_where_are_you

Max said...

No, honestly, I was planning on stopping after this car, I swear. Just this one more man, then I was gonna give them up. Until you mentioned the Car 54 connection. Noe that's all I can think of. But I'll give it up right after #54, ok?

A Paperback Writer said...

I bet you can hear me laughing at your promise all the way through the blogosphere.
If I ever promise you I'll stop buying books, I expect to hear you laughing the same way.

Frankie Z said...

Hmmm... So really, what age are we again? Fly to L.A. and drive a car unseen or driven 700 miles back to Salt Lake... Well, when you said you were going back to college, I didn't realize that you were going really ACT like a college student... Actually it should be fun, but I just had to point out this is a something carefree like we would have done when we were late teens early twenties. Should be fun...

Max said...

Writer – I can still hear the echo of your laughter bouncing around cyberspace. But I’m still going to blame Car 54 on you, even though nobody is going to believe me.
Frankie – I may be growing older – but I refuse to grow up. What can I say, it’s a mid-ish life crisis, and I always said, if you’re going to have one, might as well do it right. And Yes, it will be a lot of fun.