Production designers and art directors all over the world are scrambling right about now to get their theme parks ready for Christmas. Yup, that’s right. Christmas. I know this because I’m one of them.
This is where I find myself in a creative drought. To me, Christmas decorations are always supposed to be green branches with red, silver, and gold balls. (Heh heh, balls. Insert your own ball joke here.) White lights, and a star on top of the tree. Easy peasy, pretty, classic, and done. I can think of maybe one or two ways to spice up Christmas decorations. Yet over the past few days I’ve churned out a whopping 25 versions of a Christmas garland. Twenty-five! Thank God they were all someone else’s idea, and I was just the Photoshop puppet. My brain would explode trying to come with twenty-five variations of anything.
So I’ve been spending a lot of time working, and visiting my dad. I’ve managed to squeeze in an hour or two of van work here and there. I have some pretty crazy plans for insulated window shades, and the metal bars that were once used to anchor seat belts were getting in the way of those plans, so I whipped out the handy dandy angle grinder and chopped off the offending steel. Gypsy is now home to quite a lot of flammable material, so I used a welding blanket to shield the subfloor and insulation from the sparks.
Working in the reverse order of what’s important (pretty typical of my nature), I’ll put up the window shades before anything else. If work doesn’t get too crazy, that should happen in the next few days.
The 30 gallon fresh water tank arrived today. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of this before, but what in the world kind of fittings am I supposed to use with this thing? And where does one purchase them? And why are the sides of this thing so warped? I guess that’s why this tank was only $63, whereas others of comparable size ran more than twice that price. I’m really hoping this isn’t one of those “you get what you pay for” situations.