January 08, 2010
I like dreaming up design ideas. You know, those little wouldn't-it-be-great-if thoughts - a fantasy building or engineering project.
Like the umbrella that attaches to the pram handle. Mumbrella: guaranteed to keep you and your bub dry, until that bus drives past and splashes a dirty great puddle on you. Or the rain alert. Danger, danger Will Robinson. Your washing is about to get wet. Or the lid for a cot. Watch him try and climb out now: mwha-haa-haa-haaa
The trouble with these ideas, is they are just that. Concepts. I've been blessed with little skill in the constructing-stuff-that-would-actually-work department.
So thankfully when I revealed my latest idea for a useful craft aide, Mr Hoppo Bumpo quickly stepped in and took over. He knows that my knowledge of electronics would fill little more than the back of a postage stamp.
You see, despite studying physics at school, I am inclined to think a circuit is something small children do of the house. Or a battery is something that occurs when my smalls get involved in a bit of biffo. And that watts are the relentless questions asked by three year olds.
So as Mr HB toils with the soldering iron and a small hacksaw and says exciting things like let's cannibalise the parts from this lamp, (more on this later) I am once again free to dream up new ideas.
Danger, danger Wil Robinson. Bus approaching. Put up an umbrella and put the lid on that pram.