Sami as a baby (left). Sami now (right).
fun that the ones already living in the
outside world possess. He’s always
been like this — inventing things since
he was in grade school. He really
can't help it.
Many of these creations came
together in 2005 to make an awesome Halloween Haunt that the
neighborhood still talks about.
Unfortunately, it was made at the
expense of my one beautifully decorated room — the dining room. My
vintage cherry Queen Anne dining
set, hutch, and my grandmother's
antique desk had to take shelter in
my bedroom. The stained glass
chandelier was removed, black
plastic sheeting was stapled onto
my gorgeous crimson walls, and
voilá! One scary spider’s lair was
created. Like I said, it was fab —
award-winning, even! But just last
weekend, I found another staple in
the ceiling, holding just a scrap of
The accoutrement that
currently grace my dining room
include two human-sized robots/
sculptures, the coffin guy, Bob —
who, at roughly six feet in height
— is also human-sized, a Stargate
Defender machine, a trashcan
zombie, and an evil spider-con-trolled robot. My living room set
includes a former motorized
wheelchair base, turned mobile
platform for an in-process “boogie
bot,” one of the Robo Spin-Art
machines, and a supply of ping
pong balls for the Ping Pong
Printer. Rather than reflecting my
daydreaming interest in a Better
Homes & Gardens living space, our
house now sports a look that was
once described by a friend as
looking like Godzilla swallowed a
RadioShack and then threw up.
There’s a part of me that wishes
my home could revert to the
“normal” decorator dream it started
to become. But then I look at all
the fun we’ve had making and
showing off these things, teaching
our children to design and build,
and getting to meet like-minded
people, and it makes the “clutter”
worth the sacrifice. SV
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