I might not have been in the studio today (I’m at PBI), but I still worked at a remote worktable (the floor of my room).
I introduce to you, Whac-a-Mole!
PBI has a banquet on the last day and the theme for this year was Sideshow. The Whac-a-Mole immediately came to mind – it’s my favorite midway game of all time. There was a costume contest and I knew that I had a mission – Make-a-Mole.
First of all, I had no idea that the Whac had no K on the end of it. That was a bit of a shocker. I still feel like I spelled it wrong.
I also have to admit that those little animals aren’t actually moles. They’re rhinoceri with their horns poked in. Something you might not realize is that dollar stores don’t tend to carry stuffed moles.
The game was interactive. I could move the mole-oceri with sticks that were shoved in their fuzzy butts. I got pretty good at eluding people with my slick mole moves. Unfortunately, I also got my hands smacked too many times. I had some bruising the next day.
I tried to make the game as authentic as possible – as much as one could with aluminum foil and glitter glue. I did extensive (10 minutes) of research on the internet to get the look right.
Coincidentally, I had some arcade tickets in my bag of collage materials, so I incorporated them into the game. I could actually grant people tickets if I deemed them worthy. Sadly, no one realized that there was a slot for coins. Everyone seemed to think the game was free.
I thought for sure that it would be a moneymaker.
At least I won the PVA award for my efforts – the Positively Very Ambitious award (a.k.a. you spent way too much time on that).