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How Far Would You Go for a Camel Toe?

No, not that kind of camel toe!

For the past couple of nights, our home has been overtaken by camels.

Well, camels and all the folderol that goes with them.

A few days before ground-zero in a contest, my work team finally got its collective head out of its collective ass and decided on a team identity, settling on what I’d already thought was decided the week prior.  No, it wasn’t my original idea.  It was, however, the one I thought 1) made the most sense and 2) afforded us the best opportunity to actually win the damned contest.  Everyone bitched and moan and procrastinated to the fortuitous point that our neighboring team dumped their decor in place – and it happened to be precisely the one our team had selected.

At that point our boss decreed sweetly that we were returning to plan A and anybody who didn’t like it could bite us all.

Keep in mind, the winners of this little tug-o-war for prizes walk away with $100 cash for every member of the team, plus a custom-designed shirt to accompany it, just for shits and giggles.

Camel Caravan
This menagerie sits on the table overnight. Tomorrow these critters are moving to work with me.




Because I was stupid enough to volunteer when I expected to have a week or ten to work on things, and thanks to the fact that Michaels and other crafts stores are nicely depleted of Halloween-quality them decore, I was left with TWO. NIGHTS. to build, paint and decorate a camel caravan.  That leaves me ONE night to construct a near-matching set of tents.

Our collective name for ourselves?  The Nomads, homage to the fact that of all the thousands of folks working for this company, we lack a designated “home”.  We work two days in one area and three in another.  Yo-yos was more like it but put severe restrictions on the opportunities for decoration.  Hobos doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, and doesn’t allow for the same degree of flashy decor, either.  With Nomads, we’ll have a couple of tents that are movable, fasten with Velcro and will be strung up around two structural posts that top our cubicle walls.  I have a foamboard camel caravan nearly completed, garnished with hand-drawn faces and ribbon-and-bead blankets.

Of course there are pictures, at least of the first string of the camel caravan.  The camels are turning out well.  I hope the same will happen with the tents, though they’re a bit trickier to manage since I have to create a rigid frame yet allow for it to open and close around the poles.

Definitely trickier.

Worst part was that try as I might, I could never find the oh-my-god-it-hurts-my-eyes chartreuse fabric I wanted for the tents.  I found (and ultimately purchased) neon orange for 99 cents a yard.  But none of the spectacularly tacky green that is our company’s identity.  I’m gonna pick up some felt tomorrow in that hue and probably employ it to create our own team flag.  The tents, alas, will be restricted to blinding shades of yellow and orange.

The one thing we have in our favor is that by being the scrubs in a lot of respects, we were forced to be creative.  The second is that not one but THREE of us are artists.  So we split up the big jobs between us and here’s hoping the end result will be as awesome as I expect.

One of my partners in crime is bringing in an “Aladdin’s Lamp.”  I would dearly love to drop some dry ice into it on the day of the judging, to get a nice hazy smoke effect.  Unfortunately we don’t yet know yet which day judging is going to be, nor do I know where to obtain dry ice on a whim.

The infamous Clown Pillow

See the subtle imagery? This low-key bit of household fluff holds a terrible secret. Its very design is based on the exaggerated stylings of CLOWNS.”



LAST-MINUTE EDIT:  A long while back I think I mentioned having a set of clown pillows.  Whilst not actual images of clowns, these deceptively soft things carry secret weapons: a set of three (each) oversized metal-backed buttons and the famous Ringling-Brothers-worthy color blocking.  See what I mean???

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