Ergo, The Pinewood Derby is Dave's baby.
In the hours before Dave's return, John and I sat in front of my I-pad as I Googled variations on "Quick Pinewood Derby Cars." Problem was, Google thought that by Quick I meant Fast when, in reality, by Quick I meant: Easy, Requires Minimal Effort, Will Not Involve Spray Painting at 1:00 a.m. or Blow-Drying at dawn.
I tried "Pinewood Derby Cars You Can Make in an Hour."
Google does offer a naked car with a decal that reads "My Dad Wouldn't Help Me." You know, I think I'd be good with that. But where The Pinewood Derby is concerned, I am simply the Quartermaster, the purchasing agent, the suppliers of stickers and spray paint and possibly a cold beer.
In my four years of blogging, I've had a handful of posts that have gone fairly far into cyberspace. "Viral" would be a gross exaggeration, but some posts get shared and re-shared. Funny enough, a frequently shared post is When Dr. Who Meets The Pinewood Derby.
Of the roughly twelve cars we've produced, this was by far the coolest and -- get this! -- it was incredibly easy!
Here's what makes this car easy:
- It's a rectangle!
- It's one color!
- The writing and windows were printed off the Internet and glued in place!
- The window frames, I think, were pre-fabbed balsa wood we picked up at Hobby Lobby for a song!
- We didn't finish it in an hour, but compared to other cars, this baby was easy, easy, easy!
To the untrained eye, this probably doesn't look all that complicated, but, please, trust me when I say don't try this at home.