This post has everything! Men! Doing Manly Things! With Power Tools!
Actually, this is the second time this had to be done since the first time, as our friend Gary said, “the rodent got his head smashed”. So it’s actually a Born Again Mickey Lamp.
Mickey lamps got popular at campgrounds a few years ago when someone figured out how to make one for their site in the Fort Wilderness campground. It immediately got all the other guests attention, but instead of keeping the trick to themselves and being all “seagull” about it, they told 2 friends and they told 2 friends…
… meaning they posted it on the web in Fort Wilderness forums.
Last year, Gary told us how he built one for he and his wife, Carol. As he mentioned things like wattages and something-or-other clamps and globes, we begged him not to let us set ourselves on fire when we hooked something up wrong, and instead build it for us. He nicely agreed.
He gave it to us last December; it looked so fantastic! We decorated it with garland — it was beautiful! And then breeze — timber! — smashed Mickey.
John said we’d fix it. Oh, wait, he might have been serious about that. Oh well…
… we were soon begging Gary again…. … and he said yes! Again! We couldn’t believe it either.
So now we’re up to date! And so we begin….
Unpacking the pieces
Gary even nicely gave the technical names. The piece above is called a “plug”.
John adds a subtle piece of Fort Wilderness advertising.
One Mouse head: check!
Time for manly actions!
Men using tools: check!
I asked Gary if he drank all the case of vodka so he could have the box. He muttered something about no, since he swore off vodka following an incident with the Orange County, Florida police department when he was 17. You know, that’s got to be a great story.
Sooner or later, someone has to ask: "What the hayle is that?"
Things progress nicely:
"This should work. I saw it on This Ol' Mouse."
John then took a moment to let me know, quietly, how much he loves me:
I love you too, honey.
Now, you can’t do such sensitive work without some sort of protection, even if you think you can. John and Gary thought they could, but saner minds prevailed. Which is why Zoe took it upon herself to guard us from the rear:
The Few, The Proud, The Guard Dogs
And Elphie guarded the front:
Judge me not by my size
Gary and Carol’s other dog, Zac, took the heavy responsibility of relaxing and then going inside to enjoy the air conditioning. Which is what Morgan and Casey were doing.
Meanwhile, I promised you power tools:
"If this doesn't work, we'll get out the duct tape."
(…after I bought a lightbulb and put the pole and head together when we got home….)
I put the bulb in all by myself! BEAMING PROUDLY!
Like I said in the beginning, these lamps rule the campgrounds, but Gary spread the joy around to more of our friends who plan to use them in their outdoor decorations. So we can’t gloat everyone gets a piece of the magic!
Right now, ours is shining outside, like a beacon to Narnia! And I didn’t even think about the fact that our neighbor across the street is a big Fort Wilderness fan, frequently going there, and can see our lamp from their house. Okay, maybe I thought about it a teeny bit… …which is why the spirit of Walt Disney made Mickey’s ears go out. But it’s fine now. I shouldn’t screw with those neighbors anyway; she’s my doctor. Never tick off your doctor.
We did ask Gary if he’d make us a third one if we broke this lamp post too. He said:
Just kidding, Gar!
If you would like to make your own lamp or have a friend who will it for you, please read How to make a Micky Lamp Post. Good luck!