(earlier version with pics is on moderator-approval hold)
Hi David, all:
As I mentioned briefly earlier, 3 friends & I would like to come, and have plans for an Art Car that would relate to the camp theme.
We got a Taylor-Dunn utility vehicle off Craig's List. Our idea is to make it into some sort of giant phone as in the pics below. We could also make some giant handsets, modeled after the handset from a Model 500 phone, but about 2 ft. big, with cell phones embedded, so the actually work. We might have a portion with a switchboard for people to do the Lilly Tomlin skit from Saturday Night Live where she's Ernestine the operator saying "We don't care. We don't have to. We're The Phone Company". (At the time in the 70's, The Bell System was almost para-statal and could be arrogant).
I got tickets for us already (splurged on the holiday pre-sale). And we'd like to park a mid-sized RV, if there's room.
PS: we're renovating the electrical system. It'a a 48v system, with 8 6v 225 AH deep cycle batteries. On a test drive we managed to melt a battery post! Shows what happens to poor connectors and lots of amps, so we must check all the connectors. So, replace a fuse, a pair of batteries, the dashboard charge indicator, install a high current manual cut-off switch, install fancy new quad-bank smart charger. Will maybe add an inverter, and we could be a jumbo-UPS!
Ernestine: A gracious hello. Here at the Phone Company, we handle eighty-four billion calls a year. Serving everyone from presidents and kings to the scum of the earth. So, we realize that, every so often, you can't get an operator, or for no apparent reason your phone goes out of order, or perhaps you get charged for a call you didn't make. We don't care!
Watch this... [ she hits buttons maniacally ] We just lost Peoria.
You see, this phone system consists of a multibillion-dollar matrix of space age technology that is so sophisticated -- [ she hits buttons with her elbows ] even we can't handle it. But that's your problem, isn't it? So, the next time you complain about your phone service, why don't you try using two Dixie cups with a string? We don't care. We don't have to. We're the Phone Company.