Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Good Morning Brain :-)
In my industry there is a boomlet leading up to the holidays but not during the holidays. Christmas is not a good week to send all your furniture out to get reupholstered or paint your Kitchen or move into your new home. So typically, my Decembers are slower. I take vacation time and I get restless. Some might say when I am restless I am also irritable. Even cranky. Maybe impossible. My business life mostly returns to normal just after Epiphany. But during the 12 days of Christmas I have few commitments. In times past I used this window of opportunity to do all the end of year chores but since all of that is on a spread sheet now I just push a button and it's done. To tell the truth, I am not even the person pushing the button.
Mermaid and Blowfish routinely encourage me to do creative things for my own enjoyment. To explore my love for all things creative in ways which differ from the volumetric art which is interior design. This book is a collection of creative problem solving exercises. They could also be described as fairly typical art school assignments. Here is today's challenge from page 158:
" Do you remember the lunchbox thermos? OK, how about lunchboxes? Lunch?
Lunchbox thermoses were the defacto standard for transporting liquid refreshment to school, work, anywhere that such refreshments would be needed, The lunchbox thermos would fit perfectly in the lunchbox, and wold be blazoned with whatever character/design adorned the lunchbox itself. Usually made of plastic, the lunchbox thermos had a screwtop lid, then a second topper which doubled as a cup, complete with handle. The beauty of the lunchbox thermos was it kept things hot or cold, depending on what you needed. Alas, modern packaging has rendered our old friend obsolete. Water in plastic bottles, fruit punch in aluminum pouches,milk in cardboard cartons with straws. The lunchbox thermos just can't compete anymore. Your TASK today is to come up with 10 alternative uses for the lunchbox thermos."
So far my favorite is to use it for the sanitary transporting of my toothbrush
just to annoy the TSA.
How about a really cool sewing kit? Pin cushion built into the cap so it will stay put and soforth.
You could make a pretty interesting bird feeder or bird house.
I can't but wonder what would happen if I showed up at Starbucks asking for a
I could list all ten but really what I want to do is share this task with each of you :-)
Please leave in the comment section your ten, or two or just one great one would be welcome.
I anticipate great responses. Afterall I've read your haikus!