Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Derby Tale

With only an hour or two to spare before the big race, our pinewood derby call was still just a block of wood, two axles and four plastic wheels in a Ziploc baggie.

I was in the kitchen and realized I hadn’t heard a peep from Noah in quite some time. Somewhat akin to the physiological reaction sparked with a toddler suddenly gone silent, my nervousness was piqued and I peered around the corner to see Noah whittling the wood with a razor blade (city kids, our woodworking tools are sub-par, at best). He stepped into the kitchen for the occasional supply – raiding the recycling for an empty spaghetti sauce jar and surveying our limited selection of paint colors.

He kept a lid on the progress and I kept a lid on prying questions until he popped his head around the corner – “how long does it take papier mache to dry?”

Against my better judgment, I finally inquired about the plan.

It would be an understatement to call Noah’s plan brilliance. But because I have no other words, let’s go with brilliance. Sheer brilliance.It had all the makings of a prize-winning vehicle. And because the mean age of Noah’s competitors was roughly 6.7 years, the odds were really stacked in Wienermobile’s favor.Wienermobile met an unfortunate fate, though, when it proved too tall for the track's restrictive gates.

Not to be deterred, Noah made some impressive last minute adjustments. Much to the chagrin of his pint-sized opponents, Wienermobile 2.0 performed exceptionally well. Beating even that most formidable of opponents ... Wrench Car.Wienermobile 2.0 went on to compete in several heats, remarkably (even, confusingly) securing top honors each time. It wasn't until its final run down the track that Wienermobile 2.0 fell behind Empire State Building and Wii Remote (with fully-functioning buttons).

Between you and me, I think Noah was a little relieved to come in third. He may have been a little self-conscious about being the only adult to come with his very own car and sans his very own kid. Plus, he'd received some pretty menacing looks from the Holman boys about his blatantly non-regulation-abiding vehicle.

Competition - and deep-rooted biases against processed meats - can be brutal.


Corey, Alisa, and Elsie said...

Oh my hilarious! I laughed out loud with the wiener itself attached to the car! Creative is totally an understatement. You guys are fun.

Casey said...

Haha. You are too funny. That was quite the Wienermobile. And I don't care if you have kids or not, you should have won just for its good looks.

Hannadam said...

I loved the last minute adjustment. How creative!

Robby Spratt said...

I just want to know where he got that wiener on such short notice.

allyn said...

go noah! i was having fun imagining him slaving over the wood block with a razor blade. was his tongue hanging out and his brow furrowed? hilarious. surprising, though, that other fatherless brothers were not as involved.

hope your trip west was fabulous!

mamafurniss said...

I loved the wienermobile, I am impressed you even know that ad. Looks like it kept Noah entertained for hours

Brandon and Erica said...

haha, I don't know what's better, the way you tell this story, or that nasty shriveled hot dog atop Noah's makeshift car!

Creative and Brilliant, I agree.

I will have to show Brandon this post, he will be proud of his buddy.

Claire said...

Love it!

Kami said...

Love your weinermobile (both editions) and your witty story telling! So cute!