Awards and kinetics

Nicole Young pilots The Gladiatrix through the sandpit, as her pit crew push it along.

Nicole Young pilots The Gladiatrix through the sandpit, as her pit crew push it along.

I had the privilege this year of helping make some of the trophies awarded at the Klamath Kinetic Challenge awards ceremony.

James Brown usually does the honors, but this year he was also creating a sculpture for 16-year-old Nicole Young to pilot. Nicole has been a pilot for a number of sculptures throughout the years, but there wasn’t a ride for her in 2014. James said he would build her a sculpture, if she would attend in 2015.

Not unlike most first year sculptures, The Gladiatrix had some¬†experiences that didn’t go as expected. Lessons were learned and will be put into practice in 2016.

In creating some of the trophies, I decided that James deserved an honor of his own. He’s competed for Tule Kween three times, but has always been a princess and never the Kween. However, he is a prince among men.

Who else would run around the Basin looking for kinetic sponsorship money, make trophies and provide a sweet ride for a young lady?

The week before the race, James’ mancave chair broke. He needed a new throne, and I believe he has the Catbird Seat of kinetics. So, Dawn Jennings Peterson procured a chair, and I used some trophy supplies to create his official Catbird Seat.

The Catbird Seat.

The Catbird Seat.

So there is an entertaining photo of a cat, and a cutout of the kinetic pelican applied to the chair with Marine Goop. For those who may not remember the James Thurber short story “The Catbird Seat”, it was about a wonderful daydreamer by the name of Walter Mitty. Personally, I have some wonderful Mitty moments of my own.

I believe the chair was “just right”, as Goldilocks would say.

James Brown in his Catbird Seat.

James Brown in his Catbird Seat.

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