I have this friend, Heidi, see. And she's amazingly creative and expressive and wonderful and is a very wonderful friend. She makes body puppets and has an amazing business around their creation and expression. For my birthday in July, she gave me a painted card with a coupon on the back good for one pizza body puppet. Of course this is awesomely rad, so I cashed it in and she began her work. I've received various text images on my crappy phone depicting what I can only assume to be the various stages and sketches of creation, but I was still pretty much in the dark about exactly what I would be receiving.
Jump to December, the last pizza sunday of 2012. A friend was going away for the holidays and wanted some deliciousness before his trip, so he sponsored a pizza sunday with all the fixins. Deliciousness ensued.
My amazingly creative and expressive friend Heidi shows up after telling me she was up all night and wouldn't be able to attend the event. While on my mid-cook break, I asked her to tell me about this body puppet she'd been working on for months to get an idea of what exactly to expect. She told me that she has to go to the bathroom, but she'd oblige me as soon as she came back. And oblige me she did!
The staff you see in this picture was my trusty walking staff for nearly 2 years (photo by craig bortmas). I found it in my back yard and cut it down myself. The stuff of fairy tales, I tell ya. I took it with me every time I went walking with my son, and spent a lot of time caring for it. It sent me on many crazy and interesting adventures, and started a whole new chapter of my life.
Sadly, this year at comfest, the staff was stolen from the art car tent on the last day.
Coincidentally, one of my art car friends, Bob Madrid, had recently started carving walking sticks out of wood he'd been drying out the last 5 years. He brought a small army of them to show off at the festival. He mentioned carving one for me in passing and I told him I had all the staff I needed, but appreciated the offer. That was until my staff was pilfered. Now without, he has agreed to carve me my very own staff. In exchange, I agreed to do a pizza event for his 25th wedding anniversary. That event was Sunday, July 28th.
Nick Gore was a corporate peon by day who just made the leap to full time pizza geek. Follow his path to world class Pizzaiolo right here on the GoreMade Pizza blog. Also, check out the facebook page.