As announced yesterday, it’s Choose Your Own (Bleeding Neon) Adventure Week here at, um, Bleeding Neon. I received a few suggestions yesterday from the geekosphere, but I can certainly use more, so feel free to hit me up in the comments below, on Twitter, or via old-fashioned e-mail.
First up is a topic proposed by Gordon Dymowski of Blog This, Pal!, who asked me on Twitter to write about “fun things you can do with cardboard.” Well, Gordo, just remember, you asked for it, and as I am a child of the 1980s, cardboard is quite prominent in my upbringing. And it’s totally not because I was raised by homeless bums. Really!
- First and foremost, and perhaps most dearest to my heart, breakdancing. Whenever I see cardboard on the floor, that’s always the first thing that comes to mind. I can’t help it. I grew up surrounded by a culture intent on capitalizing on the b-boys and b-girls by crafting fine cinematic diversions such as “Breakin'” and, um, “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo.” So yeah.
- Building forts, spaceships, castles, other imaginary domiciles. OK, so there are real people who HAVE to live in cardboard boxes out there. I get it. I’m sorry for your situation. But let’s face facts: When mom and dad brought home a new washer, dryer or — the holy grail of all cardboard boxes — refrigerator, it was ON. Playtime had begun. I could spend hours arranging cardboard boxes in various configurations to enable my overactive imagination. To this day, if a cardboard box appears in my house, I instantly stick my dogs inside to allow them the same joys I experienced as a child (they don’t seem to be as amused). When I have children, I will likely do the same. Go ahead and put Child Protective Services on speed dial now.
- Weapons: Chinese throwing stars cut from notepad backing boards. Swords derived from wrapping paper tubes. Nunchaku comprised of paper towel rolls and string. The possibilities are endless. And have you ever gotten a cardboard cut? YOW.
- A bed: I mean, even if you’re not homeless, you may be a weird little Pekingese dog that likes sleeping on cardboard.
- Cardboard robots. ‘Nuff said.