And now, a word regarding my sponsor. No, "sponsor" isn't the right word (although, given how much he's invested in his whacky daughter over the years, he might disagree). "Progenitor" is more like it, although "Dad" is the most appropriate word of all.
Anyway, sometime in the mid-1980s, my dad started restoring small-format antique gasoline engines. It began as a little project and blossomed into an extremely rewarding hobby for him. The hours he used to spend in front of the TV are now invested in greasy old gears and rusted wheelie-like stuff (that's technical terminology) that he transforms into beautiful, perfectly working engines. Talk about steampunk! He lives and breathes the artform!
And as of this morning, he's blogging about it! Please check it out if you get the chance (or send your menfolk to do so if this bores you silly), and leave him a nice comment. This blog thing is new and uncharted territory for him, and I know it would mean a lot to get some good feedback!
Thanks, everyone! I'll return to papercrafting in my next post!