newsworthy collection of restored arcade machines set up in their basement, and had recently purchased a "Back to the Future: The Pinball" machine to add to it. This was truly a momentous occasion, and the celebration was certainly warranted. To honor the event, I decided to dress as Marty McFly. I mean, who doesn't want to be Marty McFly right? Obviously an easy enough question to answer, but the thought that others might also want to dress as Marty didn't cross my mind.
I went on oblivious until I asked my brother who he would dress as. Of course, he'd be Marty. Knowing full well that having two Martys encounter each other in the same time-space could create a time paradox (the result of which could cause a chain reaction that would unravel the very fabric of the space-time continuum and destroy the entire universe) I knew I'd have to bail on my original plan. So there I was, a week before the party with no costume and no clue as to how I should dress. I thought back to my childhood grasping for ideas and asked myself, "What was the greatest thing to come out of the '80s?". While I had many favorites, it finally came down to the Transformers and the DeLorean time machine. And then it hit me: you can be both!
I got out a pad of paper and a pencil, and spent my weekend taking measurements, and sketching designs. By Monday I had all of the material I needed ready (a bunch of cardboard and rolls of colored duct tape) but was still short on time. For four days after work I sat in my man-cave and worked on my creation. It was a learning process, to say the least. I'm not an engineer by any stretch of the imagination, so mixing form and function to a workable end was a trial-and-error experience. By Wednesday, I had all the kinks worked out, and I began to flesh out my cardboard skeleton. By Thursday night my work was complete: I had created my Transformer-DeLorean, and an accompanying Flux Capacator to go along with it.
The transformation (take note of the sweet Autobot logo on the chest).
Christina as the Flux Capacitor, me as the DeLorean, and Daniel as Marty. Thanks to Adele and Stephanie for the photos.