February 16th, 17th, and the 19th of 2012 - I started this book production scene in the dish pit of The Moon Colony, a few moments after my fellow Suds Buster Kelly and I finished our moon chores for the night.
We use a lot of chemicals in the pit like "Oasis 146 Multi-Quat Sanitizer," which was the chemical once contained in the jug I was inspired to turn into your book cover. I was nervous playing Bookmaker Jake at work. I didn't offer much explanation to my fellow employable Kelly, but he didn't need one. He was ok with taking the photos and chilling out for a few minutes while I cut the jug and ran it through the dish machine.
I biked the jug home in my grocery basket that night, and began work on it again in the late afternoon. No sooner had I started we got an invitation from our friend Aaron to join him for a movie on the big screen in his basement. I asked him if it would be ok if I made a book while we hung out. He agreed, and I packed up my bookmaking props and we walked over to Aaron's house.
We talked at his table while I cut and stacked your pages, folded the drawing, drilled the holes (using Aaron't drill, because mine was out of juice), and started my binding moments. Then, after Aaron popped us some of his fabulous popcorn, we retired to the basement to watch a movie with a name I've forgotten. But, here is what it looked like while I bound your book in the dark -
I was able to finish the binding at Aaron's house, but I didn't get back to this scene until Sunday night after a Saturday I will never forget (the day my family gathered to move my grandma's things out of the apartment she shared with my uncle), a birthday party for Emily's friend's one year old, a ten mile run with Emily, and a hard-earned beer. I was worn out by the time I finished this book for you, so I didn't smile in the signature shot I pasted into your currency booklet/bookmark. I didn't use this one -
This book has a couple interesting features: a used CD case I rivited in to hold the currency booklet, an inner cover made from my new hire packet, The Moon Colony's "at-will" employment policy glued to the inside of the outer cover, a bungi cord I found at my grandma's apartment in the move on Saturday, and my first elevator quote from a Moon Colonist: I walked in the elevator and the Colonist assumed I was a cook. I corrected her, telling her that I was a dishwasher. She paused, looked sympathetic, and said, "Well, at least you're not on the streets". Ha! Welcome to The Moon Colony!
PROP COSTS: $15.18 + (STORYTIME WORKED: 6hrs 29min x OUR EXCHANGE RATE (based on fed minimum wage): $7.25) = $62.18