With a tree now in my possession, it was time to put it all together. The next phase in my plan required the following elements to be in place:
- reckless abandon
- Wife’s schedule to know when she’s going to be out.
STEP 1: Make like a tree and start decorating.
STEP 2: Customize with a personal touch
- A bag-load of Intel and AMD CPU’s from old work PC’s. Some were destined for the Eco-Station. Others are just from jerks who will have some serious startup issues Monday morning.
- A ton of old memory sticks.
- old DVD’s and CD’s
- old USB keys
CPU’s make awesome decorations due to their golden underbelly. So I used about twenty of them. Same with the memory sticks. If you have access to old cell phones, Blackberry’s, or iPods then you could really make your tree something amazing to behold. For good measure, I also put on about a half dozen dreidels as Hanukkah is also happening the same month. Why? Because up yours Santa, that’s why.
STEP 3: Things I couldn’t get away with, but maybe you can.
Depending on your homes tolerance for geek, you may or may not be able to get away with adding other things to bring it up a notch. For example, replacing the angel with a skull from a T-800 Terminator would absolutely crank your tree to the higher levels of nerd-dom. But my wife probably wouldn’t go for it and my in-laws already think me and my damnable electric guitar are straight from the pits of Hell anyway. Best not to push my luck.
In lieu of expensive orb balls, go for CD’s. Put about 20 of them in a spindle and drill a hole through the entire batch in one go! Then string them up and you’re set! It’s the perfect way to get rid of Jim Carrey’s Grinch movie as well as your kids entire Care Bear video collection.
Now our tree is here and awaits Boxing Day. That’s when I take it to the backyard and pour a gallon of gasoline on it and light it up. Despite what you might think, the kids love it. Figures. The little heretics.
So on behalf of myself and the Parrot family, Merry Christmas to everyone! Just try not to get into too much trouble by following my advice o’tay?