I presented the June Bug and my senior project paper, “American Car Culture,” to the Chicago Waldorf School and community last Friday. Senior projects were presented over three days, and I was the last presenter on the final night of presentations (Friday night) it was around 8:30 p.m. and I knew the audience was tired, so I decided to punch the presentation up a bit and have some fun. (Here is the link for the video if you want to click over and watch.) My hands were a bit busy during the first part of the presentation and it took me some time to hit my stride, but I did achieve my goal of interacting with the audience and I think both the audience and I had fun. Thankfully, my audience seemed to agree with me…or at least they snored softly.
The June Bug showed up for the presentation in all her finery—new seats, new dashboard, new carpeting and new hubcaps. Behind the scenes, she has new soundproofing that makes her ride quieter, and under the hood she was completely restored. June loved the attention from all the people who wanted to autograph her. She was even agreeable when it came to taking some of my classmates for a ride.
Next, I want to take you for virtual ride in the Bug, finish my update on the different models of cars, update the autograph video showing off all of June’s new friends, and continue to collect autographs on the June Bug. My goal is 1,000 autographs, the funds from which will allow me to paint her this summer. Don’t worry—even after she gets a new coat of paint, the autographs will be always be a part of her and remembered visually in the video.
Additionally, I want to continue to use the June Bug to promote the idea of people (especially teens) working with their hands. I hope to share more of the benefits that I have discovered personally—benefits that have come from repairing, restoring and creating. Maybe with my mom’s help we can write an e-book. I have a far-off dream of creating some sort of space with different types of tools and perhaps a garage where people can come together to work on various projects…
Over the next three weeks I will be interning for an import auto shop, where I will have the opportunity to work on all different kinds of cars, including my Audi. Today was my third day and I am enjoying it a lot. It’s very hands-on and the work is varied. When the internship is over, back to school I will go to finish up my senior year, which includes producing our senior play, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (I’m not sure what part I’ll play, but I will be lead set designer—very exciting), a class in transcendentalism, a two-week trip to Hawaii (it’s a service trip during which we will be working hard, checking out those beaches for this and that), and then I’ll graduate in June. I’ll drive the June Bug to graduation; I really hope I am not becoming attached to that bratty Bug.
Thank you so much for going along for the first part of the ride. Thanks to your support and encouragement, I’ve accomplished so much. I hope you will stick around for the second part of this journey. It will be so much better with you along for the ride, and now you have a comfortable place to sit and put your beverage! Heat, you say? Well, we won’t need heat for much longer… Chicago has a wonderfully invigorating spring breeze.
A few pictures—This weekend we will go for a ride.
Front Seats – Carpet
Essential Cup Holder