Today, with the help of my lovely wife and some previous help from Matt Londre and Brian Campbell, I finished a project that spanned a week and took up almost all of my free time.
Bluth’s Original Banana Stand is complete.
But it’s not quite over yet. Tomorrow, we’re going to be carting a 12’ tall banana around the Bay Area. Guessing that it will be much like driving a stair car.
An early thank you to Brian, Jackie Taylor, Robbie Taylor & Steven LLevano, who will be here at 7 AM to help me get the banana on the trailer and hopefully not be arrested (get it) with me as we try to complete the final step of this adventure.
Hopefully not the FINAL step. I’m still holding out hope that this banana (in a perfect location for a photo) gets me a walk on role. I’ve already made myself a vanity license plate, so…
Every few months, my wife and I take a “pilgrimage”. No, it’s not a 420 mile walk from Newport to Berkeley. It’s a two or three week journey where all we watch is Arrested Development until we get through the series. No sports (except the Bluth-Sitwell softball game and a few games of father-son catch), no awards shows (well, OK, the Desi Awards), and no movies (unless you count GANGY, The Ocean Walker, and Les Cousins Dangereux… the French… I like the way they think). Unlike Oscar, we always make it to the end.
We had just finished said pilgrimage when I heard about the BluthWalkOn contest being put on by Netflix. First, huge kudos to Netflix and the people behind Arrested Development for the idea, it’s a great one. Fresh off AD overload, my wife and I decided to try our hands at an entry.
A Mrs. Featherbottom musical? Maybe too ambitious. (Worth revisiting, though).
A Franklin puppet? Couldn’t find any talking magazines.
Dressing up as Motherboy (the band, legally obligated to make that distinction) and putting on a show? Worried about child services.
Finally, we landed on the most iconic piece of Arrested Development: Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana.
I’m no carpenter, but with the help of some hermanos (… thanks Matt Londre and Brian Campbell, fellow AD fans), I was able to construct the shell on Sunday. Now, under a tarp in my backyard to protect from the rain, it awaits paint.
The sign was the most challenging part, a 12 hour sketch, paint, sketch, paint, touch up, paint project over three nights this week. I just finished yesterday and I couldn’t be prouder.
The stand isn’t to scale, but it will be about 13 feet tall when complete and I’m hoping the 30+ hours of work that went into building as close to a replica as I could will help the judges. (That, and my inner beauty).
On Saturday, I’ll post the picture of the completed stand sitting in my back yard. However, my official submission will come in the form of a photo in a specific location. I think it will seal the deal.
On the next Arrested Development…
OPEN TO: Crushed Prius under the banana, which fell off a trailer.
Narrator: Matt finds that transporting a 13 foot tall banana isn’t as easy as he thought.
MATT: I’ve made a huge mistake.