Updated: Aug 28, 2019
A ghost trap, that is. This iconic tool of the Ghostbusting trade is completely 3-D printed. Forget vital organs; make me a toy! This addition to my anti-paranormal arsenal marks the last component of my uniform. (Or so I thought.) It was purchased mainly due to the continued requests of my mother-in-law. It's good to have family in your corner when you go to great lengths to be goofy!
When this came in the mail the other day, I was disappointed to find that it had been damaged in shipping. Its arrival was intended to be the blog's first-ever "unboxing" video, as that's what the kids are into. The video was indeed recorded, but unveiling a busted (ha, ha) trap proved anticlimactic. The valve on the back had broken off, taking some paint with it. Also, the "bar graph" LEDs on the top had fallen into the trap. All of this required some Gorilla glue, a black Sharpee paint pen and more patience than I had at the time. I'd taken photos of the damage, but after I fixed everything, I deleted them. My wife suggested to me a couple of days later that they would have made a good blog narrative. Whoops.
The trap came without any decals. To some (i.e.: pretty much anyone else), that would have been a non-issue, but my OCD wouldn't allow me to walk away. (OCD stands for "Only Concerns Dave.") I purchased the appropriate stickers on eBay, not realizing at the time that they came as a solid sheet, and needed to be cut with surgical precision. Yay for extra work! I used my wife's paper trimmer for the job, and they came out really clean.
As Dr. Ray Stantz once admonished, "Don't look directly at the trap!" Always the rebel, Domo didn't heed this advice in our photoshoot. He'll have to live with the consequences for the rest of his life:
Let's close out this article with an anonymous, unshaven hunk. He looks like he's going to have an aneurysm! (Full disclosure: It's me, after a particularly grating week.) For more Ghostbusting adventures, sans trap, click here!