back to the story, I then took my first close-up look
at her. She was a mess! All her clothing was badly faded,
her hands were cracked, chipped and dirty, her neck was
chipped, her shoes were dented, and her hair! Oh, the
poor girl's hair! Looked like she had been growing dreadlocks
for the last 20 years! On the positive side, her face
looked to be in pretty good shape. I then opened her dress
to take a look inside. Amazing! Not a pneumatic in sight!
One motor, one transmission, two cams and that was it.
Not only that, but she worked as soon as we plugged her
in. Not bad, I thought. However, it was obvious that she
was going to need a complete overhaul if she was going
to be used with any regularity (which at that point was
still being debated by the VPs at the Boardwalk). A museum
piece or a working girl. That was the controversy. So
we wrapped her up and took her home.
in Santa Cruz with her newly strengthened body, fixed
shoes, restored hands, repaired neck, it was time for
phase two: The mechanical.