I recently mentioned on Twitter & Facebook that Crappy Boy was pretending to be a robot. This is that story…
It is morning, just after breakfast and Crappy Boy climbs into the big, empty cardboard box that is still sitting in the dining room. It has been sitting there for at least two weeks and I keep meaning to take it out to the recycling bin. If it sits there any longer we’ll all just stop seeing it and assume it is part of our house. This happens.
Anyway, he climbs in and then tells me to open the box.
I open it and he stiffly stands up:
He explains that he is the robot we ordered and he was shipped here in the box.
I ask him where he is from and he replies:
We question him further and discover that he will follow simple commands, like “Robot, go pick up that toy.” And he does it.
I like this robot.
He also has a multitude of buttons. One button makes him do a robot dance. One button makes him speak in beeps. One button makes him speak English. One button makes him say “poop” over and over. Crappy Baby presses the “poop” one.
Oh, and one button reboots and resets him.
We are particularly interested in that one. He assures us that it is working.
And we soon put it to the test. We ask him to wash his hands and he doesn’t want to. He even breaks character for a moment:
He shuts down:
And then he reboots:
So we repeat the request as a robot command:
And it continued to work all day long. Even the bedtime routine requests were followed. “Robot, brush your teeth” and “Robot, put on your pajamas” and all of it! It was magical. And also hilarious.
After the Robot was asleep, Crappy Papa and I talked about him. I asked:
And he replied:
Unfortunately, the robot has already left the building. According to Crappy Boy, he had to go back to Mexico for repairs.
I’m not sure when he is coming back, but at least I now have an excuse for that big cardboard box still sitting in my dining room.
PS – you may notice my blog has moved from typepad to CrappyPictures.com and got a little facelift. Thanks to the magic of foliovision, all the content and comments were moved over and all I had to do was bite my nails and worry. But I’ve been doing that for years so it was nothing new.