Moron Mountain 2.0 For The Unpodcast

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Alpine Climber

A new challenge for Just Keeping Busy.  I enlisted myself to create a mountain, but not just any mountain. This is a special mountain for some special people who are trying to educate people and businesses on the right and wrong things to do while serving the general public with online services.

Scott Stratten the creator of the Un-Podcast series, on his Un-Marketing web site, co-hosted and written with Alison Kramer, direct their topics in addressing things that happen in business that should not happen and offer recommendations on how other businesses can avoid the same mistakes.

These two have a mountain, that they call “Moron Mountain” (no relation to the mountain by the same name in “Space Jam“). This mountain contains the names of people and businesses who have not been too smart about choices that they have made in business and customer service.  The severity of the incident determines where these names end up on the mountain. The more offensive the incident, the higher the name ends up. The idea is based on the game show The Price is Right’s Cliffhanger Game. In this TV game, there is a mountain climber that is moved up the hill and stops when it reaches its price goal. On the Un-Postcast, the climber moves up the hill to the level of offense by the company in question.

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The Original UnPodcast Moron Mountain

Up to this point they have had a wonderfully made mountain, assembled by Alison’s kids. While it served its purpose, it was made out of foam board and paper and it had put in its time. They needed one that would be more durable to handle the travel back and forth to and from the studios they use for the videos. In their Un-Podcast episode #25, they made a challenge to anyone who could make them a new mountain. The task was asked and the task was accepted.

Mountains can be moved, mine is moved and made one piece at a time:

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The first part was cutting the wood to the appropriate sizes:

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Clamped together to make sure it fits

 

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Measured twice and cut once

A slot was cut in the backboard. For what you say? For the climber of course:

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Made some legs and cut the climbers slot

Some legs were created and all the pieces were screwed together:

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Front, everything screwed together

The climber is going to be able to be moved up and down the mountain, and stay where they place him till moved again. My own invention will make this possible:

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The climber mechanism, my invention

It’s paint time, I took some green spray paint to apply for my base color.

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Spray paint base

I then, using white and different shades of blue created a sky.

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Blue Skies

Using shades of brown and grey, created the mountains and white for snow caps.  a couple streams will create a nice upstream without a paddle feel.

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Added a few niceties, trees, and grass, boulders. Look out for those rapids, they’re white capping big time.

I sprayed on clear acrylic paint for a clear coat to start. Complimented the decor with a little 3-d effect with some rocks, and yes they’re real.

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Close-ups

And of course, it’s not complete without the Alpine Climber, ready for any adventure.

 

Being at the bottom of this mountain is a good thing if you end up on it at all.

The Top, NOT so much … Just ask Air Canada .. 😦 sad for them.

Ok, now to let it sit for several days and then I will spray on a clear coat of paint to set and seal it well so that all their stickies with the unfortunate souls’ names will stick well and be able to pull them off with ease if they redeem themselves.

The mountain was shipped carefully to Canada in 50 feet of bubble wrap and Kraft paper. Arrived there in one piece and found it’s placed on the set of UnMarketing UnPodcast #34.

 

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