Carol Cody of Penobscot spends more than three hours a day in the car during her commute back and forth to work in Augusta. While she’s driving, she has lots of time to daydream and plan, be it what to do with the foster cats she takes in with her partner, Bob Gross, or logistics for the hunter’s breakfast at which they volunteer each year.
About two years ago, she came up with a plan to turn the garage at the home she and Gross share into a replica of a pirate ship, that they could decorate for Halloween each year. Not a seaworthy one, of course, but a pirate ship nonetheless.
“My mind wanders on the drive,” said Cody, an accountant for the state. “I know it probably sounds crazy, but what can I say? I have an active imagination. I love dressing up. And I could just picture the whole front of the garage being like the front of a ship.”
It’s usually up to Gross, an instructor at Maine Maritime Academy and assistant fire chief for Penobscot, to help realize Cody’s boredom-induced flights of fantasy. After acquiring a pile of old wooden floorboards, it wasn’t long before the front of their garage was transformed into the hull of a pirate ship — complete with cannons spouting “smoke” from fog machines, a mast with sails and rigging, and a plank for scallywags to walk down.
Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.
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