STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- It isn't that Tim Gardner has nothing to do. He has a job at Walmart and a steady girlfriend. But the man from eastern Pennsylvania still finds time to knot thousands and thousands of rubber bands together and stretch them onto a rubber-band ball that weighs 400 pounds and lives in a museum on Staten Island, N.Y.
Lives in a museum? Well, no. "Occupies," maybe.
But it's hard not to think of Gardner's ball as a living thing. He talks to it -- "Don't crush me, I gave you life!" -- remembers its birthday (Aug. 2, 1999) and even named it: Timmy Jr.