This Sunday I want to my second flashmob of the year. WHERE’S WALDO! It felt really good to be back doing silly things in public, especially since I missed the impromptu singing on public transit recently!
We went to a book store and entertained the workers who were SUPER CONFUSED! And just being there in general was pretty funny. In the food court I heard some boys saying “I just saw another one! There are so many!”. Made. My. Day.
I was emo waldo haha! “He’s missing, and it makes me feel so blue”. Overall it was really funny and interesting to be part of. My lack of red kind of reminded me when I played the Emo Kid in High School Musical back in grade 11. Good times. It was too bad we never found Waldo, but then I feel like searching for him is half the fun. Do you ever really, truly find Waldo? And if so… what’s next?
My sign said “BE THE CHANGE (LIKE THIS SIGN)” on one side. The other side said “Please & Thank You” with a smiley face saying “Raa!” and a picture of a sun. My mom told me it looked juvenile. I told her we aren’t all artistic haha (I FAIL at arts and crafts).
At times it was a little bit uncomfortable for me. On a few occasions we got to chanting negative things about protests “Ban protesting”. I went to the event because a) flashmobs are amazing and b) it was kind of a joke about protests. I think protests, sit-ins and other activist campaigns can be good. They raise awareness and help to educate people. Also, as a participant it’s good to know that you aren’t alone (in your beliefs). A few times I had to remind myself we were being silly, and poking fun. I mean protestors chanting “Ban protesting”, you must admit, there’s a little irony there : P
We did meet some opposition…
via flickr user eych-yoo-bee-ee-ahr-tee
However for the most part it was good fun. We marched, chanted, played duck-duck-goose, sang, and danced…
These dudes are wicked!
I met some friends of friends, and got to use the megaphone! Awesome! I think my favorite chants were “When I say flash you say mob”, “Eat crayons, poop rainbows” and “I have a sign”. It was cool when people would smile back at us. We even made one girl’s day (she told us so haha)! Also, this was a good opportunity to practice being a “Yes!”, sometimes someone would yell something strange but everyone would just go with it anyway. Sometimes I said strange things but everyone just went with it. It helped me to accept ideas that were different from my own and be open to new things.
Everyone met at Burrard Station and then we went to the “secret location”, which was Metrotown. There was a little confusion because the guy told everyone to go to the Atrium Court when he meant the Grand Court but we figured it out. They kept asking everyone to look around and see the people that were with the group (so that everyone could tell when others were freezing) and I was
identified as “blued haired chick” : P
After the first freeze we all went to the skytrain platform and did it again. The second time was easier, I was more focused. During the first freeze I almost lost it several times. COMPOSURE! It was good fun and on the rude home we met some other Surrey people and theatre kids. I’m sure i’ll be out at more flashmobs like this in the future!
What can I say, I am a lover of flash-mobs. It all started last August when I found out about the Zombie Walk via Facebook. I went with my friend Alison and had a really fun time. On Saturday a local group called Vancouver Improv Anywhere hosted the 2010 Silent Skytrain Dance Party and it was super fun time. We met at the VAG and for a while everyone was doing that awkward “I wonder who else is here for the flashmob” thing, but then they pulled out the megaphone and we were off.
To start things off (and later to finish things) they had everyone do a congo line from one platform to the other.
Then we would board a train, do out thing for 4 stops and get off to wait for the next train. It was really entertaining to see people’s reactions. Some people got really pissed off, I remember this one guy started yelling when we got off the train, saying how now he could enjoy his ride in peace. Lots of people whipped out their video cameras and stuff. I considered asking one guy if he was just gonna stare or join us : P
I also met a slew of really cool people. It seems like lots of people that are into musical theatre also like flash-mobs haha! At one point I asked people what music they were dancing too and I met a bunch of Panic! at the Disco fans! I also found out that a bunch of my fellow partiers had been to a bunch of the same concerts as me. I’m always so glad to meet other awesome people!
The guy who hosted it filmed a bunch of stuff so i’ll post that video once it is online, this was taken by another dude. You can see me (3rd in the congo line) at the beginning of the video : P
Overall it was a super awesome experience. After it ended I couldn’t help but giggle when I saw people plugged into their headphones, I kept picturing them dancing : P
Next time i’ll remember not to wear so many layers, phewf! It was a true Vancouver workout.