Transit Romance 135

Bus Stop
Today I had such a romantic bus ride! I’ll probably never see the guy again (but then, with my ironic life you never know haha) but it was really cool just to share a moment with someone. This nice curly haired boy was sitting across from me smiling and after avoiding eye contact for what I realized was no reason I finally looked back at him. He was rocking out to some song and then laughed when he saw me watching him. After a minute he offered my a headphone so we both leaned across the aisle to share a moment of music. It reminded me of lady and the tramp a little bit… only less messy and meaty. Then more people got on so we had to severe our connection. The seat next to me became available and he moved into it. He kept playing different songs he liked and it was really cool to have this completely stranger just share the things that made him happy with me. I shall share with you some of the cool songs I discovered today:

We mostly listened but exchanged a few words about instruments and some jokes I couldn’t quite hear but laughed at anyway.

I love that I can be single and still experience romance. And that connecting with another person doesn’t have to mean anything or have a future or a past. Just a moment. A shared happiness? Maybe he’s gay. Maybe he is in a relationship. Maybe he isn’t looking for one. Maybe he’s vegan. Maybe he’s not. It doesn’t matter! It was beautiful.

I considered trying to do some sort of contact info exchange but it didn’t happen organically so I got off at my stop with a name and some songs in my back pocket. Thanks Tony. Maybe this is my missed connection. Maybe it’s just a moment. Oh and we grew up in the same area… Magic!

Don’t forget to smile!

Cool Immersive Apps and Experiences

Lately I have been introduced to a bunch of really immersive media experiences! I wanted to share some of them with you.

I recommend closing your eyes, finding a comfy, immersive chair, and experiencing the following…

The virtual haircut is an interesting experience. Didn’t work for me at first so try to find some good headphones for this one.

GO DOWNLOAD THE INCEPTION APP. I almost bought an iPhone just to use this. I honestly have had so many crazy experiences with this thing. One of my friends cried while using it and at first it really scared me but it was definitely worth trying and experimenting with.

RJDJ is another cool sound based app! You can make your own songs and have some really cool experiences!

Walking in Brugge
If you want to have a low-tech immersive experience you can take a “sound walk”. According to this website

A form of active participation in the SOUNDSCAPE. Though the variations are many, the essential purpose of the soundwalk is to encourage the participant to listen discriminatively, and moreover, to make critical judgments about the sounds heard and their contribution to the balance or imbalance of the sonic environment.

In order to expand the listening experience, soundmaking may also become an important part of a soundwalk. Its purpose is to explore sounds that are related to the environment, and, on the other hand, to become aware of one’s own sounds (voice, footsteps, etc.) in the environmental context. A soundwalk may be scored in the form of a map which the participant uses both to guide the route and draw attention to features of acoustic interest. The map may also act as a score, directing the performer’s listening and soundmaking activities in a way that is not limited to a specific locale.

Basically, don’t talk to anyone, don’t get lost inside your mind, walk, and listen. It’s sort of like a very active form of meditation.

2010 Silent Skytrain Dance Party

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.