Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Flash Mobbing, rain and freezing temps
Ever since I saw a video of a flash mob, I knew I wanted to be a part of one. The happy surprised looks on the faces of the unsuspecting audience, the feeling of being a part of something awesome, the hint of joy at being sneaky like you're pulling off a big prank, all a big appeal to me. I searched on google until I found a local group who organizes them, and planned to join one as soon as I could. They didn't have too many last year, and as it happens, I wasn't able to go to the few they did. But I got a message a couple of weeks ago that they were planning a new one, so I jumped right on it. Last weekend we were supposed to meet somewhere (I don't want to give too many details and ruin the surprise for anyone from Houston who may read this) and do a mob to support an animal shelter. I bought my donations for the shelter and eagerly awaited Sunday morning. I knew there was a chance of rain, but the group said they would be there rain or shine. When I got up Sunday morning, an hour late, I jumped out of bed, got dressed and grabbed my bag of donations, only to get an email a few minutes later that the rain was so bad it was called off. Bummer. Not to worry though, because they were rescheduling it. So I have to wait a week, so what? It'll still be an amazingly cool thing to mark off and hopefully get a good video of for the blog. Last night my neighbor told me it is going to be 32 degrees on Saturday. 32! It's Houston! How is that possible?! I would just wait for the next flash mob opportunity, but given how things went last year, I know I may not get another chance for a long time. Sometimes when you really want to mark stuff off your list, you just need to seize opportunities as they come and suck it up if the conditions aren't perfect. Rain, cold, too early, too far away...it's not always ideal. But the satisfaction you feel after you do it anyway makes it that much sweeter. Not only will I participate in a flash mob, I'll participate in one in the freezing cold. It may not be as much fun for me as I'm doing it, but it'll make an even better story to tell, right?