I feel like this blog is not going in the correct direction. With being at school and having little free time to dedicate this, I have been overly selective with the missions I complete, choosing them for ease rather than the outcome. When I started this, I viewed it as a way to connect with the world, to bring unsuspecting people together, to make people notice things they normally wouldn't, to do different things.
I have completely failed at the majority of those goals lately. There is one mission that was posted early in the year that will require a huge chunk of time and planning, but it is the one I want to do the most. I have to be in Jacksonville to pull this one off, and with a month-long winter break ahead of me, I feel like I can accomplish it.
In the mean time, bear with me. In the next month hopefully I can do some of the more difficult ones that I have set aside in a folder on my desktop with the screaming title "REALLY WANT TO DO."
I hope I can pull this next one off, but there is a good chance that it will be a bust. Keep your fingers crossed.
I now wake up, think of everything that is possible in my life and in the world. I turn over, and I see the sky.
Allison and I are thinking about covering our entire ceiling in images of the sky since we are enjoying this one little bit of it. David took a photo of the sky everyday in 2008. They can be seen here: http://davidhorvitz.com/2008_sky.html
I am sick of waiting for exams to be over. I am sick of waiting for people to get over silly grudges. I am sick of waiting for an idea. I am sick of waiting for free time to come back. I am sick of waiting for so many things.
I was not a happy camper during this. My roommate thought I was crazy when I asked her to take a picture. "Hey, can you take a picture of me after I randomly cover my face in shaving cream, and cite a blog for the reason I am doing it?" She was perplexed. All the while my other roommate, Allison (who just started LettersFromAroundTheWorld.tumblr.com) laughed because she knew exactly what I was doing and why. But she didn't help. Thanks Allison. Thanks. It all got in my eyes and it stung horribly. Needless to say, washing my face has never felt more relieving than it did after this was done.
My roommate, Allison, has watched me attempt to complete a number of these missions and she was most recently fascinated by Mission 6 - Returned Letters From Around the World. She watched the video I made showing everything that Kelly sent me from South Africa and she loved the idea. the chances of finding someone like Kelly to send something back is rare, but she is going to give it a shot and see what happens.
She has started a blog on tumblr (http://lettersfromaroundtheworld.tumblr.com/) to document everything she sends and receives.
Perhaps this weekend we will both be sending out a slew of letters.
Jenn Anderson is beginning her own blog, http://poproject.blogspot.com/, which is similar to David's in that its all a social experiment. Check it out.
"Monday, November 30, 2009 Address:) Jenn Anderson PO Box 236 Dousman WI 53118
Project #1. For a dollar I will take a picture of the sky, get it printed, sign in, mail it to you, then delete the file. You will be the only one to have this picture--ever.
Just a few reminders: -Money you send covers the cost of the activity (like printing pictures) and postage. If after postage and the cost of the activity there is money left, I will mail it back to you OR keep it in an envelope with your name on it for future project. -Make sure you include a return address (that's legible) on your envelope you mail me. -Each project will last one week. I will post a new project weekly, usually on Monday or Tuesday. This means that your mail to me needs to be postmarked by the end of the week! -This is for fun! Let's see how many projects we can do, and have fun while doing it:) -Email is email@example.com
I completely forgot to revisit this Mission. A few days after I sent the baggies with the cameras from Fort Lauderdale, I went home to Jacksonville and they had both arrived. Although no pictures were taken. I am not surprised since it is against the law, and unsafe, for post men to open mail, even in a plastic baggie.
Since that did not work out, I am going to try something different. I am going to buy two more disposable cameras, and give them both to my school mail men, and tell them to just go to town with it.
At one time or another, all of these images, and the links to the videos listed below, have been emailed to me by my mother, Elaine. The message is always “If they can do it (get along), than so can we.” As you may surmise, my mother and I are very different and do not always get along.
I think there is something to that in the attraction these images have for so many people. Animals are also very cute and fun to look at.
Besides the awesome cuteness factor I believe these images and stories remind us of a prelapsarian past where Adam could call the animals by name and the lion would lie with the lamb in perfect contented harmony.
Kitten and Fawn set to What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rooyt3ptNco
Elephant and Dog (Tara and Bella) http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=4696315n
Kitten and Crow http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JiJzqXxgxo
Hippo and Tortoise (Owen and Mzee) http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x8v2xu_the-tortoise-and-the-hippo_animals"
Along with the email, there were these images attached:
I apologize for the complete lack of blogging lately, on all of my blogs. I am in the middle of moving back to Virginia, but when I get there I will have lots of free time to knock out some of the new missions, a lot of which I am very excited about. Give me a few days to transition, then everything will be back to normal!
I was able to mid-direct 14 people at Kennedy Space Center today. It was very easy to do since most of the people there are not looking where they are going, and just looking upwards at the rockets and whatnot. I did not want to be rude and get right in front o someone, but many times I was bumped into, and the person would look around, seeming somewhat confused.
Today I was at Kennedy Space Center, and I though that would be the perfect time to meander about to walk into pictures. I never wanted to be in the very front of a picture, so I just walked along the background or just stood off to the side. There were a good amount of foreigners and I just pretended not to hear when they attempted to get me out of their pictures. It was great fun.
Along with the camera I received in the mail yesterday from David, I also got a picture of the sky sent to him from someone else. This is an amazing cloud picture taken from a plane. If you took this picture, let me know. I love it.
If you are viewing this blog well after the first post, you will be lost. Every few days throughout 2009, David Horvitz posts a task of some kind on his blog for his readers to complete. I am attempting to complete as many of them as I can. They range from simple things, such as mailing an empty envelope, to far more challenging and almost impossible tasks such as turning off all of the lights at a major intersection.
The link to this blog can be found in many random places, such as on dollar bills, post its on light posts, fliers stuck to your car, written on walls. If you have come across this blog from any place aside from StumbleUpon, let me know. Email, twitter, comment. Thumbs up.
To view all of the posts associated with a certain mission, look below in the tags and pick the mission.
"DO SOMETHING EVERYDAY, REGARDLESS. NOTHING WILL HAPPEN UNLESS YOU FIRST INITIATE A PROCESS OF CAUSE AND EFFECT. THIS STARTS WITH AN ACTION. REAWAKEN THE POSSIBILITY OF POSSIBILITY. REAWAKEN IT WITH PLAY." -David Horvitz
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