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.
For this mission, I bought prints of my three favorite sunset pictures. One I took in 2007 in Hawaii, and the other two I took in St. Augustine in 2008. On the back of each one is written "A sunset, for you." There are 30 total.
I did not take a picture of myself doing this, because the man at the UPS store seemed pretty concerned for my sanity without me taking pictures. At first he wouldnt let me send it, but eventually I lied and said I have done it before and they let me then. So, it eventually got sent out. He told me over and over that I can't be angry if it is damaged, and I told him I don't care. To be safe, I sent two. I mailed one to my house, and one to my dad's house, who lives on the other side of the neighborhood, but has a different post man. So that will be interesting to see. Hopefully they actually took some pictures. Although, how the world is these days they may think "ANTHRAX!" and just not open the baggie. I will be home in Jacksonville on Saturday, and I will get the pictures developed then (if anything even comes in the mail, and if any pictures were even taken).
$8 - Lowes, bought flower seeds for a future mission.
$20 - Valet at my building for Jenn's parking
I bought ice cream the other night and used some of my written on dollar bills, and then my friend Jenn got ice cream after me. The ice cream man gave her one of my dollars as change, ad I told her to tell me where she spends it.
Last night I got $100 out of the ATM, and I wrote on eahc of the twenties. I know that defacing money is a crime, and it goes unnoticed on dollar bills. We will see what happens now.
I made my little ad for a walking companion and got them copied at Kinkos. Then this afternoon, while walking around Las Olas, I stuck them on cars and taped them up in random little places, like in the middle of a tunnel. While putting them on cars in a parking lot, I was stopped by a security guard. He told me that advertisements were not allowed. I told him it was not an advertisement, just a little note. He asked to see it, and I felt immediately self-conscious. He looked at the note for a whole minute, then looked at me like I am crazy. We talked for a little while, about what I am doing and what I hope to get out of it. We talked about my future plans for some of the larger missions I am working on, and what I plan to do if someone wants to go on a walk with me. He was worried for my safety, and told me never to go on a walk alone. I told him that I didn’t think anyone would really want to go on a walk, but I am hoping they do. While talking to him, a car drove by with a family inside. Their window was down, and my friend Mr. Blackburn the security officer stopped them, then had me give them a sheet. The man didn’t even open it, he was already looking at me like I was crazy. The security guard took my flier with him, and I told him to let me know if he wants to take a walk sometime. “Probably not…” haha. He does have the link to this page though. So, Mr. Blackburn, if you are reading this: Hello. Thank you for letting me post my silly little notes.
Each mission that I completed today involved someone else. The security guard. The barista. The woman in the pink dress. I hope these missions continue to affect other people.
I have about 50 fliers left that I will give out and put up in Jacksonville next week.
Did you see my post it, my dollar bills, or did you get a note from me, asking to take a walk sometime? Let me know.
Want to go on a walk? Email WalkWithKate@gmail.com and let me know.
I wrote “The sky looks nice today.” on 6 post-its, and went down Las Olas and put them on parking meters and light posts. I was standing on a corner with another woman, and while waiting to cross the street, I taped one above the crosswalk button. She looked at the post-it, looked at me, looked at the sky then remarked, “You know what? The sky DOES look nice today.”
I got $20 out of an ATM, cashed it in for all ones, and wrote “Please don’t leave me” differently on each one. So far, I have spent $5
$1 – Someone’s parking meter was expired, and I put in a dollar.
$4 – Starbucks frappuccino. I felt like I was laundering counterfeit bills when I bought my frappuccinoin all ones with “please don’t leave me” written on them. I gave the nice cashier my money, and he gave me my change. As I was putting the change into my wallet, he handed me one of my dollar bills. “Here, you gave me $5.” “Oh, did I?” I began to take the dollar, but I was pretty sure I gave him $4. Then he said, “Oh, wait. You did give me four. You know how I remembered? This one ways ‘please don’t leave me.’ I guess that’s why it says that. To make me notice.” This made me smile.
For this, I clicked around on Google maps. The first one I chose was Mt Eliza, Victoria. I chose this one because I have a friend that moved there years ago. The second I chose was South Africa. I have never been anywhere in Africa aside from Egypt, and Egypt hardly counts as Africa. I decided to get two vey different areas of Africa, so I chose South Africa and Madagascar. The last one I chose was Madrid. My favorite painting is housed in a museum in Madrid, and I have never been there. Since I cannot get to the painting, I figured I could send a piece of me to the general region.
To get an address for all of these I took Google Map’s advice and searched “pizza” in the general area. I made each of the addresses one digit off, and put my own name as the recipient in hopes that it gets returned.
The farthest away I can get from Jacksonville, Florida – Varanasi, India
Jacksonville, FL 32210 to Jacksonville International Airport
1. Head northeast on Wadham Ln toward Water Oak Ln 2. Turn right at Water Oak Ln 3. Turn left at Long Bow Rd S 4. Turn left at Roosevelt Blvd/US-17 5. Continue to follow US-17 6. Continue on I-95 N 7. Take exit 363B to merge onto Duval Rd/FL-102 8. Slight left at FL-102/Yankee Clipper Dr
J.I.A. Main Terminal Entrance to Varanasi, India
Jacksonville (JAX) Depart to Atlanta (ATL) Terminal SOUTH TERMINAL 276 mi
Atlanta (ATL) Depart to Mumbai (BOM) Terminal 2 INTERNATIONAL 8,500 mi
Mumbai (BOM) Depart to Lucknow (LKO) 735 mi
Lucknow (LKO) Depart to Varanasi (VNS) 153 mi
Varanasi Airport to Palace on Ganges Hotel
1. Head west toward NH 56 2. Turn left at NH 56 3. Continue on Jaunpur Rd 4. Continue on Kautilya Kon Rd 5. Sharp left to stay on Kautilya Kon Rd 6. Sharp right at Kachehari Rd 7. Turn left toward Varuna Bridge 8. Turn left toward Varuna Bridge 9. Continue straight onto Varuna Bridge 10. Continue on Raja Bazar Rd 11. Continue on Lahurabir 12. Turn left at Godowlia Rd 13. Turn right at Sonapura Rd 14. Continue on Bhadani Rd 15. Continue on Pandit Manmohan Malviya Rd 16. Slight left at Sankat Mochan Rd 17. Turn left 18. Turn left 19. Turn right Destination will be on the left
Palace on Ganges Hotel B-1/158, Assighat, Varanasi. Pin 221001 Not Specified, Varanasi, 221001, India
Last week, I was at the Fort Lauderdale museum. The exhibition I was at was the private collection belonging to four people. One of these people was David Horvitz. His name sounded familiar, so I Googled him. Instead of learning who the collector was, I found the website of David Horvitz, the MFA student from Brooklyn. I recognized some bits of his website from past uses of StumbleUpon. Things like, "If you give me $1,626 I will go to the small Okinawan island called Taketomi and send you an envelope filled with star-sand (don't worry, I've been there before, I know where to go). I will send it from there." While at the museum, I poked around his website via my iPhone, and found his blog. Each day, there was a post of a screen shot with a task for the reader for that day.
I am now on a mission. I plan to complete as many of his tasks as I can.
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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