Got four minutes? Then maybe you can check out this piece of recent canal-top fun. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Is it lonely in here? Just me? Okay.
You’re done? Oh good — I missed you! Uh, you know, a little bit. Well, being by myself and all, no one to talk to… Aaanyway, so, no, it’s not the smoothest flashmob ever, definitely not the best camerawork, and the music pieces weren’t even spliced together very well. Why did I waste 3 minutes and 28 seconds of your life with that? Because it makes me so happy to see people actually organizing this kind of thing for no reason at all — and in the town I live in no less! Who says kids these days have no get up and go?
(I will admit disappointment at seeing that only the lead dude seemed to be on skates, though. I mean, these kids attend a university that’s on the canal. How cool would it have been to see the first ever (that I know of) flashmob on skates?! You can’t tell me there weren’t at least two or three figure skaters in that crew. Not to stereotype, but we live in Canada. Come on.)
I know flashmobs are old news now, what with the caroling in the food courts, and all manner of mass transit stations under song-and-dance attacks at all times, but you know what? I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all. In my opinion, they’re the ultimate form of rebellion against all the apathy and frustration and just general irritation that wears away at everyone who seem to grow up and suddenly take themselves too seriously.
After all, what’s the worst that can happen if you’re in a spot that gets flashmobbed? If you have somewhere to go, you just walk around all the people suddenly standing still and whipping their cellphones out and keep on your merry way. If you’re not in a hurry, you get to watch some people putting on a show they’ve worked on together, and are happy to perform for YOU. (Well, and whoever else happens to be around.) If you’re in the middle of an argument with someone… hey, maybe you’ll be inspired to lighten up and cut each other a little slack. There is no downside, as far as I’m concerned.
If you’re wondering why I’m busy waxing rhapsodic instead of putting my money where my feet are and organizing my own flashmob, that’s a valid question. After all, I’ve failed (for two years now!) to join Thrill the World, despite my already having taught myself about half the dance. (Come on: zombie makeup and dancing in public? There was no way I wasn’t going to be into this. Do you even know me?!) I clearly haven’t mobbed any of the local establishments in my area (I promise you guys videos if I ever do), so why all the jibber jabber? Not entirely sure. I just know it makes me happy to see people putting time and energy into something so constructive and ultimately flat-out positive. I’m sure there’ll be a tonne of comments on those videos from friends and teachers saying nice things, hopefully far more than the few negative ones saying those students have too much time on their hands, or it’s a lame attempt to jump on the trendy bandwagon, or similar. I guess this is my way of trying to add a little positivity too.
(On a related note, if anyone wants to remix a pop song with lyrics proclaiming the awesomeness of flashmobs, I promise to choreograph something (yes, that’s right, on skates, motherfucker, and no, I’m not a figure skater) and make it happen.)
In other news, now that my bigotry in favour of flashmobs, public serenading and general happy arty outbursts has been documented, I’ll move on to a quieter form of the arts. I figured I’d announce (a little early) the children’s literature book for March! Courtesy of Mike, we’re going to be reading The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, by Terry Pratchett. (Don’t read too far into that article if you don’t like spoilers; the plot summary is right at the top.) I found it funny that although I’ve seen the book (probably on my sister’s shelves; she’s the one who got me into Pratchett), and my deep love for the author, I’ve actually never read this one. As with the others (none of which I’d read; this rotation of book choosers is awesome!), I am looking forward to it!