Reversing the Numbness

Monday, March 12, 2007

My Flash Mob Idea

About a year and a half ago or so, flash mobs were getting a lot of press. Of course this gave me an idea which, given the warm weather of late, I should probably have brought up a couple of weeks ago. But I didn't remember it until yesterday, so I'll bring it up now and maybe we can make it happen next winter.

I'd like to organize a different kind of flash mob. We -- and by we, I mean any of you who are close to Morgantown, preferably if you have access to a pick-up truck -- wait until we get a very big snow. It needs to be good packing snow, too. When this happens, we all get together with a couple of pick-up trucks and build the body parts of eight snowmen. We don't put them on top of each other, but we do decorate the individual parts with coal, sticks, carrots, holly, or any other cool, bio-degradable stuff we can think of. Then we load up the trucks and wait until the middle of the night. This would work better if it's still snowing, so there will be next to no traffic.

Next, we drive downtown and quickly assemble the snowmen -- two on each corner, opposite sides of the street, at the corners of High St. and Willey, Fayette, Walnut, and Pleasant -- and we take off.

Finally, an photographer accomplice follows us down the street and shoots some photos, just in case some humbug destroys the snowmen before the morning traffic begins.

It's performance art. We take not credit. We only use bio-degradable stuff so we don't break any littering laws. It would be unprecedented; eight snowmen on High St. If we want to really take it to Calvin-and-Hobbes-type levels, we could even make the snowmen on opposite sides of each corner interact with each other.

It could make for a fun evening.


getto said...

Check it- we do an "Abbey Road" takeoff with the snowmen crossing Walnut. Or better yet, we do the Chili Peppers rendition with socks and all. Schweet idea!

Zee said...

Love the Abbey Road idea. It'd be an obvious traffic obstruction, but any motorist that understod the reference shoud be more than happy to back up and take a detour!

g2thelow said...

It would be fun to so it when there was no snow on the ground. Of course, making the snow poses a bit of a problem, as is keeping the snow mob "alive" long enough for people to see. That would really freak people out.

SleekPelt said...

Yeah, it would be. Have eight extra deep freezers, by chance?

I think I'd also consider recreating some of Calvin's greatest snowmen scenes. Classic stuff there.

The Dalai Mama said...

OMG! I love the Chili Peppers idea! I like the Abbey Road one too, but it would definitely need to be done when there isn't acutually snow on the ground. Could be a bit tricky.

rebecca said...

That is so awesome! I ♥ flash mobs!

SleekPelt said...

rebecca: Ha! Well, if you're ever in Mo-town on a snowy weekend, you are so in.