Sunday, August 10, 2014

GISHWHES Day 2 Pt I: The Seattle event

Sunday, August 3, 2014

I seriously couldn't keep myself in bed and finally got up at 7:30am. I had to prep for this very serious item:
On Sunday, August 3rd, at 12:00 PST, someone from your team or a representative of your team, go to Miller Community Center ( 330 19th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112. You must follow the directions for this event posted on our UPDATES page. Submit an image here for your team that Misha directs you to at the event.

French Maid outfit w/ headpiece
Still life hat

Information on the Updates page has been removed, but the directions called for a very specific French maid dress code, a still life hat, a couple signs and willingness to hold hands. Here's what I gathered.

Though 4 other members of the HaveSaltWillTravel team live in the area, the rest were all busy with work or previous commitments. So I would be attending alone. Well... sort of.

I arrived early at in Capitol Hill because... parking. :( Fortunately, I didn't have too much trouble finding a spot, so I headed to Safeway to grab some food.

Immediately after walking in, I noticed two other GISHERS (the term for GISHWHES participants), as evidenced by their french maid costumes and the still life elements on the table in front of them. I smiled and headed over to say hi, but as I got closer, I noticed the mess of pieces, the glue gun and the slight look of panic on one of the lady's faces. I quickly asked how I could help and began adhering fake birds, fruits and flowers to a paper bowl. These gals had driven from Idaho that very morning to be a part of the Seattle event, but had overlooked their still life hats. Now, 1 hour before the start time, they were scrambling to complete them, for fear of not been admitted in (this was clearly specified on the Updates page). 

By the way, we finished. And it just so happened that I was able to complete another item on the list:
As GISHWHES certainly isn't all about dog-eat-dog competition, find someone on another GISHWHES team and surprise them with an act of thoughtful generosity. Make us tear up. We must see the team name or Username of the individual you are helping.

Fast forward lots of waiting in line in the Seattle sun, cramming into a packed gymnasium and patiently waiting for Misha Collins (Lord of the GISHWHES) to arrive and don a french maid outfit for himself. 

Lo and behold, we've broken a world record! The most people gathered, dressed as french maids. Wait, two world records? Also the most people wearing themed hats (still life). How many people were there? The number I heard was 830-something. Many more than that gym's capacity, that's for sure.

The 3rd and final record we broke that day was the longest, unbroken human chain to pass a hula hoop. This think this:

So much time in the sun. I'm ready for shade and some much-needed hydration after that.

Next up: Speed Puzzling

Read the first post of the series GISHWHES: The craziest week of my life

1 comment:

  1. This looks like a lot of fun!!! Is that real fruit on the hat?? I'm constantly looking to attend interesting events being hosted in Seattle venues to make my weekends, and this looks like just the thing. I know it's very late, but congrats on the records there. Kudos!