“There are three things which the public will always clamor for, sooner or later: namely, novelty, novelty, novelty.” – Thomas Hood
So the 2012 Olympiad has begun & eyes across the world are fixed on all sorts of sports & similar activities. Now gymnastics, track & field, swimming, or equestrian events are crowd favorites (maybe I’m the only one who fancies the equestrian events). But there are some sports that just seem to be novelty sports, like 1992’s solo synchronized swimming or race walking. Now, I’m not saying either of those aren’t sports, I’m just saying let’s stop & think about what this entails doing in public. People will do crazy things for glory, fame, & little shiny circles on the ends of ribbons.
But I shouldn’t really comment because this week I’ve done something almost equally ridiculous in front of a whole lot of public & I’m not sure if the reasons were any better. The interns at the company I work for decided to put on a flash mob for the teen girl magazine that we produce. They organized the entire thing & so all I had to do was learn the dance (choreographed to Christmas music) & show up with a friend.
Our group hit up Union Station with a vengeance; composed mostly of the SUSIE staff & local readers (though a few gentlemen were in attendance as well), it reached about 35 members, but felt like 50. It was exhilarating to have that 007 secret agent feeling & I kept wondering if the people I saw walking around were in on the flash mob or not. When the music started, I was pumped & ran into position, ready to go. My face was stuck in a huge, albeit nervously twitchy, smile. In a twirly section of the dance, I got distracted by the guy behind me in business attire & couldn’t help but laugh. Flash mobs really are great equalizers. At the finale, we struck our poses & then dispersed. Mob managed, awesomeness achieved. It was nerve-wracking, brilliant & one of the most rewarding things I’ve done in public. Take that, Larry Young.