Saturday, March 14, 2009

Why a zombie nurse? Why not?

This morning, we went to a flash mob down at the Planet Hollywood to support United Way. Interesting...I've never been to one. Basically, 200 people showed up at the casino, picked up their matching shirts, and stood still for two minutes. Fun, and good PR for United Way and Planet Hollywood.

All things about good intentions and supporting your local community aside (it wasn't a fundraiser, per se, but we thought it would be a good opportunity to indoctrinate the kids into thinking about supporting charities...I usually prefer to donate money to local organizations and not supersized fund aggregators); I think as soon as a superbig organization like United Way sponsors--nay, instigates--a flash mob, it is no longer cool. Cool, as in holy zhit, I just saw five hundred people dressed as zombies having lunch at the park this morning; how COOL! A multi-billion dollar group co-opting a  grassroots thing like flash mobs is the corporate equivalent of playing The Game. (you just lost, by the way.)
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My night is all laid out for me: dinner, 1k words on Aquarium, short story outlines, beer (channeling Hunter Thompson for inspiration) and Stepbrothers (Will Farrel movies help the brain turn off in a way not even beer can). Speaking of movies, we watched Silence of the Lambs last night on Netflix...I forgot what a great flick that was. I'll be doing Buffalo Bill impressions for the next week or so.

Now, put the lotion back in the basket and get to work!

8 comments:

Natalie L. Sin said...

Are the lambs still screaming, Clarice?

Jamie Eyberg said...

coon Rapids sounds so boring compared to where you live.

Jeremy D Brooks said...

Nat: Hopkins is awesome...

Jamie: it has its moments, but that goes both ways...A lot of really nasty things happen here every day that aren't even important enough to make the newspaper. Fatal car wrecks, for example, only hit the papers if it is a slow news day. So it kind of balances with the cool stuff that you see here...

K.C. Shaw said...

I've never heard of a flash mob thing, but it sounds like fun. But yeah, anything organized by someone Official (in any capacity) automatically becomes Uncool. Funny how that works.

Jeremy Kelly said...

Hey, have you seen Manhunter from the late seventies/early eighties. Its a film by director Michael Mann (Heat, The Insider)? Anyway its really good - its the prequel to Silence of the Lambs!

Jeremy D Brooks said...

Cool, I'll have to check that out!

abrokenlaptop said...

Sooooo...what are your plans on Thursday? What's that? Meeting up with other writers? Awesome.

Come if you can! I haven't been there in two months. :P

Jeremy D Brooks said...

Oo, thanks for the reminder...I need to RSVP still. It's on my wife's calendar to watch the kids, so, magic 8 ball says: (shake shake shake) "outlook good"