Monday, March 30, 2009

World's Largest Live Where's Waldo Search Party

Ok, gang, this one's an Austin original: during Eeyore's birthday party, we are going to stage THE WORLD'S LARGEST LIVE WHERE'S WALDO SEARCH PARTY.

It'll be on April 25th, but because we'd like AT LEAST 50 Waldos, we're getting the word out early. This mission will be led by Indiana Adams.

What we need from you: come to the party dressed as Waldo. That's right. Make a red and white striped shirt to confuse the crowds. Someone will be deemed the REAL Waldo, and if a non-participant actually manages to find him, they will win a prize, provided by The Alamo Drafthouse, Sweet Leaf Tea, and The Hideout Theater.

Our meet up location will be the west side of the Lamar pedestrian bridge (just north of 15th Street). As always, come early to find parking. The meeting's at 2:00 p.m. and we WILL be doing a large group photo (Waldo style) so get there early to make sure you're in the photo!

If you do not have a red and white striped shirt, come to a Where's Waldo shirt making/ planning party on Saturday, at 2:30 p.m. on April 4 at Agent Adams' house (this will be in place of our regular monthly planning meeting)! Bring either a white or red shirt, and we'll help you stripe it! If you DO have a striped shirt already, come to help plan the mission!

[Facebook event page]

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Spy on SX Reminder!!

Greetings, Agents! Agent Stall here. I am writing you personally to deliver a message I received from a REAL spy named Michael Westin who needs our help getting his life back!! He needs you to spread the word and make sure you bring all of your friends to the mission this Saturday! Its a matter of LIFE AND DEATH!



If you have any other questions about the event feel free to message us or post on the wall of the Facebook event. I'm SUPER PSYCHED I can't wait to see you all there!

Regards,
Agent Stall

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Freeze Mission Reports

This was a really long time coming and we're sorry for the delay, but heeere it is!

Sheena:
"I froze at the olive bar, in the motion of grabbing a container. I hate olives. That was just where I happened to be, trying to look busy long after I was done shopping. I froze when I saw the girl on the crutches and her friend go still -- my phone alarm never went off.

I probably spent the next 5 minutes wondering what I was going to do when the freeze was over because I still didn't want any olives. When my freeze-end alarm did go off, I scooped up a few olives anyway to make it look natural. A few minutes later, I dumped them out and got something else in the same container. Hey, you can flash mob and still go green, right?"

Agent Cuda:
"Right before the freeze, I was standing in front of the deli counter talking to a deli employee about my food choice. I'm dressed like a biker - leather jacket, Harley Davidson skullcap, carrying my helmet and riding gloves. As soon as my phone buzzed in my pocket at 12:15, I dropped one of my gloves on the floor and bent down to pick it up – and I froze in this state (and I found it's hard to keep this pose for a full five minutes, especially toward the end).

So less than twenty seconds into my frozen state, a Whole Foods employee walks up to me and starts asking me if I was okay. Of course I didn't respond or move at all, so she got on her walky-talky and started calling for help by saying, "Yes, I need some help by the cooked food deli, there's something wrong with a gentleman over here, he's not moving. We probably need to call the paramedics…" At this point, some other employee walks up and the woman tell him to stand behind me to catch me in case I started to fall over. I'm bent over thinking, 'Wow! How are these two employees completely oblivious to all of the other people around us who are frozen?' And it's still a mystery to me how they didn't notice, but the woman keeps explaining to the other employee how something happened to me when I went to pick up my glove and I just stuck in this state like this. It was all I could do to keep from laughing, but I managed to hold it together.

Finally another Whole Food employee walked up and asked the helpful woman what she needed and after she told him there was something wrong with me, this third Whole Foods guy says, "Uh, look around. Most of the people in the store are like this right now!" The Whole Foods woman apparently looks around her gasps, "Oh my god! What is going on?!" She quickly scuttles away, embarrassed I'm sure.

Someone pushed their cart between me and the deli counter, running over my foot with one of the wheels. Another man picked up my glove for me and placed it on my back."

Agent Awesome Blossom AKA Rachel:
"So after the freeze, my two friends and i were walking out of whole foods and down the street. We came across a group of guys that were walking towards whole foods. They stopped us and the conversation went something like this:
-Were ya'll just in whole foods?
-Yeah why?
-Were you part of the freeze?
-The what?
-You know we everyone stands still, did you see that?
-Umm, no.
And then we walked away. I guess someone in whole foods had called them and told them what was going one. It was hilarious to see their confused faces. lol"

Agent Mo:
"I froze at a table by the Italian bar right next to an elderly couple. People were walking by saying "what's going on?" but the people next to me didn't seem to acknowledge what was happening even with people frozen within inches of them. Then their daughter came up and started talking to them about it. It became apparent that they were not from around here. When we unfroze, they asked us what we had been doing and I said it's just something we do here in Austin and they were like "ok".

Also, I did hear the girl by the olive bar ask her friend why she was taking a picture because you wouldn't be able to tell, and suggested they would need to be taking video to be effective.

I had a great time and am glad I went to the meeting afterward because people had such funny stories. Thanks to the organizers."

Agent Melissa:
"Awesome mission! It was great to see so many people come out. I remember way back when to our little pillow fight. Looks like FMA's doubled (at least)- yay!!!

Liked being one of the special "red shirts" (thankfully we didn't die like in an original series Star Trek episode).

I was standing back by the deserts holding a box of chocolate bark (8 servings per container... I'll remember that forever now). My highlights:

-little kids saying "Mommy, why are they all doing that?" and the parents trying to explain
-an older lady trying to maneuver her cart through everyone (didn't ask anyone around me to move, just silently tried to get her shopping done)
-someone thinking we were an advertisement (advertising what I wonder)

and the best one:

-halfway through the freeze someone in the fish area made a store-wide announcement. "Attention Whole Foods shoppers! Come to the fish counter and pick up some Arctic Char. It's the best fish ever!" People not with the freeze laughed because they knew the announcement was to get more people to see the freeze. I had to bite my tongue to keep from laughing then."

Agent Wager:
"The guy working at the chocolate counter said, "It feels like I'm in one of those sci-fi movies where I'm the only person moving!"

It was pretty awesome :)"

Agent J9:
"I froze in a Captain Morgan pose next to the cheese and there was a lady behind me who pulled out her cell phone to call someone. Her side of the conversation went something like this:

"I had to call you because I'm having a really surreal experience right now.
I was shopping and all of a sudden most of the people here just stopped moving.
Now I'm stuck between them and I can't move.
No, I'm STUCK in art. I'll be there when I can. . ."

This was awesome and I can't wait for the next event!"

Agent Gonzo:
"I froze *right* in front of where you get the containers for soup. Some Austinite was so un-phased by the entire thing that he just reached around me - head practically in my chest - to get what he needed.

Five minutes isn't supposed to be this fun."

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Spy on SX: more details

March Mission: Spy on SX (inspired by the Japanese game show "100 vs. 1").
Meeting place: the downtown fountain at 6th & Colorado
Time: 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. Come early to propose specific pranks! Come early to steal good parking spots from the SXSW tourist bros!
Wear: Bad spy garb. Fake facial hair is always a bonus!

RSVP via Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=138192910037

If you don't have a Facebook (good for you!), email us:
flashmobaustin@gmail.com

As we need 100 flash mobbers for this, please pass this on like your crazy aunt's bad advice (i.e. forcefully and frequently).

Sunday, March 8, 2009

March 21: inspiration

We were inspired by the below video for our upcoming mission. Spy on South By. Join us!