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Jane McGonigal
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Something Very Good by Jane McGonigal, Kiyash M, robin sloan, Love Mercenary, Kris Tian

November 3rd, 2007 7:17 PM

INSTRUCTIONS: Go to a street corner of your choosing and wait for something fantastic to happen.

We waited on a street corner in the Castro district for something fantastic to happen.

This was the third and final SF0 mission we were committed to completing that evening. We had already annotated objects with our love and seen beyond sight. Now we hoped to witness something very good.

We were a little skeptical that we would actually witness something fantastic. We thought we might have to stretch the definition of "fantastic" and open our minds to the "everyday fantastic" around us.

But instead, we actually saw something utterly fantastic, and literally only about 60 seconds after we had arrived at the corner where we intended to wait.

It was so fast and so surprising that I only captured one picture, at the very end of it, and you won't be able to make out what had happened because it was already over by the time the camera lens shuttered.

This is what we saw:

A car pulled up to a stop light. It was red.

Someone in the car cranked up the stereo. It was playing Soulja Boy.

Everyone in the car (front and back seat) opened their doors and hopped out.

They proceeded to do a perfectly synchronized Soulja Boy dance -- hands waving, legs flying -- right there in the middle of the street as the car idled.

The light turned green. They hopped in the car and rode off.

We screamed and cheered and waved our hands in the air in solidarity.

We were amazed and happy and thrilled to see such a display.

Still, it had happened so fast that we thought maybe that wasn't the fantastic thing. Maybe that was a warm-up. We debated whether we should wait for something more fantastic.

As we were considering the potential need to stay, I looked through the window of the bar on the corner. A big TV screen caught my eye. It was playing something fantastic -- literally -- the great 1980s fantasy Jim Henson film, The Dark Crystal. It happened to be playing with subtitles. And just as I looked, the words came up: "It is time -- It is time to return to the castle."

Well, we couldn't argue with that. My collaborators and I agreed that we had indeed witnessed something wonderfully fantastic, and having completed our third of three missions for the evening, we should return to our "castle" -- Kid Beyond's house.

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November 2007 246.jpg

Waiting for Something Very Good.

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November 2007 243.jpg

The street corner in the Castro district where we decided to wait for something fantastic to happen.

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November 2007 242.jpg

This is the car with the Soulja Boy dancers. They had just hopped back in and were about to drive off when I snapped this photo. We were all still in shock with our mouths hanging open.

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November 2007 247.jpg

Missions accomplished!

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posted by Fonne Tayne on November 3rd, 2007 7:23 PM

d-d-d-d-damn. period.

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posted by Meta tron on November 4th, 2007 7:06 AM

Hoorah! You're back in the game! Did the UK0 crew pull you back in? go on... admit it... tee hee hee

Mink x

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posted by JTony Loves Brains on November 4th, 2007 7:34 PM

That is so awesome!!!!
My theory about this task is that it shows up a law of nature in regards to cities... fantastic things happen all the time everywhere if you stop, look, and listen long enough (and as you learned, that usually isn't very long).

Good job listening to the world around you. My rule is when you see something fantastic, take it and run and come back another time for something else, if you are so inclined. Really good to see y'all tasking!

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posted by Jackie Hasa on November 4th, 2007 10:06 PM

Wow, that is fantastic! I wonder if it will work in Irvine...

Answer forthcoming.

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posted by Charlie Fish on November 5th, 2007 2:21 AM

What fun!

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posted by Duck Monster on November 19th, 2007 2:21 PM

Holy crap, guys! I have no idea what a Soulja Boy dance is, but the combined randomness and awesomeness (randsomness? awedomness?) of this occurrence has brightened my whole afternoon. And I wasn't even there.

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posted by Bryce on December 25th, 2007 9:44 PM

That is utterly awesome and hilarious.