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High Fived by Developer Pixie, Cymbal Monkey, Remy The Living, A M, Sir Pinkleton

July 31st, 2010 12:47 PM / Location: 45.518846,-122.6792

INSTRUCTIONS: Split into teams. Go to a public place and try to get high fives off as many strangers as possible. Score a point for each one.

Bonus points can be awarded in special circumstances, such as high fiving the mayor, police officers, or wealthy patrons of the arts.

AM: Totals as I recorded them:

Pioneer Square
Remy -- 80, ten of which were windmills, one of which was a food cart guy.
Pixie -- 84, two windmills, two bandmembers, one statue, two camera guys in a moving car.
Sir P -- 31, two fistbumps, one statue of a person.
AM -- 33, two windmills, one Jesus-sign guy

Pioneer Place Mall
Pixie -- 85 (many of whom were store keepers)
Sir P -- 2 (designated cameraman for this portion of the afternoon)
AM -- 22, one statue of a bear, two dogs.
Remy -- 105, one guy who gave him a water bottle cap in the high-five, one staff member, one security guard who made Pixie put on shoes.

One conversion!

Total: 445 high-fives plus added value from specials as listed above and one new SF0 member.

Oh, goodness, I forgot to mention that the other team in this contest is the AK0 folks. Also, our outing in total took about two hours.

AM sez: We gathered in Pioneer Square as a band was just wrapping up their set. We were able to catch a lot of the crowd as they left, including a summer camp of five-year olds.

My strategy consisted of walking up to someone with my hand up and saying "Can I get a high-five?". I realized partway through that I probably sounded like I was selling something (there are a lot of people working crummy activist jobs in downtown who have opening lines like this), and I think that may have set a few people off, but as you may recall from my Sunscreen proof, I fear strangers, and I knew that the only way I was going to do this was if I had a designated line.

Sir Pinkleton sez: I was pretty much the same way. I kinda slowed to a stop once people started getting angry at me, because I don't like angry people. They're scary.

AM sez: I was surprised at the makeup of who would give me a high-five. For example, a lot more old people gave me five than I was expecting. I was also totally expecting to get shut down by the guy in the Jesus Christ sandwich board, but he did not leave me hanging. I was thrilled. I was also surprised at myself -- normally, I won't even ask a stranger for the time, or directions I desperately need. So for me to walk up to probably over a hundred people and ask for a high-five was waaaay out of my comfort zone. Especially after getting ignored or shut down so much. I found myself just bouncing back and heading for the next person.

After we had saturated the square with high-fives (I got a couple people who had clearly already been high-fived asking what we were doing), we headed to the nearby mall. Now, I grew up in the suburbs, so maybe my perception is skewed, but this mall barely counts as a shopping center to my eye. Malls are just bigger.


Anyway. I fretted a little, because Pixie was going Lincoln, and I feared that we'd get thrown out, but I supressed my neuroticism and sailed forth.

Sir Pinkleton sez: Pictured: Pixie going Lincoln.

main_pixieinstore93646.jpgAM sez: I had kind of worn myself out in the square, so I got fewer high-fives this time. I did go up the down escalator though! I've always wanted to do that, and there seemed to be no better time than this outing.

On the top floor of the mall we encountered Matt.


He not only gave us all high fives, but played a clapping game with Pixie, and then danced with her (there is video down with the rest of the pictures).


It was rapidly becoming clear that he was our sort of person, so we invited him along on our expedition.


The first place we went was an art gallery of surprising awesomeness. I usually think of boring class trips when I think of art galleries, but this place was bizarre and cool. For starters, there was a huge chair sculpture right in front of the door.


After a serious look at it, I asked the dude in charge if there were nails in it, and he told me that not only was it nail-free, but they took all the chairs down and re-did it every day. This was my second clue that this was a cool place.

The dude, whose name is Gabe, was interested in our mission, and took a picture of us, along with information about SF0, and promised to link the site when he posted about us on his blog. I will update this proof with a link when it goes up.

main_img069093616.jpgSir Pinkleton sez: Also, we toyed with balance of our own while we were there:

main_pose93644.jpgAM sez: We continued around the mall, eventually fetching up outside a Starbucks (via a GameStop where a man asked what I wanted the high-five for, and after listening to my explanation, deemed it worthy and high-fived me) for a sit down. Emboldened by my mission, I told a guy that I loved his outfit (Sir Pinkleton sez: it was like a sweater, but also a business casual thing underneath. He had a purple tie!), which I would not normally have done, and then collected high-fives from everyone at his table. Pixie was told by a security guard, for the second time, that she had to put on shoes, and sadly, this time there was no escaping him. We also burst into song a couple of times, especially after discovering Matt's harmonica-playing talents.

Sir Pinkleton sez: Pictured: Mall shenanigans
main_pixieinmall93650.jpgAM sez: At this point, Pixie remembered we that were supposed to meet Cymbal Monkey, and we decamped, minus Matt, to meet him in the square.

Sir Pinkleton sez: Leaving Matt:

main_leavingmatt93648.jpgAM sez: After some more high-fives, including one from the tiniest, fluffiest, squeakiest puppy


(Remy sez: Delivered by me...), we decided to head to the Chit Chat Cafe for bubble tea and PD0 planning. We hung around for a while, scheming for upcoming tasks, and then scattered like dandelion fluff on the wind.

Remy sez: I had this pretty freakin' sweet outfit, which included a top hat, waist coat, frilly shirt, and monocle.

Sir Pinkleton sez: and people were suitably impressed:

main_remyinsquare93647.jpgmain_peeps93649.jpgPixie: This was one of those days which makes me know that SF0 is one of the best things that could have happened to me. It was a perfect sunny day. A concert had just ended (i ended up getting two of the band members) and i was surrounded by friends from all different aspects of my life. i found out that all of us not only play SF0, but read pokemon developer horror fan-fiction. All excluding AM, i've recruited, and i was dying to know how we'd all get along.

Thankfully we all seemed to get along splendidly! And i can't wait till we do it again. The high fives were easy for the most part on the square, and they got much more difficult inside of the mall (being that many of the people were much more pretentious and lame.)

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Pixie and New Guy Matt
Pixie, Remy, and bystanders
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Matt the New Guy
Pixie and Matt
Chair sculpture
Art Gallery

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13 comment(s)

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posted by Professor Møbius on August 1st, 2010 7:37 PM

Well done, folks. I wish I had enough team cohesion these days to pull this kind of thing off...

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posted by A M on August 1st, 2010 8:49 PM

Pixie has been achieving team cohesion via force of will and recruiting nigh-everybody in PD0 herself. It's working out pretty well so far.

There Should be more recruiting then just me though...
posted by Developer Pixie on August 1st, 2010 9:44 PM

Although i just recruited someone i'm SUPER excited about! Who is my best girlfriend in PDX.

Pinkelton, you'll know who i'm talking about

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posted by Sir Pinkleton on August 1st, 2010 9:49 PM


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posted by Professor Møbius on August 1st, 2010 10:01 PM

I need to do some hard-corps recruiting/morale-building for the new era... She's fairly impressive with that whole 'force of will' thing, isn't she? I feel bad for anyone on her take-down list.

I'm only 110 lbs
posted by Developer Pixie on August 1st, 2010 10:33 PM

the most i really can do is glare at people

and remember Mobius, you are still on my take down list.

Also, written any songs lately?

Also, is pig pancake still what we're doing? or am i just doing it twice (in two different ways?)

hooooly crap you're light.
posted by Sir Pinkleton on August 1st, 2010 10:39 PM

no wonder you couldn't donate blood, Geezus.

That was soooooo lame!!!
posted by Developer Pixie on August 1st, 2010 10:41 PM

Thats because the minimum was 110, and i was 109 that day because i didn't eat lunch...
and it was 9 days away from my birthday, so they shouldn't have cared!!

That made me angry to no end!!!!!!!!!

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posted by Sir Pinkleton on August 1st, 2010 10:47 PM

Well, it's not like you have to wait 2 months between every attempt. every time you think you're over 110 is a chance to go there and try.

Lets do it when i get back!
posted by Developer Pixie on August 1st, 2010 10:51 PM

sounds like an awesome plan...
And i'll eat more, and all will be well!

and i'll drink tons of water before hand...

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posted by A M on August 2nd, 2010 11:38 AM

Let me know when you're planning to do it, and if I'm free I can drive you. I am 110% pro giving blood. I'm heading in to donate platelets right now, in fact.

Can i also mention how proud i am of my team??
posted by Developer Pixie on August 1st, 2010 10:43 PM

because they are all awesome! and not flakes!

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posted by rongo rongo on August 24th, 2010 1:34 PM

This is especially happy.