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River Rock
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Fortune Not Cookie by River Rock

June 19th, 2010 3:53 PM

INSTRUCTIONS: Install fortunes of your devising in permanent or non-permanent media in openable structures, such that passersby will come across them.

At first, I had the idea to put my fortunes in walnut shells. But I anticipated a very high breakage rate from any walnuts I shelled, and I was having some trouble coming up with fortunes.

Months went by, and then I thought of eggshells. This notion had the disadvantage that the eggshells were not exactly openable (I don't think breaking something is the same as opening it). However, I considered that the fortunes could be placed in such a way that they could be pulled out of the eggs without breaking them.

Missing from this completion are pictures of the first batch of blown-out eggs, which a raccoon discovered on our back porch and smashed. Also lost in cyberspace: pics of omelettes and a baked custard, made with the byproduct of this task.

But here I have what I actually ended up with. I placed the cookies on the day of the Fairfax Festival, when I figured they would be discovered and, if they fell into receptive hands, re-deployed (explanation below).

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The largest Rapidograph nib employed

The largest Rapidograph nib employed

After blowing the egg out of the shell, I let the shells dry for several days so the paper wouldn't stick. (This time, however, I kept the drying shells where no raccoon could get at them.) And I outlined some designs on the shells using a Rapidograph pen with waterproof India ink.


Colored

Colored

The next step was to color the designs in with Sharpies.


Finer point

Finer point

On each egg, I wrote something inviting people to leave their own message in the egg for the next person.


Example

Example

The wording was a little different on each egg. This was the only egg where the entire message was visible at the same time.


fortunes

fortunes

Finding useful things to say to strangers is not my strong suit. Most of these came from ancient Chinese philosophers I admire. If anyone wants to know, Confucius has gotten a bad rap and was not about preserving the status quo unless it was good already. Anyway, I slipped the fortunes into the not cookies and was ready to go the the Fairfax Festival with my carton.


1st not cookie placed.JPG

1st not cookie placed.JPG

On the way to the festival, I found this handy and very visible spot for my first not cookie.


Musical float

Musical float

The parade had already started when I got into Fairfax. The Fairfax Festival has lots of music. It is a very musical town. I think this float represented a school, because the singer (the one in the dress) was singing something about math.


Green message

Green message

Very little petroleum was used to convey this message. The sign says, "Drill, baby, drill! Kill, baby, kill!"


more music

more music

I didn't get such good pics of the parade this year, but this gives a little piece of life in our little town.


2nd not cookie placed.JPG

2nd not cookie placed.JPG

I was now in the heart of Fairfax, with the festival going on around me. This potted geranium provided an attractive location for a not cookie. Others were placed, for example, in a redwood tree, on a bench, on the sound stage where some musicians were about to play, next to a bird house for sale. When I headed for home a while later, this not cookie was still there (I guess a little too well hidden), but the first one was gone. My hope is that the not cookies, at least one or two of them, will circulate for a while bearing messages from many people.



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posted by Harry Lee on June 19th, 2010 9:56 PM

These are beautiful - I really like the idea of people leaving more messages for others to find.

Thanks
posted by River Rock on June 19th, 2010 10:47 PM

I hope the people who find them will, too!

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posted by Professor Møbius on June 19th, 2010 11:03 PM

Solid, very well done task, mate. It's fairly artsy for an HC, which is to say that I love it that much more for bucking the norm.

Golly +1
posted by River Rock on June 20th, 2010 7:11 AM

I am feeling quite glowy from all the votes and encouragement.

Do they hold a food safety secret?
posted by teucer on June 20th, 2010 2:18 PM

I'm a huge fan of the easter-egg-like approach. And the chaining of messages, assuming people do take you up on it. And the art. And really everything. Nice work.

Secret food for thought
posted by River Rock on June 20th, 2010 4:55 PM

The food part was gone, so maybe the food safety part was gone. But they did have a secret, right? And it was food for thought.

I think the raccoon that investigated the previous bunch was seriously ticked off to find a dozen OHYESYESYESEGGS, all of them . . . empty.

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posted by Pixie on June 20th, 2010 6:42 PM

This is an awesome example about how to truly do a task. Beautiful, unique, and speaks perfectly to it's trajectory.

It's absolutely perfectly wonderful!!

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posted by Lincøln on June 21st, 2010 6:12 PM

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posted by rongo rongo on June 23rd, 2010 4:41 AM

Those are beautiful eggs, and great places to leave them.

Scatter ye not-cookies while ye may
posted by River Rock on June 23rd, 2010 10:59 PM

They did look festive in their various nooks. The wish to document more lost out to the wish for clandestine placement in the midst of the festival. It was fun being sneaky in a nice way.