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Sam Archer
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Seasonal Denial by Sam Archer

December 26th, 2012 11:11 PM / Location: 37.768641,-122.4753

INSTRUCTIONS: Refuse to allow your celebrations and habits be bound by arbitrary turns of the celestial screw. Publicly do something out of season. Document the reactions of the timebound.

My idea for this started with "Easter egg hunt in winter" and eventually expanded to include as many different holidays as I could cram into plastic eggs.

Red envelopes (complete with money), for Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year

Beads for Mardi Gras.

Mardi Gras

Candies for Valentine's Day and Halloween. Flags for Independence Day.

Independence Day, Valentine's Day, Halloween

All together I prepared somewhere around 70 assorted holiday eggs.

Locked and loaded.

And on the day after the end of the world, I went with an assistant to Strawberry Hill. Some of the locals eyed us askance as we did our work.

This squirrel is suspicious of unseasonal activities.

Soon all of the eggs were placed -- some hidden, some in plain sight.

eggeggegg eggeggeggegg eggegg egg

To make it clear that they were for taking, we advertised on the two bridges that lead to the island.

Bridge 1
Bridge 2

As you might expect, most people were not able to see the assorted holiday eggs, each one being surrounded by an SEP (Somebody Else's Problem) field generated by its seasonal displacement.

Sometimes they would even pick an egg up, and then put it back and forget they'd seen it.

They find an egg...
...but decide to leave it be.

Children, with their superior visual acuity, had an easier time of collecting the prizes.

This kid found an egg and took it.

This family was uncertain at first, and thought maybe they should put the eggs back where they'd found them.

At first her mom told her to put it back.

But the last we saw of them, the older sister was shoving the younger sister aside so as to beat her to grabbing a shiny, and if that's not the holiday(s) spirit(s), I don't know what is.

Eventually the whole family gets into it.  Here the older sister spots an egg and makes a dash for it.

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Chinese New Year
Mardi Gras
Independence Day, Valentine's Day, Halloween
Locked and loaded.
This squirrel is suspicious of unseasonal activities.
egg
egg
egg egg
egg
egg
egg egg
egg egg
Bridge 1
Bridge 2
They find an egg...
...but decide to leave it be.
This kid found an egg and took it.
At first her mom told her to put it back.
Eventually the whole family gets into it.  Here the older sister spots an egg and makes a dash for it.

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posted by Idøntity matrix on December 27th, 2012 6:42 AM

Look! now you have high score!

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posted by Samantha on December 27th, 2012 10:12 PM

You like in a beautiful area!

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posted by Libris Craft on December 29th, 2012 11:18 AM

I really like this completion. And I'm inspired to do something seasonally strange myself...

What you no be more wicked?
posted by Bex. on December 29th, 2012 12:06 PM

*rib rib, needle needle* What, Archer, no eggs filled with radioactive goo to celebrate Hiroshima? No literally haunted toy surprises for the tiny tots for Halloween? Tisk, you're slipping, my foe. Step up.

(Man, I'd almost forgotten how much fun it is to needle a splendid foe!)

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posted by Sam Archer on January 2nd, 2013 11:55 PM

What's in there?

Only what you take with you.