Flash Mob Failure

At dark-thirty this morning, my husband started texting me.  Here’s our conversation:

The Husband: Got here early just to find AA doesn’t open until 5

The Husband: The Fun

Me: Ick
(What do you expect?  It was dark-thirty.)

The Husband: Sing I am bored, standing here with 25 of my closest friends

Me: Start a round of “Row, Row Your Boat”

The Husband: Great idea. It will be on YouTube in a few

I asked my husband when he landed safely and returned home about that promised YouTube video of his closest friends waiting for the AA counter to open and singing rounds of “Row, Row Your Boat.”  Do you know what he said?

“Yeah, right.”

I admit that I didn’t expect him to create a video and post it, but that would have been cool to see an impromptu flash mob sing rounds in front of the AA counter while they waited for their flights to be delayed the counter to open.  I am glad my husband’s flight was not on the list of 300 canceled flights and was on time.

Anyway, flash mobs are fascinating.  A request goes out into cyberspace, the routine is posted, people practice it, and then they all show up and perform at the appointed time.  There are websites devoted to events.  There was one called Coloring Book Flash Mob this summer.  I so would have done that if it had been local (and I knew about it).  Any excuse to stop what I’m doing and use crayons for five uninterrupted minutes!

Here’s one at an airport in March this year:

What do you think about flash mobs?  Have you ever participated in one?  Would you dance, sing, or color with a group of strangers and then walk away as if nothing happened?  Use the handy comments box below and let me know. 

10 thoughts on “Flash Mob Failure

    1. Diana Beebe Post author

      That’s the beauty of it–it’s organized only so much as people find out about them and do the preliminary practice. The organizer has to have a lot of faith (and hope) that people will show up. I’ve heard some of the big ones also organize staging areas so that the surprise of the flash isn’t given away. If you don’t find out about one through a friend (none of my friends flash mob), you’d have to search them out–like the coloring book one. That site shows dates and locations. If you ever join one, let me know!

  1. Julie Glover

    Why not? Joining a flash mob is one of those things that you would regret not doing if you had the chance, right? That said, I don’t go looking for flash mobs to join, especially in airports. I would like to see the TSA folks join in a flash mob–maybe to “The Way You Make Me Feel.” Of course, I’d then want to start my own flash mob of “U Can’t Touch This.” See? Your husband could have had some real fun with this!! LOL.

    1. Diana Beebe Post author

      I thought the same thing about the TSA. Would they see it as a security issue? Maybe it depends on the song. “Burning Down the House” would not be a good choice. LOL. I wouldn’t want to tick them off, but it would be hilarious to watch them dancing along.

      So if you plan a “U Can’t Touch This” flash mob, let me know! I’ll be there. As for my husband, he might have gotten the group going but he would have been darn sure he was the one making the video!


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