UPDATE: I added photos at the end of things my teammates submitted that were my favorites. Enjoy :)
I was going to just start posting pics on facebook but I think GISHWHES deserves it’s own blog post.
If you’re not familiar with GISHWHES then in the words of Fire Marshall Bill, “LET ME SHOW YOU SOMETHING!”
People do silly things for charity, like… run 5ks and.. walk.. and.. have “beef and beers” for animals (which I never understood),right? Why not do silly things for charity like… dress up like a storm trooper and get your nails done? Or get your grandparents to let you video tape their mud wrestling match? These are the kinds of questions that I think GISHWHES stemmed from. GISHWHES stands for “Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen”. And it is, people. It is.
Check out this video from the GISHWHES website:
Did that answer any questions you had? Probably not, right?
Well, I heard about GISHWHES last year after I became a late blooming Supernatural fan and started adding more SPN sites onto my tumblr account. It was GISHWHES this – GISHWHES that.. and I was all WTF is GISHWHES! And what is this obsession with kale?! (Though admittedly I do love me some kale) So I subscribed to the website and was immediately intrigued. It’s all about breaking out of the norm, shaking things up with fun and creativity, and doing good deeds! This is something I can get behind! Because, well, I hate running and I don’t like cold water. Plus I’m not so sure about some of the organizations out there that host the big 5ks and such, but that’s a whole other post. This is about doing kind things, helping other people, and bringing silliness out into the open to break up the humdrum day to day boringness of life.
Plus it’s hosted by Castiel himself–Misha Collins! How awesome is that?
Sooo… when I started to hear those whispers.. “GISHWHES is coming…”
“Join a team..”
I decided to give it a shot. And as soon as I registered, I became a little bit frightened. Have you SEEN the things that these people are doing??? Bungee jumping with angel wings?! Dressing up in clothes made of fruits??? I’m not that adventurous OR creative!
I am, however, every competitive. So there’s that.
So I joined a team and we got to know each other through facebook. The team consisted of about 10 absolute strangers to me, my sister, and three of the Boondock Betties. On 8/2/14 the list for the scavenger hunt was posted… and then my life changed.
I was a bit overwhelmed.. 185 items! Images of videos of things worth different amounts of points! And some of these things were absolutely impossible for our team! I went through the list and picked out the most feasible ones first.. SPN nail art on hairy toes, sure I can do that! uhmm… do something nice for a neighbor? make an excel doc for Jared Padalecki? Yeah, I can do that! Then I figured… why NOT try to accomplish some of the more crazy items like:
- Get a brass band quartet to play Carry On My Wayward Son on a median strip while commuters are in heavy traffic
- Drive an invisible car through a fast food drive thru and order a diet water, among other things.
- Get GISHWHES written in window lights on a sky scraper.
- Have a food truck put cat food on their menu and actually have a cat order that item.
- Dressing up like cookie monster and delivering cookies to kids in an orphanage or children’s hospital.
(I was only able to accomplish one out of those listed there, but I did try!)
For the next 6 days, GISHWHES took over my life. When I was at work, I was thinking about GISHWHES, when I was at home I was plotting for or participating in GISHWHES. My son added GISHWHES to our morning prayers and thoroughly enjoyed going through the item list with me and helping me create some of the items. I put a hold on every other activity in my life aside from work and feeding my child to complete as many items as I could without losing my mind (though I did get close to it) all while keeping in contact with my team and loving the updates from Misha and Miss Jean Louise. Twitter lit up with all the GISHWHES activity and I absolutely loved the back and forth tweets with Aisha Tyler and William Shatner and of course Osric Chau being awesome while we annoy Jared Padalecki!
Here is a list of what I was able to contribute for my awesome GISHWHES team, Team MADMENWITHABLUEBOX.
- Create a brady bunch style group photo of your teammates mugshots
- Paint Supernatural nail art on someone with hairy toes
- Host a formal dinner party where all items above the table cloth except for the food are made of legos.
- Register to be a bone marrow donor
- Sing a duet of Eye of the Tiger while the other singer is standing 30 yards away from me
- Race a baby vs my turtle
- Drive an invisible car with a passenger through a fast food restaurant drive thru and order a diet water with my food.
- Create and send an excel document to Jared Padalecki that would make him fall in love with Excel documents.
- Write a short description of a random act of kindness from a stranger that truly happened to me
- Do something kind and generous for another GISHER on a different team.
I did try to complete other items, but resources were few and time was short! For example, we spent an hour and a half outside trying to get lightning bugs to light up in a jar so that I could read huck finn! They were too busy trying to get out of the jar, so we just let them go.
I reached out to musician friends to try and find a brass band quartet to play on the median strip, but even though I spoke to a few who were extremely interested in the idea, no one had the time to do it :-/
I spoke to an owner of a local food truck who told me he couldn’t put cat food on the menu for health inspection reasons, so I guess I can accept that
.I was rejected by the local Star Wars cosplaying group because they were overwhelmed by GISHERS trying to get them to lend their storm troopers to our worthy cause.
All in all I have to say that I have never asked so much from complete strangers as I have this past week. It was a little scary, knowing people were probably going to think you were insane or on drugs, but somehow when you say “It’s for charity!” that makes it all better! And when people realize that this is for fun and for the sole purpose of spreading joy and creating crazy things? They’re usually happy to be a part of it or at least just happy to know someone who is.
You should have seen the look on my face when I said to my roommates, “So uh.. later, just in case you’re wondering what’s going on… I’m going to be racing my friend’s baby against my turtle in the back yard…. but it’s for charity!”Yeah I couldn’t keep a straight face.
I want to say a special thank you to Rachel Schain and her husband Adam Greenspan for letting me borrow their baby for the race. Thank you Sarah J for humiliating yourself with me in public and screaming Eye of the Tiger very loudly. Thank you Tim Muraoka for also humiliating yourself with me in public going through that drive thru. Thank you to my brother Chris for videotaping me humiliating myself over and over again. Thank you Vannda, Jodie and Amber for also being witness to the humiliation and helping build lego place settings and utensils for our “formal” dinner party. Thank you to my son, Ethan, for laughing at me all the way and of course, thank you to my AWESOME team, MADMENWITHABLUEBOX for being ridiculously abnosome badasses.
I’m really tired now and I don’t remember half of what I just wrote, so I’m going to stop there and leave you with some photos of what my contributions were to the team. I can’t post all the photos my team submitted on here because it would take forever, but I will probably post them online at some point in the near future in an album for all to see. Enjoy! And until GISHWHES 2015!
Photos my team submitted: