Oh, boy, I’m going to get myself detained more often! Not only was it relaxing, but I got to see the awesome creativity of people rallying around a non-cause! I’m actually back from the orchard, so whatever you did worked. Hopefully you used the opportunity to impress someone with your heartfelt concern (while making sure they didn’t learn any of the actual details). If not, I’m sure something else will come along.
Now the hard part: choosing from these ideas. None of them fit in a poll, so you’ll have to read and then vote (and don’t forget to check out the new blogger of the week!). Okay, so to recap – I was trapped in a hazelnut orchard, forced to spend almost 20 minutes a day watering tomato plants, with no internet, and only a whole house, my wife, a nearby river, an orchard, books, puzzles, music, and a few restaurants to keep me from going insane. Your task was to create a movement to draw attention to my plight.
A few highlights include –
Speaker 7‘s “feverish, hyperbolic Facebook status update”: “Every person has 1,000 wishes. The Byronic Man trapped in a hazelnut orchard at the mercy of putterers only has one: an internet connection and another book to read. Okay so he has two wishes, does the number even matter? What matters is putting an end to this injustice. Of my 2,425 very close friends, I bet only 3 will have the BALLS to repost this (yes, I’m using all caps–I’m yelling–because I feel so passionately) as their status update. Get some BALLS and do this so we can somehow use the power of our status updates to bring connectivity and a book to that orchard”
Raymond at Night Mirrors created the U A TWIT campaign: “Friends and Fellow Social Media Disciples: The Byronic Man’s plight is all too common and all too sad in our world. While so many enjoy a constant connection to the internet and the important world of virtual friendships and virtual lives many others are but intermitently connected to a life of fulfillment through kitten videos and status updates. What kind of society are we to allow so many to live with so little. Please join us at United Against Time Without Internet Time (U A TWIT) to put an end to this injustice and to ensure that no man, woman or child ever misses an important “Share” simply because they have no signal. Participation is easy and you can make a difference. Our goal at U A TWIT is to harness every chipmonk, squirrel, cat, and racoon with an aluminum foil hat. These foil hats will allow statelites to beam an internet signal to every corner of forest and field to create a wifi blanket across this great land. We are in need of volunteers at all levels including aluminum hat makers (must have small hands for this delicate work) and hat placers (good cardio required as our target animals are fast). Or if you prefer just send U A TWIT your tax deductable donation of Reynolds Wrap. Help us make No Wi-Fi a Go Wi-Fi world.”
And, finally Hippie Cahier constructed the beautiful and inspiring “We Are The Blogging World” song and visual.
I know. How to pick? So, what do you think?
Finally, the winner of last week’s poll, is the lovely, talented, and impressively competitive Renee, over at Teachers & Twits! You were very excited to see her event “Driving With The Elderly (and keeping your cool)” added to the Summer Olympic Games. Look out, London! There’s a new event coming your way, very… very… slowly… is it… are they… are they pulling over? What are they doing? No… no, they’re back… Why are they stopping? WHY ARE YOU STOPPING??… There they go… Get ready, Lon– NOW STOP. NOW STOP. STOP. Oh my God… Get ready, London!