How plausible is it to have SPD there to write up the car blocking traffic, and a tow truck to haul it out of there? I thought these things were harmless. Causing a traffic mess downtown should be punished. Perhaps there's someone braver than me who's willing to take out the tires?
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"A car will be blocking traffic so that we can safely fight in the street."
Smart. Real smart.
Thanks for the heads up,
meh, whatever floats their boats. On the other hand, I'm sure the business owners won't be pleased about having a giant feather mess in front of their stores (and on top of their fish), so they're pretty much begging for trouble.
What kind of drugs do I need to consume for these flash-meetup things to make sense to me?
I've been sitting on that e-mail for two weeks, waiting to see when someone would rat them out.
God damn kids. I get sooooooo angry when I think of them. GRRRRRRRR!
No drug will give you joie de vivre if you don't already have it. It's hopeless. Immolate yourself now.
You kids get off my lawn!
but it's biodegradable man and feeds the earth, man
(comote's argument not mine)
Since we know that there are cops reading SLOG, or at least the stuff Jonah writes about them, I would say that the cops are going to know about this and bust them, but judging by the email that cop sent to Jonah, there's only 3 cops or so on duty at any given time, so I'd say they were safe...also, Lex Luthor will probably take advantage of our cop shortage to stage some nefarious scheme of his...
is an flash anti flash-mob mob a possibility? they could ruing the surprise by having visible pillows.
no, i'm not against flash mobs. i'm just against them causing actual problems for others. like not cleaning up after a serious mess, and perhaps causing traffic snarls (if that actually happens to any degree).
rumors on the internets....
I'm bringing 123 friends w/ buckets of tar.
we're going to fuck.shit.up.
Well this time when an unmarked van of drunk, undercover SPD officers shows up, the beatdown that ensues will probably look something like a Brian Adams video.
how fucking... whimsical.
they should make up for their obnoxiousness by distributing all those pillows to the homeless people afterwards.
I'm trying to remember who gave away the sooper-sekrit location of the dance club in the back of Atlas Clothing......
The homeless should be the ones to pick up the feathers, if anybody has to. Let them make contribution for once.
hmmmm... maybe this is all a setup. maybe the flash-mob that will be created in protest is the actual flash-mob they wanted to create. only, there will be no pillow-fighting flash-mob at all. just a protest consisting a bunch of anti pillow fighting people and the police.
The street-sweeping broom-wielding flash mob to clean up behind the pillow-wielding flash mob is set to go!
aw, you guys just plain suck--Stranger writers should stop splooging all over the Intarnet Sekrets.
Let the kids piss off the tourists who are driving in circles trying to find non-existent parking, it's not like any Seattlites are going to be bothered by a traffic block to the Pike Place Market entrance. People who live here are usually smart enough to park elsewhere or walk...
I agree with #22.
But the Stranger could make up by having Golob post instructions for making an IED out of a goose-down comforter, half-dozen grapes, and a microwave oven.....
@22 well you could just time your mob with the signals at the market as it is an all direction walk intersection. Thus no need to break laws with a blocking car.
There's also a cross-walk like this up at the junction in west seattle.
The fish guys will probably pummel the flash-mobbers with trout, if market security doesn't get them with the net guns first
the market is aware that this is happening, and unlike the ballard park, the market has 24 hour security and spd presence.
Who is this whistle-blowing person? They sound like a control freak to me. Why again should I stop and "just walk away"? BOooooRING!
9. 'joie de vivre'... is that what they call autism these days?
I would love to see Flash Mob Wars overtake Seattle. There has to be enough people out there willing show up at these events with concealed Super Soakers and bust loose on the pillow fighters once that whistle blows.
Better to bust out SuperSoakers(tm) and water balloons against the farging Ducks...
It's only a matter of time before someone who hates These Damn Hippie Kids (tm) shows up with a pillowcase full of bars of soap...
Because dumbass, if they ticket one single car or pedestrian blocking traffic - AT THE FREAKING PIKE PLACE MARKET, THE MOST TRAFFIC/PEDESTRIAN CONGESTED THREE BLOCKS OF DOWNTOWN SEATTLE - they'll have to ticket ALL of them (wouldn't want to be accused of selective enforcement, after all - that's a sure way to get your case tossed out on it's ear), and that would mean wasting the resources of pretty much the entire SPD shift assigned to the Market for that day writing several thousand jay-walking and blocking traffic infractions.
Same goes for a BS littering infraction - if you cite someone for spewing pillow feathers, then you also have to cite the fat-assed out-of-towners dropping their greasy fish-and-chips containers, soda and coffee cups, and teriyaki chicken skewers on the ground as well.
Because, litter is litter, no?
Besides, I guess I wasn't aware it had suddenly become a crime to walk around in public with a pillow in one's hand.
"When pillows are outlawed, only outlaws will get a good night's sleep."
After the 3rd flash mob pillow fight this is getting lame. And to try to do it in a very busy, public place is very unintelligent. The cops are sure to bring backup now. The underground, secrecy feeling has been taken away. Give it up.
@33 - wouldn't the writing of tickets slow this down even more?
Just remember, pillows don't kill pit bulls, nail gun wielding husbands kill pit bulls.
@22: The invite specifically says to bring friends and tell people. That sounds like the worst secret of all time.
@36: quite so.
I keep telling myself, someday I'm going to do that thing that I've never done in all my years in this city, that thing that I see all sorts of people doing, and looking so unhappy about it: driving down Pike Place. An average speed of 1 MPH is pretty good going.
Personally, I've found participating in flash mobs to be fun, for the most part. But it really depends on what you're doing. Half of them seem to involve Westlake Mall or Pike Place Market, tho.
I think this is pretty clever. All you need to make a bunch of attention-seeking dweebs make even bigger asses of themselves is a whistle, and an anonymous "organizer" email. Oh, and a car that stops at the market. Why didn't I think to send this email?
If this *isn't* a hoax on the pillowfighter kidz, then I hope some fishmonger punches you in the balls.
Remember, kidlets: if it's biodegradable, it's automatically not a mess!
@33 After the FIRST ONE it was lame. :D
Uh, I mean @34. Carry on.
I love the idea of dueling Flash Mobs. I also admire the thinking behind people purposely carrying around visible pillows to ruin the surprise. But that wouldn't cause as much confusion as a bunch of people bringing their own whistles, trying to start the pillow fight at random times when no one's ready for it.
Also: isn't it time to come up with something besides pillow fights?
@42: I love the idea of literal dueling flash mobs -- Like a good flashmob gun fight.
Just have it far away from good people whose sense of whimsy doesn't require them to act like lunatics, litter, and interfere with traffic.
The corner of Pike AND Pine? So which one is it? These are important distinctions for all those Flash Mob Pillow Fighting Champions to be aware of. Don't want to be the only chump on the street corner pulling Grannie's home-made bolster pillow out of his/her backpack... Tacky.
@43: Ooh, yeah! You could have two people stage a public argument, then someone separates them and they go through the whole rigmarole of a public duel right there. In and out in like ten minutes. I like it!
The corner of Pike AND Pine? So which one is it?
They were referring to the corner of pine STREET and pike PLACE. Those two intersect.
pine STREET and pike STREET do not.
Why not just place a street musician at the corner and have him use a whistle in his set?
Well, what happened?
This happened- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_W_8TOYKfQ
(and why don't these comments render HTML links? Or maybe I'm missing something?)
To those who continue to berate the pillow fighting....
1. the pillow fight was fun for those participating and those who had no idea it was going to happen. The innocent bystanders as it were. Instead of bitching, try to have fun....
if not for yourself, than for other people.
2. yes, people stuck around and cleaned up the feathers...that means those who participated. Within 15 minutes it was cleaned up and cars were once again able to drive in front
of pike place market with no chance in hell of securing a parking spot right there.
3. There was a security gate placed at pike st/place so no
cars could enter from 1st, therefor no renegade car blocking.
Besides, car traffic at pike st / pike place market is rediculous and shouldn't happen anyway...it's a clusterfuck all the way to
Victor Steinbrueck Park with all the people walking in that area
and the lack of parking available.....seriously, it's stupid to think you can park right there.
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