GishWHes is a magical time. It brings out the best in people, makes you smile, and forces you to think outside the box. We’re nearing the end of day 3 here in the UK, and our team is going strong. Since we’re spread out around the world, we basically function 24/7, which is a huge advantage. Each morning, I wake up to an inbox full of things ready to submit, and it’s better than any caffeine rush.
Over the last two days, we’ve set traps for hipsters, started creating an evening dress from construction paper, begun a cocktail dress of flowers, made a video about the end of the world, moved across a football field without touching the ground, made a person disappear, written a poem using the periodic table, and so much more that I’ve lost count. Those of us in London are fully prepared to use this city to our advantage: add fighting Daleks and melting sculptures of Big Ben (in front of Big Ben) to the list!
Perhaps the most satisfying thing so far has been the random act of kindness that the London team chose. We wrote fifty notes full of ridiculous jokes, encouraging words, and compliments, and the Collectress disbursed them in public areas for people to find. Even though I will not have the opportunity to see the discovery of any of these notes, the thought that a random piece of paper will make someone smile gives me inexplicable joy. This is whatGishWHes does; it reminds us of things we should do all the time. Be carefree. Be generous. Be spontaneous.
Best of luck to all my fellow gishers!
Until we meet again in that garden of kale beyond the clouds,
The Collected Mutineer