Why I'll Be Accosting Some Hapless Stranger One Day During May

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Because Nostradamus foretold it.

Okay, okay, and because, in the more immediate here-and-now, the lovely Duchess is making me do it! Well, that's not entirely true. I kinda may have voluntarily signed up for it. But it WAS still her idea!

Also, I will not be the only one accosting total strangers. So magnetic is her charms, and so great is her idea, that there are many other chick bloggers from all over the world that have also enthusiastically pledged their participation.

What exactly is it that we will be doing with/to/for strangers, you ask? Don't worry, nothing sinister. (At least, not intentionally so.) On an assigned day during the month of May, we will simply commit a totally senseless act of kindness for a complete stranger. And then we shall all blog about it.

There are not too many rules. Only that our chosen gesture of kindness need not cost any money, but if it does, we should not spend more than ten bucks max.

I have not confessed this to the Duchess yet, but this is actually going to be quite a challenge for me. You see, since I work from home and am therefore a teensy bit on the reclusive side, I do not encounter too many strangers (or even acquaintances) during my day-to-day existence. So this might require me to actually - *GULP* - get out of bed for a change! And perhaps SPEAK to an actual human being?!?

I'm afraid that, since I only ever venture out to forage for food occasionally, my social skills these days subsequently leave much to be desired. I don't know how to communicate with other humans anymore unless I get to type what I'm trying to say on a computer. And even that, as you can clearly see, is a skill I have yet to master! In preparation for my participation in the project, I did make a concerted effort to speak to my sister the other day, but I only just managed a few grunts.

So I'm going to need ideas here. What can I do to successfully complete (and yes, it would be nice to survive) the project and not cause someone in Stellenbosch to have a heart attack from fright when I approach them? (So yes, please, I obviously want my victim stranger to survive as well. I think causing someone's death, apart from defeating the purpose of the entire exercise, would also just be too totally over the top.)

What if I just accept the Facebook friend request from that random Turkish dude? I have NO idea who he is, but he's been sending me repeated friend requests for years. So if I finally be-Facebook-friend him, won't THAT count as my senseless gesture of kindness towards a stranger??

Dammit.

P.S. If you are a girl blogger and you also want to play, shoot the Duchess an e-mail at jill[at]theduchessguide.com and read her far more eloquent explanation of what exactly we will be doing here


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18 Comments

Fatima said:

This sounds like fun!

Good luck Red :D

kyknoord said:

I like the "senseless" part. I reckon you should hang out in the park armed with a bandolier of small bags and a badge which says, "Poo Patrol".

Res said:

At least you don't have to do it in Paris - Parisians do not take kindly to being "accosted"...

the Duchess said:

I love it! I'm so glad you're joining in the fun Red (and Res- hi!). It may go totally awry but at least it's well intended and every once in a while I myself have to leave the house and the computer. Thats the danger in being a writer. Every once in a while I find I have to go actually do something in the scary, real life 3D world in order to have something to actually write about. You're so awesome! Cheers darling - you'll do famously I'm certain!!! Xo

Redsaid Author Profile Page said:

Fatima: Fun, you say? Terrifying, more like. But okay, if you think so, then you should play too, big mouth! I actually think accosting a Bostonian near Hahvahd Yahd is the perfect way to spend your last month in the States! (Give my love to Starbucks... *sob, sob*) Can't believe your time in the land o' stars and bars is almost up and I also can NOT believe that you never once experienced the miracle which is Krispy Kreme *eyes glazing over with longing and lust*. Seriously, it's simply SCANDALOUS! And you call yourself a sometime food blogger! The closest one is a mere 80.16 miles away from you. TOTALLY worth the pilgrimage, I assure you. (And a good way for you to practice driving again after an enviable 10 month hiatus from it. Yes, I actually read your tweets!)

Kyk: *LOUD wrong answer buzzer* That idea stinks! Literally! You picked the ONE part about canine care that I do NOT like. Well, that, and hauling a terrified (and big boned, NOT fat) Lab to the vet.

Res: But, Paree! I thought she was always 'appy and gay, non? I can't imagine ANYONE being unkind to you, EVER, anywhere in the world. You're way too charming, sweet and funny to be insulted/beaten with a handbag. Bonne chance to both of us!!

Duchess: Wait... you may have just imparted the Great Secret and revealed just one of the many many reasons why YOU are a great writer, filled to the brim with creativity and bursting with great ideas, and I'm not. YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE!? To DO stuff!? (Other than grocery shopping!?) Please give me some other, easier ways? Oh, wait. You actually sit down. And write stuff. Nope, can't do that either. Next? Oh, yeah, you have actual TALENT. I'll stop now. Before I cry. (P.S. Twins, huh? THEN WHY DON'T I GET TO LOOK LIKE YOU, you gorgeous skinny creature you!) Despite you being gifted with all the looks and talent, and despite the fact that I'm going to have to leave the house one of these days because of you, I STILL adore you, though!

Fatima said:

You still read my nonsensical tweets?
I feel oh so honoured! :D

I might actually be near a Krispy Kremes soon.
Hubby and I are planning a trip somewhere and I've made sure that there's a KK around, just because you said I have to try one :)

I can't believe it's over either.
Goodbye Starbucks!
Goodbye Dunkin!
Goodbye Boston Public Library and all it's awesomeness
*sob*

Redsaid Author Profile Page said:

Well, AT LAST! Where are you going?!? My old stomping grounds? (D.C.?) Or are you heading west? Okay, my curiosity aside... I still wonder why there isn't a Krispy Kreme in/near Boston, Cambridge and surrounds. Don't Ivy League students need sugar to get through the pressures of being hyper intelligent?? Do they merely subsist on coffee and the far inferior Dunkin Donuts? (And this is no offense to your taste, because although DD is certainly good enough to be horribly bad for you, you'll soon discover what you've been missing all these months. Nay, all the years of your entire life. We should honestly petition them to come to SA already! And while we're at it, get Starbucks here as well.)

I read about that splendid library on your blog. Baltimore's main City Public Library (Enoch Pratt, it's called) is good too, but FIVE storeys?!? REALLY? (Baltimore's isn't that enormous. It's big though, by SA standards, and the building is absolutely STUNNING.) Also, 75 books at a time?!? Wowzer. In Baltimore and D.C. it used to be a paltry six at a time. Maybe that's also an Ivy League thing. And you have MIT too! Then again, "we" have Johns Hopkins...

Enjoy your last month!! Your hubby done with his course yet?

Fatima said:

Good question?
They like starbucks and dd.
But there's tons of lil cafes dotted around Harvard, so they get their fair share of sugar rushes. There's a few cupcake / chocolate stores as well.

Don't worry, no offence taken at all.
My first time trying DD drinks was disgusting. I nearly spat it out.
The only thing I like are the hash browns (so bad, but i like it!)
I prefer Starbucks :)

I'll be heading to Washington in a few weeks for a 3-day visit. It's going to be a rushed trip because we have to be back in time for hubby's graduation!

I'm off to Canada in a few days to indulge in my last love affair with Tim Horton :) Now those are donuts! :) Unisa exams. I'm still a student - I sometimes wonder what possessed me to change qualifications midway! (oh yeah, i decided the boring lawyer thing is my husband's field and not mine)

That library is amazing. I am so sad to leave it. I am actually going to give the stacks a hug or two.

Redsaid Author Profile Page said:

Oooh, you ARE going to D.C. then! I'm sure you already have tonnes of stuff that you'd like to see/do, but if you are stuck for ideas, I have many suggestions. Apart from the Smithsonian (including the Air & Space Museum), you should also go to the Newseum & the Spy Museum.
And of course, the Library of Congress.

Do you like jazz? Try and go to the Blues Alley in Georgetown (www.bluesalley.com). It's pricey but so so worth it. An honest to goodness bare-brick jazz joint where all the legends have performed (Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis... you name the great, chances are he/she's been on that little stage). You have supper while the musicians play. Try and do the later show, because the first show has no encores. Also go to Duffy's Irish Pub. (www.duffysdc.com) Ask for Andy. (He's the owner.) Tell him I sent you and that I say hi. Even if you don't drink, they have the best chicken wings in D.C.. And more or less across the street from Andy's pub is another D.C. institution: The 9:30 Club. Amazing live music venue. During the first few years that I was there, a South African nanny friend of mine became a groupie for this unknown band who played there regularly. Who turned out to be Matchbox 20! The Washington Post recently did an incredible article about the 9:30 in honour of their 30th anniversary. Search for it, otherwise, if you're interested but can't find it, I will track it down again and send it to you.

Okay, I know you said you only have 3 days, but it's my city! And there are just so so so many places I can think of to send you to. A great 24 hour bookshop/coffee shop/diner/pool-all-in-one called 'Afterwords' in Dupont Circle.

Duchess has lived there too, so hey, chicka, if you happen to see this comment and you can think of any other places to send our intrepid South African explorers, feel free to chime in here.

If you're not too bewildered by my thousands of ideas, or you would rather focus on other places, let me know. Of course you should do the White House, Capitol, the Washington Monument, Arlington Cemetery (and go before noon so that you can visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in time for the changing of the guards), and yes, also the incredibly beautiful Washington Cathedral.

And oh, yes... don't forget www.krispykreme.com :-D

Okay, enough for now. Tell your husband early congrats from me on graduating. From HARVARD!!! Amazing. And hey, if not law, what are you studying now?

Mike Phelps said:

Hello Red,

On a positive health note, most of the Krispy Kreme stores in the North East U.S have been closed. The company over saturated the area with stores and also began competing with the stores by selling their donuts in convenience and grocery stores.

You can still buy them in the convenience and grocery stores, although they will not be fresh out of the oven and warm.

For freshly baked donuts, there is still Dunkin' Donuts...

Mike

Redsaid Author Profile Page said:

Mike: WHAT?!? Has my beloved Krispy Kreme truly become an endangered doughnut? That's TERRIBLE! (And with a name like Phelps, you should be swimming in carbs, and what better way to fuel that old natural tube around the midrif than with a few of Krispy Kreme's finest?) I never should have turned my back on that country. I was clearly the one person who kept that company afloat! Next thing you'll tell me that Starbucks is committing such blasphemy as selling... *shudders*... INSTANT COFFEE! (Yes, I know they are. I still can't believe it...) Seriously, what is that place coming to? SAVE THE DOUGHNUTS! SAVE THE STARBUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCKS!!!!!

May is almost over. Dare I ask ... is there a hapless stranger forever indebted to you? Or are you a procrastinator like me?

Redsaid Author Profile Page said:

alonewithcats: Oh, I'm a procrastinator all right. But I was actually so terrified that I'd be assigned a day to commit my "good deed" on which I would end up not leaving the house (or my bed), that I ended up grinning at strangers every time I did leave. (They looked frightened of me when I did that.) To build up a sort of reserve, you know? Just in case.

But I think I may have actually, during one of those excursions, ended up doing something that may be potentially useful to someone. Blog post to follow. Eventually.

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