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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??


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

is a South African girl living in South Africa. That doesn't sound very original, we know, but you might find it remotely interesting when you learn that she has only recently returned to South Africa for the first time after a nine year, one month and two week (non-stop!) stint in the United States where she accidentally became an outlawed alien (also known, especially in immigration circles, as an 'illegal immigrant.' We prefer the term 'outlawed alien' ourselves). During her reversed exile from her homeland, she kept herself occupied by winning this website (but only after shamelessly bribing the judges) and thus being unleashed on the web where she slowly, leisurely became the World's Laziest Blogger; by being a nanny and by attending sci-fi conventions in search of other aliens. In the US, she also made her sailing debut, her international acting debut, tried and failed to learn the piano, and never learned to cook. She is hopelessly addicted to coffee, dogs (especially Labrador Retrievers), how-to books (with a particular fondness for her copy of the Time/Life A - Z Medical Encyclopedia), and she tends to grossly overuse parentheses (we're not kidding) during her attempts at writing, which you may - if you really have masochistic tendencies - subject yourself to by reading the words to the right of this column. If you REALLY and truly STILL want to know more, you can read her C.V. here.
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