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I am not even taking part in GISHWHES... and yet, I found myself today in the pouring rain in Stanley Park, soaking wet with glue in my hair.

Let it not be said that I am not a good friend... at least on occasion. 

The event had been postponed until 3pm. If it had taken place at noon, like it originally was supposed to, everything that follows could have been avoided...well, nearly everything. :P

I'd say there were about 200 people there. We were confusing the locals... though, truth be told, the locals were confusing me, because who the hell goes running/biking/strolling through Stanley Park in such miserable weather!

Misha arrived and was a bit flabbergasted at the sheer numbers. There were many people though, like me, who had come as support for their crazy friends. Misha looked quite nice, I must say. 

They divided us into teams of 20 and then told us to build popsicle stick towers. Point rewards would go to highest and most beautiful.

We were to build them on the beach. One member of our team was in a wheelchair though and couldn't go into the sand. This suited me fine. I stayed up with her on the sidewalk, thinking that I had cleverly found an excuse not to get covered in sand. What I hadn't factored into my thought process was the fact that I was kneeling on pavement, in the rain...the only place the water had to go was into my jeans. Also, my leg muscles were not prepared to kneel for that long, they are stiffening as we speak and not in any sort of good way.

It poured rain the entire 1.5 hours we had to complete the project. Did I mention that? Basically, as soon as we started, a heavy rain cloud opened up above us and did not move on until Misha had called time.


The problem with rain is that it makes glue somewhat ineffective.

We realized that the team next to us had the right idea. Team "We Tried", they called themselves. They made a devil's trap in the sand with their popsicle sticks and then declared their contribution to the days events over - and off they ran to hide under the awning of the closed canteen, where Misha had ordered us all pizzas, though admitted that we would probably lose if we took the time to eat them.

Misha had also brought along a musician to serenade us while we worked. He walked around for a bit, but then the rain really dumped and he hid under the awning too - serenading those who gave up and were waiting for the their cabs.

Misha walked around and talked a bit. He made sure that each group of 20 people got a picture with him. (He missed one - Team "We're the only ones who can get it up"...which is why in the video I have, he tells Team "Get it up" to meet him "in the men's room." lol) Like anything Misha does, everytime I passed him there were a small gaggle of fans following him around and talking to him. (I never stopped, as I have a very sensitive "this is awkward" meter that prevents me from doing such things.) I did overhear one teenage girl as if he had any acting tips - and I didn't hear his response, because I was already passed them and walking away, but from the tone of his voice, he seemed to be giving her a serious answer along the lines of "just keep at it."


At one point my friend walked by Misha's PA... again, it was pouring rain. My friend said, "So, is Castiel going to have a cold in the next few episodes he films now?" and the PA answered, "more like pneumonia!" (The PA was actually very attractive. If I had been in a position to make a better impression, I would have hit on him.)

Our team did not win highest or most beautiful. We got the non-rewarded prize of "Most Intimidating" because it nearly fell on Misha. (I did not get a picture of the tower. Those are on my friend's camera and will probably only be available to be seen once GISHWHES is over.)

He ordered more pizza at the end, to make sure everyone got some.


Here's a video I got of his concluding speech. Unfortunately, it's very very dark...so you can't really see anything. To give you a feel for what winter in Vancouver is like please keep in mind that this video was taken at around 5:30pm.

And that was my day. I am now wrapped in the warmest sweater I own. (I have also taken an allergy pill, because I may in fact be allergic to the warmest sweater I own, but, goddamn it, I want to wear it!)

Date: 2012-11-05 09:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] borgmama1of5.livejournal.com
Um...wow. I would have been on 'We Gave Up Before We Started' as soon as it started raining...

Date: 2012-11-05 08:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
And you would have been WISE. ;)

Date: 2012-11-05 02:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quickreaver.livejournal.com
You are the bestest friend ever. Just gotta say.

Date: 2012-11-05 08:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
:) Thanks. I do try, on occasion.

Date: 2012-11-06 03:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaybee751.livejournal.com
I second that! The bestest.
Edited Date: 2012-11-06 03:40 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-11-06 05:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
I admit to having fun. ;)

Date: 2012-11-05 02:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] metallidean-grl.livejournal.com
Despite the weather, it sounds like good times were had by all. It's too bad you didn't get the weather up there that we had in Portland. We had overcast skies, but no rain. The rain came later in the evening. I hope you were able to get warm and that your knees didn't suffer irreperable harm. Thanks for the details. I kept seeing comments and pics on twitter so I was curious about the day. Misha is one crazy dude.

Date: 2012-11-05 07:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Well, it certainly was crazy...and you just had to laugh at how absolutely ridiculous we all were.

Every part of my body is still functioning today, albeit a little stiffly, so I think I think I'm fine. :)

Date: 2012-11-05 03:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dairygirl.livejournal.com
You are an insane, supportive friend. I hope there is no pneumonia involved for anyone.

Date: 2012-11-05 07:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
That I am. No, pneumonia today! Though, apparently my glutes got a good work out, because yesterday turned out to really be a pain in my ass! ;)

Date: 2012-11-06 01:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] claudiapriscus.livejournal.com
Oh, this made me grin. What a crazy random adventure :) Also, hurray for good looking PAs. Even if you didn't hit on him, at least you got the eye candy. Also, damn, Misha is a good looking man. Sometimes forget, then I see the occasional random candid photo where everyone else in the photo kind of look like drowned rats and he still manages to look awesome and I go, "oh, right."

Date: 2012-11-06 01:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
It's true, at least Misha brought us nice things to look at (himself and the PA... who is apparently a PA to Jean Louise, not Misha, I got that wrong, but whatever).

Yeah, I don't think he had any right looking that good, personally, not when I was soaking wet with glue in my hair :P

Date: 2012-11-07 05:12 am (UTC)
nic: (SPN)
From: [personal profile] nic
I was there too! But I am actually in a team. ;)

It's 2 days later and I did end up with a cold. :( I was in the rain most of the time and missed on the pizza. GISHWHES ... it makes us insane.

Date: 2012-11-07 05:14 am (UTC)
nic: (Payson)
From: [personal profile] nic
LOL, that's me running (behind the fence) at 20 seconds. I was a teensy bit late.

Date: 2012-11-07 05:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
lol nice! You got there just in time. ;)

Date: 2012-11-07 05:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Awesome! Well, not awesome that you ended up with a cold - but awesome that you were there too!

I was really worried I'd end up with a cold too, because we had another item to get done afterwards - so I ended up stuck in my soaking wet jeans for two additional hours... though, I DID manage to get a hot tea.


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