Saturday, May 10, 2008
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A Flash Mob is a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, do something unusual for a brief period of time, and then quickly disperse.
A WWFM is a World-Wide Flash Mob for Geocachers. This event will be one small part of WWFM III. Many Canberra geocachers participated in WWFM II at Aspen Island – see GC16VD3 (visit link) At the last event we had 66 people in attendance and 43 registered cachers. This time I want to get even more people coming along – so bring your family and friends – the more the merrier. New cachers are particularly encouraged to attend, and any visiting interstate cachers.
This event will begin precisely at 10am on Saturday, May 10th. The WWFM will be only 15 minutes long. You MUST be present and sign the log sheet DURING this time to claim this event. After 15 minutes… we're gone!
DATE: Saturday, May 10, 2008
TIME: 10 AM to 10:15 AM (only 15 minutes!)
WHERE: In front of the Australian War Memorial (AWM) – near the grassy steps in front of the parade ground
9:45 - 9:59 AM Participants wait patiently somewhere in the grounds of the War Memorial – there are plenty of outdoor displays to keep you occupied. STAY AWAY from ground zero until your GPSr clock tells you it is exactly 10 AM. As much as you can, act like a muggle, pretend not to know each other or give any indication that something is about to happen.
Note: Oddly enough, I have heard that there is some discrepancy between the clock time on Garmin & Magellan GPSrs. For the purposes of this WWFM the Garmin time is the official WWFM time.
10 AM When your GPSr clock tells you it is 10 AM the WWFM begins. Everyone now makes their way quickly to GZ. I will be there carrying a couple of buckets, so I should be pretty obvious for anyone who has not met me. As you arrive, you’ll be handed a log sheet. ONE log sheet per registered cacher. Participants will sign the log sheets (which will later become the log book). To qualify for attendance, drop them in the designated bucket.
10:12 AM - Prize draw/s - to be drawn from the logs in the bucket.
10:13 AM - Assemble for a group photo, and assemble FAST.
10:15 AM EXACTLY – It is time to IMMEDIATELY LEAVE the area. The event area will be evacuated without a trace. The log sheet bucket will be packed up. If you didn't get to it in time you can't log the event. Only those participants whose names appear on the log sheets may log this event.
If everything goes right we will have lots of people coming out of nowhere and gathering for 15 minutes, holding a geocaching event and then disappearing…This could be lots of fun and maybe even raise a few muggle eyebrows! For the Flash Mob to have its full effect, it must appear to come from nowhere and disappear just as quickly.
VOLUNTEER HELPERS NEEDED:
Based on previous experience I will need a couple of helpers for the following tasks:
1. Geocoin and travel bug coordinator – someone to be the designated recorder for all trackables as they come in – and preferably make a note of who takes what too. All trackables are to be given to this person on arrival.
2. Official timer – this time we don’t have the bells to keep us on track – someone is needed to keep an eye on the time so that everything runs to plan. Must have a Garmin GPSr.
3. Official photographer – someone to set up a tripod/camera with a timer for the formal group photo.
On the day I will probably co-opt a couple of others to help distribute and collect log sheets etc, but I would like to have 3 designated volunteers for the above jobs known in advance, so let me know if you are willing to assist with any of these jobs.
OPTIONAL POST-WWFM GATHERING/ACTIVITIES:
Anyone who is interested is invited to meet afterwards at The Outpost Café on the east side of the AWM for morning tea. Time to sit back and have a giggle about the earlier events.
While you are at the AWM you should also take the opportunity to have a look around – the “Lawrence of Arabia and the Light Horse” special exhibit closes later in the month, and there is also the new “Conflict 1945 to today” hall to visit. All being well, I will also be launching a physical geocache in conjunction with this event.
Note – if you are planning to attend this event, I suggest you put a watch on this cache – then you will be able to see any last minute information that is posted. For example, I believe a special geocoin is being produced for this event, so if you are interested in collecting GCs then details may be posted at a later date.
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