I realize that it’s been a really really really long time since we’ve posted anything and for that we apologize. That’s what happens when life gets in the way of Bloggers. Anyway, I thought I’d share my experience with GISHWHES, I remember I promised I would.
I should probably start by saying that I was very fortunate in finding a group of like-minded individuals to join with. I found these amazing people through the Wonder that is Facebook. I’m in a couple of Supernatural and Misha Collins Facebook groups and when registration came around, many posted asking for people to join. At first I was hesitant because I really don’t trust the Internet but then I thought, “Fuck It!”
Just as I was going to sign up, I ran into another problem….I didn’t have the money to register. For a couple of days I thought my Grand Plan of doing something exciting for once in my life had been brought down by a measly registration fee. Fortunately, someone from the Facebook groups sent me a message saying she would love to sponsor me. I’m just going to call her Saint Sarah because she kind heart gave me a chance to participate in this adventure.
MY THOUGHTS WHEN I FINALLY REGISTERED
The team that I joined, along with Saint Sarah, was Team IDontThinkSo. I met many fun people who shared my love for Supernatural. Now that may not seem like a big deal to you, but when you have friends who tell you to stop spamming their Pinterest with Destiel/Supernatural themed pins you kinda feel alone. Just because they don’t understand something, it doesn’t mean it’s not awesome, right? Anyway, we all got to know each other a little bit. We learned who were GISHWHES veterans and who were the newbies. We even learned where our skills could be applied for the upcoming challenges.
Once the Item List was posted, we all picked which once we wanted to do and shared our projects with our teammates on our Facebook page. One of things I did was “build an Elopus using all natural materials”. What is an Elopus, you ask? It is a cross between an octopus and an elephant. I went to my backyard and used the rocks to build it. Did I mention that it started to rain that week? It was kinda hard to put that thing together when I’m tripping over mud and I could only put it together when the rain stopped. I found it amusing how no one in my house was surprised by my behavior.
My dad actually came outside and say, “What the hell are you doing?”
“Making an Elopus.”
It was amazing to see what the Team came up with! It was also fun to do something silly. One of the Items was have a crazy name announced when the Starbucks barista gives your order. Too bad that the Starbucks in my city are a bunch of snobs. I tried to get them to cooperate, I even told them it was for a scavenger hunt! But they weren’t having it. So thankfully, Robin(my teammate) got that challenge done!
But not all the challenges were just doing something crazy. Some things were to bring awareness to problems we have in the world. For example, one challenge was sign up to be a bone marrow donor, but you had to be really serious about it otherwise it wouldn’t count for points. Misha Collins even signed up to be a bone marrow donor! I didn’t have the courage to do it, but Kathleen and Heather had more balls than I did. There’s a special place in Heaven for people like that.
But another issue that was brought up was the struggle between the Ukraine and Russia. One of the challenges was to wrap yourself in a Ukraine or Russian flag kissing; you got bonus points if you were actually at the Russian/Ukraine border.
I think I’ll conclude with how much fun I had. I made an elephant/octopus hybrid in my backyard, I made a pop-up book, made a public service announcement about Jellyfish Overlords(sadly the video wouldn’t cooperate with Robin), I let go of a grudge, and I even gave a ridiculous name to a Starbucks barista(even though the bastards wouldn’t say it). I also watched others, people I’ve never met in person, crawl out of their comfort zones as first timers and veteran Gishers encourage and help the newbies. I’ll always be thankful for this experience and I hope that I’ll be able to participate next year. I also hope that I’ll be teammates with the same amazing people.
TEAM IDON’TTHINKSO ROCKS!!!