20 Flowers -- 20 Strangers, International Women's Day
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March 8th, 2008 – by: mickeyd302
One should not brag of good deeds either grand or minor. For it one does, the goodness of the deed merely becomes food for the ego and loses itself as being labeled "good". On the other hand, I hope this will be the first step of something bigger. Perhaps, some fellow travelers and ex-pats would like to organize something with me to combat the depression which seems to accompany some holidays. I personally find myself hating some holidays. They seem to make me really depressed especially if i find myself alone and the world seems to be screaming "This day is meant for these people, you are a loser for being left out!" The reality is there are plenty of us left out of the holidays. We may think that we are alone, but the fact is we are not alone at being alone.
International Women's Day -- Azerbaijan
This holiday is not that big in the United States, but it is huge here. When i was living in Nakhchivan, everyone asked me about what my plans for that day. The reality was I did not know what I was suppose to do during this holiday. Everyone told me to send well wishes to all of the women i knew, so i just sent text messages.
1. Any woman who was carrying around gifts or flowers would not get a flower.
2. Any woman with a man would not get a flower. (For obvious reasons)
3. This is not a pick-up session. In other words, I would say, "Happy Women's Day," give the woman the flower, try to take her photo to prove that I did give her flowers on this day and then move on. If someone wants to talk -- great, but do not force a conversation.
4. Give to the entire gambit of ages. Little girls to grandmothers could get a flower. Do not give to mostly hot young women.
2. It might be against the law here for a stranger to give a woman a flower -- you never know, there are stranger laws.
3. Possible commitment to a psycho ward.
4. A woman taking the gving of flower as me making a pass and beating me over the head with her purse.
After shooting for the tv show today, I ate and went to the underground of the Baku Soviet metro area. There were some guys there seling flowers. i bought 20 red carnations for 10 manat. I thought carnations sent the right message as opposes to other flowers, but i could be wrong as each culture is different. I then wandered around the outside of the metro area for about an hour.
I know that some people might criticize me as there are greater causes which merit greater consideration. I totally agree. On the other hand, i would argue that if we want to change the world in the slightest for the better, we need to work with the "common" people -- the people who are random strangers whom we may never see again, but still make the majority of the population. It is the simplest things that make the most lasting impression.
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