Free hugs

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K so There's not a lot of words to describe the events of this weekend. I will let the pictures do the speaking, but needless to say...It was one of the best days of my life. I can't stop smiling today, even though I have a cold and I have to teach at 8am tomorrow. It is truly amazing to see the  impact a simple hug can have on so many lives. I participated in my first free hugs campaign yesterday and I can say without any doubt that is was the single best day of my life. I started around 12pm and did not stop until around 10pm. We took an hour for dinner. It was incredible seeing the smiles and laughter from people. There are so many wonderful stories to tell. My life is forever changed by this and I believe some of the people I hugged very well might have changed as well.
my new friends
It seems like with each hug I gave (and I believe that I personally gave well over 1,000) there was a story told, not with words, but with the look in there eyes and the energy I could feel and the emotions that were present...I believe some of these people needed the hug and that's what made the difference for me.

Some of the highlights: the guy with the white hair, white outfit, and little white cat ears on his head...what a good attitude, hugging the dog, all of the grandmas that would hug me back, the business men gave the most profound hugs, the little kid that held a sign for a while, the school girls that would line up to hug me (I was the only guy for a while) and take pictures (I'm definitely on a few Korean phones and digital cameras at the moment), free donuts and the guy who bought me lunch, the guy that had some Japanese sign (not for free hugs) yeah I definitely made him trade signs with me for a bit cause I felt like he needed a hug, the two guys from the military I caught hugging.
..always a proud moment, and there was one girl in particular that started crying after she hugged Jake and I-this represented one of those moments in life that is indescribable in the way it makes you feel...just to see tears of joy from a simple hug was out of this world amazing and made me feel joyous, it truly was one of the single best moments of my life, the one guy who said "but I'm not gay" and responding "well good you shouldn't have a problem hugging a stranger then," the guy who gave me his lucky poker chip, the girl who gave me 4 roses and the following 3 girls I gave the roses to and the one girl at the bar later I gave my last one to, the guy who got off of his scooter...parked i...walked over and hugged me, the brother man from Detroit (got the good ole US of A hand slap love), the two kids who literally ran to me and jumped on me, the kid who grabbed my leg and would not let go, making 12 new friends through one of the greatest events in the world, rain coming down and not slowing down a bit.
spreadin the love
..i think it actually increased the force of the hugs...must be something about dancing in the rain that make people want to give a more profound hug...... then sleeping in the subway for an hour till it starts running again followed by passing out on the subway and missing my stop by about an hour

...Just some highlights
Hey_You says:
Dude! makes me want to hug somebody !
Posted on: Mar 23, 2009
highway_chile says:
Yeah, we made some videos too, but the only problem is that youtube is in Korean here and I think you have to download them from there, so once I can get my friend to help me I should have them up...along with some others from previous trips

Thanks for the comments :)
Posted on: Mar 23, 2009
bigbudd1 says:
Your description of this day makes me feel as though I was there and wish I was! So very proud of my boy..miss you and hope that cold gets better soon...is it? Many hugs to you..
Posted on: Mar 23, 2009
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The crew
The crew
my new friends
my new friends
spreadin the love
spreadin the love
Jake and I
Jake and I
I definitely had the best sign
I definitely had the best sign
I couldnt get her to move her arm…
I couldn't get her to move her ar…
thats right
that's right
yep....as a button
yep....as a button
get yo weeve gurl
get yo weeve gurl
yeah we traded hugs for a lambo
yeah we traded hugs for a lambo
cap the night off with... a dance …
cap the night off with... a dance…
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photo by: chiyeh