Monday, September 10, 2007

Spontaneous Pillow Fights - Feathery Fun

Spontaneous urban gatherings, flash mobs – even though I live in a large city, I didn’t know what this meant until I read WebUrbanist, a blog about urban culture. The post on September 3rd explained that these flash mobs are arranged either through the Internet, cell phones, or text messages. A time, place, and theme is broadcast and people just go.

They gather to do the silly and inane activities from childhood that most adults think themselves too mature to take part in, like the pillow fights. I am fascinated by this. What a great stress reliever it must be to meet up with strangers in a public place and spontaneously have a pillow fight, or water balloon fight, or dance to music from the Broadway show Grease. The gatherings last until they are over, with no time constraints on the fun. It’s over when everyone goes on their way.
Imagine how it must have felt to be near the San Francisco Ferry Building on February 15, 2006 when 1,000 people converged from nowhere onto the open mall and produced pillows from backpacks and shopping bags. I can hear the laughter and the squeals as they all began pummeling each other with fluffy bed pillows. Feathers flew in the air like snow flakes. The laughter was contagious. No one was hurt. The police were not called. It was just people enjoying people and I think that’s cool.

In the United States, we need some stress relief. We need to have fun. We need to laugh. I can’t think of a better way. I found the Pillow Fight Club for those of you who want to get in a few good shots with a downy dream catcher. I also found this article about flash mobs in Austin, TX.


DrowseyMonkey said...

That's too funny! I've never heard of this before either.

Lisa McGlaun said...

It's it funny! I'd love to find one and jump right in.


Anonymous said...

Sound like fun to me...altho with the hot summer we've had I'd like to find the nearest water balloon "fight!" Now doesn't that sound cool!?! :-) Mom Mc

Charlotte said...

Lisa, you keep getting awards and tags because your blog is great and you are so awesome! I enjoy it so much.


Lisa McGlaun said...


I'm with you. The water balloon fight is the way to go.

Love you,

Lisa McGlaun said...


The feeling is mutual..:)


Rudi said...

look like fun hehe


Lovebabz said...

This is way cool! Oh my, I would love to go to an old fashined pillow fight. Do they do kickball too? I am happy just knowing about this---thanks Lisa


Priscilla Palmer said...

I'm sorry I should have given you the link of the tag earlier. The Personal Development List is located here , there is also a recently added button on the side bar.

Lisa McGlaun said...


I think that when these things are organized they can have any theme that the participants wish. I love to know how to get one started. If I find out I'll post about it.