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Vancouver Public Space presents Pirates of the SeaBus Today.

“Arrrgh matey! Come join us for our next exciting party in public space. Find a parrot and slap on your eye patch… and then join fellow public space revellers at the SeaBus platform at Waterfront Station.

We’ll be hoisting the skull and crossbones and singing pirate shanties as we journey to North Vancouver. After we sack the city (just kidding) we return to Vancouver we’ll parade to a top-secret public space location and carry on the merriment. There’ll be music and fine pirate merriment. Best of all, there will be gold dubloons to be had by all.”

They’ve posted some last-minute information for those who’ve signed up to the Facebook Event. Here’s an edited-to-summarize version:

Our plan is to take the 8:40pm SeaBus over to North Vancouver, sing pirate songs along the way (thanks to our two acoustic pirate bands), hang out there for a wee bit and be back in Van within the hour. From there, we’re going to visit at least one public space in the downtown core, possibly two.

(1) If we can’t fit everyone on the first Seabus, there will be a wait of approximately 1/2 hour for the second Seabus. If this happens – please be chill, there will be a band to entertain you.

(2) Please keep your ears open. We’ll be passing along key instructions throughout the adventure and we’ll need your help in moving fellow pirates from one site to another.

(3) Please be respectful of any Translink/security folks that we encounter en route. Remember to buy your ticket.

(4) Please be especially nice to any folks who may just be SeaBus users of the non-pirate variety. Our message is: boat of pirates = good fun. Please help to spread that message

Post SeaBus, there will be a brief parade to the downtown public space(s).

Remember, pirates are respectful of their allies. We’re asking everyone to pitch in to keep the good vibe going, because transit parties like this will only last as long as everyone behaves in a reasonable fashion.

We appreciate your help.

Onward to Pirate Glory!

-Vancouver Public Space Pirate Team

I’m thinking of going to take pictures

Two Lovers
Originally uploaded by Jonathan!.

From Vancouver Public Space:

3 Minute Kiss Freeze

Looking for something equally loving to do today? The following idea comes courtesy of a VPSN member who was inspired by the recent frozen-in-place revelry at New York’s Central Station.

Here’s what’s you do:

Grab a friend, partner, family member, pet or… ? and head down to Waterfront Station for 5:00pm!

At 5:00 pm start walking through the Waterfront Skytrain station, on February 14, 2008. Time your time piece to the atomic clock.

At 5:20 pm, FREEZE in a KISS. The kiss can be on the lips, on the cheeks, on the hands, on the wall, whatever – explore your creative options.

Make sure your alarm on your watch is set for 5:23 pm, at which point we will all casually move out of our kiss and keep walking moving as if nothing has happened. Yes, it’s basically like a flash mob but toned down a notch.

Waterfront station on google maps.

gives you confidence in doctors, doesn’t it now? reinforcing that people only see what they wish to

Gravity vanished in the pile of feathers that flew out of all of our enthusiastic pillows yesterday. It was lovely. More people were there than I expected would brave the threatening rain, (which didn’t follow through), too many people to attempt reciting names, but special shout out’s to everyone who came to Taff’s after for lemonade and cranberry ginger-ale floats. Adam has done us the joy of putting up pictures and video, (Vicki has some photographs too), and I have made a PillowFight Flashmob Flickrset.

On a related note, in that it also involves hilarity, flashmobs and photography, Patrick‘s picture of Eva and I holding hands has drawn the attention of the academic community.

This is a copy of the letter he received:

“Subject: lesbian zombie wedding.

Hi there

I’m carrying out some research for a book to be published in 2008 by Berg, Oxford. The book is called Fabrics of Desire, and one of the chapters will focus on the selections made of garments for lesbian civil partnerships. I’m interested in the ‘singular iconic and symbolic wedding dress’ and how it gets challenged anew by the possibility of ‘double brides’.

I should let you know that my partner and I celebrated our CP in September 2006, and that my interest is for genuine scholarly research. I would be happy to anonymise any information as necessary.

I noticed that you had some civil partnership images on your flickr pages and I was wondering if you could help me in any way with research for the book.

I would like to contact lesbian couples who would be willing to discuss the significance of the garments they chose, and give me some insight to how they marked their ‘special day’ through their choice of clothes.

It may be also possible that we could discuss using your images in relation to their interview if this seemed like a good idea. I would be most grateful for any help you are willing to give.

If you wish to forward my email onwards to any interested people, please feel free to do so.

I do hope that you will be able to help, and I’m really grateful for any assistance you can give me.

Many thanks

Best wishes

Dr Catherine Harper”

The picture in question, taken at the 2005 VanZombieWalk:

Lesbian Zombie Wedding