From a Political Junkie: Splashmob in Bellingham!

Permalink +

Sat, Aug 27, 2011, 4:42 pm  //  Riley Sweeney

Check out this entry on my native site, The Political Junkie, for all the pictures. Trust me, the pictures are worth it.

Writer's Note: We will return to more political reporting soon. I have a follow-up on the "Doug Ericksen is anti-working people" story I posted a few days ago, and maybe another candidate interview here soon. But in the meantime, this report.

A "flashmob" is a group of people, who organize online, to assembled and carry out one specific action. Splash is the sound of a waterballon hitting you. Combine the two, and you have a "SPLASHMOB!"

Emma and Abby (pictured left) created a facebook event asking anyone and everyone to come to the corner of Railroad and Holly, and at precisely 1 p.m., engage in a giant water balloon fight. To protect innocent bystanders, the participants were instructed to wear white and only throw at people wearing white and obviously involved in the event.

So, slowly, people gathered. Many awkwardly wander around trying to guess if others were waiting too. The minutes counted down. 

Before I knew it, a yellow convertible drove up next to the crowd and let loose a blast from an airhorn. Chaos exploded around me as water filled the air. I fled with camera to a safe distance and tried to catch the pandemonium.  

As far as good clean fun goes, I couldn't imagine a better sort of event.

Over 85 people participated, young and old. A boy by the name of Jacob kept close to his mother's legs as she dutifully handed him balloons to throw the two feet he could throw before they ruptured on the pavement.

While there was some general grumbling about snarling traffic for fifteen minutes, I didn't see any other disgruntled passers by. There were several seemingly new friends made that day.

All and all, it was a fine day for online organizing, people who hate the heat, and general good-natured fun. To any nay-sayers out there, most of the crowd stayed afterward to help clean up all the plastic. Now that is public service.

Update: Check out a video here (warning, there is some salty language.)

From a Political Junkie: Splashmob in Bellingham!

Sat, Aug 27, 2011, 4:42 pm  //  Riley Sweeney

Riley attends a flashmob tossing water balloons


From the Political Junkie: Doug Ericksen wants to eliminate collective bargaining

Mon, Aug 22, 2011, 2:37 pm  //  Riley Sweeney

Riley overhears Doug Ericksen discuss his plans

10 comments; last on Sep 01, 2011

How it is done - courtesy of James Fallows

Fri, Aug 19, 2011, 2:13 pm  //  John Servais

Rick Perry hardly breaks his shuffle as Bank of America promises to support his campaign for president.

1 comments; last on Aug 21, 2011

Linville outpolls Pike - on first count

Tue, Aug 16, 2011, 10:07 pm  //  John Servais

Primary election surprise. Challenger Kelli Linville leads 1st term incumbent Mayor of Bellingham Dan Pike.

4 comments; last on Aug 18, 2011

Instant Run Off voting would be nice just now

Tue, Aug 16, 2011, 4:10 pm  //  John Servais

Which candidates would we all feel best with? Our primary and general election process do not give us that.

1 comments; last on Aug 22, 2011

City to buy Chuckanut Ridge for $8.2 million

Tue, Aug 16, 2011, 8:26 am  //  John Servais

Last night the Bellingham City Council approved the purchase of Chuckanut Ridge for $8.2 million

3 comments; last on Aug 16, 2011

It’s finally done…except the lessons

Mon, Aug 15, 2011, 10:49 pm  //  Tip Johnson

Should we accept or dig into Chuckanut Ridge?

21 comments; last on Aug 30, 2011

Riley will be Live-blogging on Election Night

Sun, Aug 14, 2011, 9:54 pm  //  Riley Sweeney

Tune in to the Political Junkie for an election night liveblog!


From the Political Junkie: A Petree-Eye View of Downtown

Tue, Aug 09, 2011, 4:44 pm  //  Riley Sweeney

Riley interviews Clayton Petree about his view of Downtown Bellingham

6 comments; last on Aug 12, 2011

Gateway Telephone Poll

Wed, Aug 03, 2011, 2:52 pm  //  Paul deArmond

SSA running push poll on Gateway Terminal?

4 comments; last on Aug 16, 2011

From the Political Junkie: Riley’s Voting Guide

Wed, Aug 03, 2011, 10:29 am  //  Riley Sweeney

Riley shares what he is reading to help decide in this primary

16 comments; last on Aug 11, 2011

Commenting experience is improved

Tue, Aug 02, 2011, 6:15 pm  //  John Servais

Commenting on NWCitizen has been improved with a floating window.

4 comments; last on Aug 04, 2011

Sunnyland Neighbors are Target of City Council

Tue, Aug 02, 2011, 5:17 am  //  John Servais

Bellingham Council further restricts residents abilities to participate in neighborhood planning processes.

9 comments; last on Aug 08, 2011

We’re Screwed

Mon, Aug 01, 2011, 3:21 pm  //  Craig Mayberry

Overview of federal spending and revenue

5 comments; last on Aug 02, 2011

Let the citizens decide on Red Light Cameras

Mon, Aug 01, 2011, 3:01 pm  //  Guest writer

Johnny Weaver has a guest article about his initiative to ban Red Light Cameras in Bellingham.

4 comments; last on Aug 03, 2011


Election Info

Auditor Election page

State Results - Nov 3
Whatcom Results - Nov 3

Coal, Oil & Trains

Coal Stop

Community Wise Bham
Powder River Basin R. C.

Local Blogs & News

Bellingham Herald

Bham Business Journal
Bham Politics & Econ
Cascadia Weekly
Ferndale Record
Friends of Whatcom
Get Whatcom Planning
Latte Republic
League of Women Voters
Lynden Tribune
Noisy Waters
Northern Light
Twilight Zoning
Western Front - WWU
Whatcom Watch

Local Causes

Chuckanut C. Forest

City Club of Bellingham
Conservation NW
Futurewise - Whatcom
Lake Whatcom
Lummi Island Quarry
N. Cascades Audubon
NW Holocaust Center
RE Sources
Salish Sea Org.
Save the Granary
Transition Whatcom
WA Conservation Voters
Whatcom Peace & Justice


- Whatcom County

Port of Bellingham
Skagit County
State Results - Nov 3
US House
US Senate
US Supreme Court
US The White House
WA State
Whatcom COG

NWCitizen 1995-2007

Early Northwest Citizen

Weather & Climate

Cliff Mass Weather Blog

Climate Audit
Nat Hurricane Center
NW Radar
Two day forecast
Watts Up With That?


Adventures NW

Bellingham Wins
Edge of Sports
Entertainment NNW
Famous Internet Skiers
Recreation Northwest
Sailing Anarchy

Good Web Sites

Al-Jazeera online

Alaska Dispatch
Arab News
Asia Times
Atlantic, The
Change The Mascot
Common Dreams
Crosscut Seattle
Daily Kos
Daily Mirror
Drudge Report
Foreign Policy in Focus
Guardian Unlimited
Gulf News
Huffington Post
Innocence Project
Irish Times
James Fallows
Jerusalem Post
Joel Connelly
Juan Cole
Julia Ioffe/New Republic
Le Diplo
Media Matters
Michael Moore
Middle East Times
Nation, The
New American Century
News Trust
Online Journal
Palestine Daily
Palestine News
Paul Krugman
Personal bio info
Portland Indy Media
Progressive Review
Project Vote Smart
Sea Shepherd
Stand for the Troops
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Talking Points Memo
The Crisis Papers
The Intercept
the Oatmeal
War and Piece
Washington Votes

Quiet, Offline or Dead

Bellingham Register

Bhm Herald Politics Blog
Bob Sanders
Carl Weimer
Chuckanut Mountains
Citizen Ted
Citizens of Bellingham
Cordata & Meridian
David Hackworth
Facebook Port Reform
Intrnational Herald Tribune
Jack Petree
N. Sound Conservancy
No Leaky Buckets
Northwest Review
Protect Bellingham Parks
Sweeney Politics
The American Telegraph
Wally Wonders