“How about celebrating Valentines Day by spreading your love around the District and giving out some hugs.”

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via Ride of Hugs: DC Metro Flash Mob Hug

From Ride of Hugs: DC Metro Flash Mob Hug:

“Sunday
at 11:30 AM – 3 PM

How about celebrating Valentines Day by spreading your love around the District and giving out some hugs. Join the DC Couchsurf community for this spotaneous love fest.

11:30 am: COSI (700 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001)
12:00 pm: We’ll all walk to the Metro Center Entrance at 12th and G, pay, re-gather on the platform for the Blue/Orange/Silver lines
12:30ish: On the group leader’s signal, board the same train heading towards Smithsonian station.

Once on the train, act natural, find a seat or find a place to stand safely. We want to appear as though we are regular passengers. When the train pulls away from the station casually turn to the “stranger” next to you and ask, “Hey, would you like a hug?!” This “stranger” will say, “Sure!” and you will both hug. All over the train, and in many of the cars, we will all be asking around to see if anyone would like a hug. (We will begin by asking those of us who got on the train with the group and are “in” on the plan). Keep asking all around the car you’re in. Over the next two stops, you can begin to ask bystanders on the train if they too would like hugs. Be sure to be polite even if they politely decline.

12:40ish: Exit the train at Smithsonian.

12:45ish: Head over to the National Mall to meet up with Couchsurfers who will be giving out free hugs on the mall.

12:45-3:00pm: Hug some strangers, make a new friend, spread love and joy and acceptance. ♥

This isn’t required, but we’re encouraging everyone to wear something red. Whether it be a red scarf, hat, head band, bandana, coat, shirt… whatever it might be. Oviously, this won’t be the primary identifier to who is in our group, since there could be a lot of red that day, but it’ll be a nice touch once by-standards realize we’re all part of a group.”

14 Comment

  • Umm, no thanks! This would seem a little weird anywhere, but even more so in a big city…

  • The intent is nice, but come on — “faking” a spontaneous hug encounter??
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    It’d be much better if the idea were “OK, everybody! Let’s meet at Dupont Circle at noon and HUG each other!”
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    Particularly given all of the recent violence in stations and inside Metro trains, I would be a little alarmed if I were in an enclosed space like a Metro train and some stranger asked me if I wanted a hug.

  • This is weird, and I’m one of the few people who thinks that the no-pant Metro thing is ok.

  • So much no. This is making my skin crawl just thinking about it. I hate being hugged, even by people I know. Just. NO. Respect personal space.

    • “Be sure to be polite even if they politely decline.”

      Nothing here says they will hug people without their consent.

      • So if I came up to you on the Metro and asked if I could give you a massage, you’d have no problem with it, even if you declined?

  • That would make me stay at home the whole day. I hate being hugged even by people I know, so this would be the worst!

  • Translation: “Mace me, please”

  • On the plus side you’d be able to put faces to the names of everyone on the local, neighborhood sex offender registry.

  • No no no. I just picture a bunch of creepy dudes in trench coats!

  • Yeah, don’t ever touch me…

  • Criticizing these types of events always makes one seem like a curmudgeon on the surface but this reminds me of those people who hold signs demanding passersby smile. It’s a very extroverted view of the world – “you couldn’t possibly be happy unless you’re beaming ear to ear and engaging with me”.

    Being an introvert I’m often ecstatic on the inside but straight-faced. I’m not comfortable interacting with large groups of strangers and to violate people’s space by even asking for a hug, much less delivering one, seems to be disrespectful.

  • Aglets

    I wish my first thought wasn’t “gross” but it is. sorry.

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