Free Music, Free Love the summer of 2010 “starts” with Babies First Outing

Folklife Festival 2010, May 31.  Andie was a little more than 1 week old when we decided to bring her to the Folklife Festival at Seattle Center.  We had never been, but it’s basically a big Free street fair with amateur music, street food, and crafts.  To be frank, I had never wanted to go.  It was pouring rain when we decided this would be our first big adventure and it was relatively painless and rewarding to prove to ourselves that we can, in fact, live in a world outside of our house.  And the great news, nobody got stabbed or shot (unlike previous years)! 

Enjoying some moistness and the Gospel show at Folklife 2010, the baby is covered up (see we are responsible parents!)

 

Because Folklife is a “free” event (you are encouraged to donate), there seemed to be a lot of the stereotypical people who seek out large, free events.  This includes, but is not limited to, a ton of teenagers.  Observing this teen behavior was relatively interesting.  There was a predominance of signs that said Free Hugs amongst the teens, even the ones who appeared to have homes. 

Now, I’ve been to a bunch of Dead shows and if not fully embraced, at least tolerated the faux closeness garnered at events, but at Folklife I couldn’t think of anything I’d rather do less than hug some random person.  I did a little digging after the event and found that there is a free hug movement, and it has surprisingly nothing to do with psychedelic drugs… or so they say. 

Free Hug? How about not.

 

You can learn all about their free hug movement at the “Official Home of the Free Hug” – jesus, even Oprah is jumping on this bandwagon.  I’m pretty sure this is how David Koresh and the Jonestown guy got started.

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7 thoughts on “Free Music, Free Love the summer of 2010 “starts” with Babies First Outing

  1. Der Kommissar June 10, 2010 at 9:33 am Reply

    Seattle Kung Fool — Which stock is rising/falling faster, Free Hugs or Bros Icing Bros?

    • seattlekungfoolery June 10, 2010 at 9:45 am Reply

      Nice, I got a comment from Der on my blog, that’s like Kanye getting a shout out on his album from Vanilla Ice…. When is Der starting up his own blog the public is asking, the time is now Der! And in answer to your question, both of them are plummeting amongst thinking, relatively (but obviously not too) secure males. “I could accept your generous offer of a free hug or ice/rub down, but I’m secure enough to say no, in fact that’s gross”

  2. seattlekungfoolery June 10, 2010 at 9:48 am Reply

    I had no idea bros icing bros was such a phenomenon – that’s terrible, on slightly worse than free hugs, but just terrible. This is my favorite line from that post, “I remember the first time someone sent me a link to that Bros Icing Bros shit, I thought it was a site about frat guys raping each other with ice dildos. That would have been sooooo much better than what it turned out to be.” hilarious!

  3. […] frankly, because it’s a pretty far out saying.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve railed against things like “FREE HUGS” signs and I will never stop until all of those signs have been destroyed and the sign waivers are […]

  4. […] I the only weirdo in the world that wants a HUG RIGHT NOW? Perhaps. Although I have railed against free hugs before and will always hate that concept, I do want to occasionally show my appreciation for our […]

  5. […] I the only weirdo in the world that wants a HUG RIGHT NOW? Perhaps. Although I have railed against free hugs before and will always hate that concept, I do want to occasionally show my appreciation for our […]

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