I took part in thrilltheworld this morning, a yearly event seeking to break the Guinness World Record for the most people dancing simultaneously to Thriller around the globe. There is a morning dance slot and an evening one, but with the forecast for snow, and various other Hallowe’en-related events, the morning slot was the best option for me and my friend.
I got up at 6:30 to drive to my friend’s house so we could ride together to Great Barrington, about another hour from her house. Check-in ended at 9am, and the official dance time began at 10am.
It was freezing out! The forecast was for snow later today, and I think it was about 30°F when I got to my friend’s house, and probably a bit warmer by the time we got to the school where the dance took place. I didn’t realize we would be dancing outside! I thought they’d hold it in the school’s gym.
There were a lot of teenagers and younger kids there, but also a good showing of older people too.
I had learned and practiced the dance yesterday, so I was a half-step or more behind the rest of the group, but that’s why I stayed in the back. My favorite part was getting Zombified:
We all warmed up and ran-through the dance on the track, but the official dance took place on the field. We started out by lying down on the cold, wet grass for about a twenty-second count, and then began our rise as zombies until the music cue that starts the dance steps. It was so fantastic to see such a variety of people who all knew the moves, and were dressed either typically, or in costume with full Zombie make-up.
I had brought a white Zombie outfit that I put together last night, but it was way too cold to wear it, so I stayed in my street clothes. I’m glad I wore my ‘Spooky’ graphic-T-shirt today, so at least I had something apropos on.
Despite the bone-chilling cold, we had a fantastic time. On my drive home, it started to snow, and there’s about two or three inches of accumulation already. I think the forecast was calling for eight to ten inches of snow, but I hope the weather report is wrong… I can’t remember the last time it snowed this much in October. It’s too bad because I really wanted to go to a Hallowe’en party tonight, but I guess it’s a movie and hot chocolate evening instead.
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