"Stay hungry. Stay foolish." - Steve Jobs
“Tomorrow: going to the [Cedar Rapids, IA] Farmer’s Market, wearing a shirt that says “Life” on it, and handing out lemons to people.”
I posted that status to Twitter and Facebook yesterday morning. Guessing 90% of the people reading it thought I was kidding.1 But at about 10pm last night, I wandered into Walmart, snagged a plain t-shirt, some spray paint, a duffel bag, and 1002 lemons. 100 lemons look awfully weird when they’re the only thing in a cart. Got them loaded into the duffel bag3, and got the t-shirt spray painted.
What was initially intended as a kind gesture turned into a mini-social experiment. The following are a bunch of notes from today, on a wide range of subjects.
All in all, it was a great experience and a lot of fun. If I brightened even one person’s day/week/month/year, then I deem the entire adventure a success. I’d totally do this again.
UPDATE: One of the workers that got a photo taken with me contacted me through email. I got her permission to post her message and photo below.
After a rather frustrating few months (and especially this past week) where I had quite literally quoted that saying ["when life gives you lemons…"] multiple times, I found it both ironic and appropriate that “Life” was walking around literally handing out lemons. After receiving my first one, and you had gone on your way, I regretted not getting a photo of something I found so ironic and yet appropriate. So when you came around again, I got this picture. So I’d say you can count that little adventure to be a success, as it definitely made my day. I wanted to say Thank You for being willing to step out of your box and do something a little odd (and yet entirely awesome) to put a smile on a stranger’s faces.
p.s. I still have not figured out quite what to do with my lemons yet…
Posted: Saturday, Aug 4, 2012