10 June 2010

MISSION: Late-Night Ninja-Style

Secret Agent L here! Well, it's no secret that I love everything from Quotable Cards. I mean, they are IT for me. So when they so generously sent to me a box filled with all manner of goodies, I knew right away that I wanted to do this particular mission I'm about to share with you here.

We all know that the work week can feel a million years long sometimes. And we all know that some days, we just need to know that we're doin' okay, that we're worth so much more than just our job titles.

So, tonight, I decided I'd take some of these inspirational cards from Quotable and leave them somewhere I knew they'd be seen right before the workday begins tomorrow.

And I wanted to make sure that everyone who saw the mission knew that I completed it just because. Because I love and believe in kindness.

Location: Craig Street and Fifth Avenue, bus stop across from St. Paul's Cathedral, Oakland neighborhood

Date: Thursday, 10 June 2010

Time: 9:58 p.m.

Thanks to my friends at Dunkin Donuts, I had some cards for free iced coffees to give out. Who wouldn't like one of those to start their Friday with?

I attached my business card to each of the free iced coffee cards...

...put them in an envelope...

...and attached a little note to make sure people knew to take one.

Secret Agent Boyfriend graciously helped me out with tonight's mission. We hopped in the Secret Agent Mobile (otherwise known as my Chevy) and made our way into the Oakland neighborhood.

We pulled up near the intersection of Craig Street and Fifth Avenue...

...right across from none other than my church: St. Paul's Cathedral.

There's a bus stop across the street from my church, and every day when I pass it on my way to work, there are always a lot of people at it.

The pole on which the bus stop sign hangs was the spot I knew I wanted to do my mission. So, with the amazing tape-rolling skills of one Secret Agent Boyfriend, I attached the Quotable Cards to each side of the pole.

I'm a little unclear about what the other stuff was that was already posted on the pole, but I tried to be courteous and not post over any of it. I'm a big believer in the freedom of speech, and I wanted to respect what others had already posted there.

It took a few moments to get it all on there, because we had a couple of instances of people walking by (yikes!) and, wouldn't you know, AN ACTUAL BUS STOPPING RIGHT AT THE STOP WHILE I WAS COMPLETING THE MISSION! Luckily, my back was to the bus, so nobody could see my face.

Other than that, we didn't have too much trouble. Traffic wasn't too heavy, so there weren't a lot of cars driving by as we worked.

There was, however, a security guard approaching me just as I was finishing up. I simply turned and walked towards my car as if I was just taking a nice evening walk. No harm, no foul.

But I can't say I blame the security guard for approaching me. I mean, I was dressed like a ninja after all.

Yup. That's me, everyone. I wore all black and covered my head so nobody would recognize me. Let's hope it worked!


Dawn&Brian said...

Oh, this is so awesome!!!!!!

EvaNadine said...

good work, Secret Ninja L!

Anonymous said...

We love you!! That is Awesome! From the folks at Dunkin'!

Kat said...

I found your cards while I was on a run this afternoon! I'm a HUGE advocate of random acts of kindness (I bought a homeless man breakfast and a gift card for lunch and dinner just this morning) and they totally made my day. I must very guiltily admit that I took my favorite card- the white one about doing something- because it really spoke to me (and I'm trying to document beauty in Pittsburgh and just had to have something to mark the beauty that I had stumbled upon; I wish I knew there would have been pics on the website!). I try to dedicate my life to helping others and doing charity work so this little light post was a huge find. I just wanted to thank you and see if I could help. Wishing you the best- thanks for brightening my day!

Margo said...

I saw your cards as I was leaving work last week! That's my usual bus stop, and it was definitely a pick-me-up after a long day. Not sure if you've been back, but they lasted until yesterday, I think. Nice idea, rest assured that people appreciated them!

michelle said...

yes! ninja of kindness :D i hope i can make helloSAL just i can tell you face to face how awesome you are

Jesspgh of Consume or Consumed said...

Ah I love this. So glad I found your blog via twitter!

I was just stocking up on cards for various summer events (weddings, showers, grad parties) at Wild Card in Lawrenceville. Another great place for quotables...

Melissa said...

This made me laugh so hard! What an amazing thing you did (in such an outfit)! :D