Games of Nonchalance

By , May 13, 2010

The pay phone is ringing as you reach it, so you quickly answer. The voice on the other end is instantly recognizable as that of Commander 14. He instructs you to begin dancing, and so you dance. From nowhere a breakdancer appears, boom box in hand, and dances with you. Things get really weird when Bigfoot turns the corner and joins the dance. After a few moments, Bigfoot hands you your next clue and he, and the breakdancer, quickly saunter away.

What just happened? How did you end up here? Who is Eva, and where has she gone? Is Octavio Coleman, esq. behind her disappearance? And just where *does* one acquire hobo coinage??? Your quest begins on the 16th floor of 580 California Street in San Francisco.

I want to say so much more, but I cannot. I’ll simply tell you that some time ago a mysterious cult invited me to a free orientation session. Once inducted, I began to notice the divine occurring all around me in a thousand miniscule ways. Soon thereafter, via encoded transmissions from another realm, the Elsewhere Public Works Agency enlisted my help in their ongoing battle against the Jejune Institute, perpetrators of “False Nonchalance.”

If this sounds amazing to you (and believe me, it is amazing), and you are in the Bay Area, visit the Jejune Institute and begin your journey down the rabbit hole.

Whatever you do, and no matter how difficult it may be to resist, do not search for details about any of this. This is probably the funnest way a person can spend an afternoon (or three) San Francisco, for free by the way, and knowing what is coming ahead of time will ruin the entire experience. Googling it before doing it is akin to working a crossword puzzle with the solution in front of you– boring and pointless. Trust me on this. Now go have some fun.


7 Responses to “Games of Nonchalance”

  1. Liz says:

    by the end of the second paragraph i was pretty sure you were talking about jejune…i have heard of this and i really need to go…


    Otomo Reply:

    What I don’t get is how they fund something like this. It seems so elaborate and with an office in SF, that’s not cheap. It’s really free?


    Peasprout Reply:

    @TBROtomo, It’s really free.


  2. Kim says:

    i sorta looked it up but thankfully the link that described it didn’t give it away. all it said was that it was a mystery and lots of fun.


  3. Paula says:

    I love the Elsewhere Public Works Agency – tres cool.


  4. Ashli says:

    i am so confused right now


    Peasprout Reply:

    @Ashli, Confusion is the point of the Jejune Institute!


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