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Syncronized Swimming Team During Lunch?

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6:41 am on Jun 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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A bunch of you at the conference may have noticed something stange during lunch on Thursday. A group of about a dozen high school girls in bathing suits and caps pranced around the ballroom, performing a syncronized swimming dance routine.

Any info regarding this bizarre instance, I'd sure like to know what that was about.

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A "Syncronized Swimming Team Turing Lunch"? In other words an aquatic, self-emulating meal? Dunno what it was, but sounds very geeky to me.

(Sorry, couldn't resist, look up "Turing Completeness" if you've no idea what I'm on about)

3:49 pm on June 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I guess a group of cheerleaders also hit the lunchroom one day (I missed both)... I believe an affiliate company hired them to do some Guerrilla Marketing...
3:50 pm on June 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Yeah, it was bizarre. I thought they were a little young to be doing that.
6:02 pm on June 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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right Jake, 14-17 imho (and I have a trained view).
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Very wierd, guess it wasn't enough that they had about 10 people in their gear everyday. I wonder what the ROI for that was. Hmmm...
7:21 pm on June 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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right Jake, 14-17 imho (and I have a trained view).

say NO more Mr. B ;)

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7:26 pm on June 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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right Jake, 14-17 imho (and I have a trained view).

say NO more Mr. B ;)

choke. rofl.

7:51 pm on June 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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everything below 18 is too young, that's why guys. :)
9:38 pm on June 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It sounds interesting, I wish I would have seen it.
10:01 pm on June 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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As long as the team got some cash for new equipment or something next year it probably wasn't too bad a gig.
2:45 am on June 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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ooops. looks like i put typo in the header. how do i edit my post on this forum software? if i cant, moderator please...
3:21 am on June 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Done. ;)
5:20 am on June 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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You didn't get the pamphlet? My boyfriend was got a copy, I'll have to ask him again about it. The girls were walking around the hotel that way before they started swimming.
1:23 pm on June 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I've seen those girls later on Burbone streen perfoming same tricks :-)

And I got their flyer at lunch but I dont remember the message :-). Probably was looking more on girls then the flyer. I do remember that the company that hired the girls had a booth in the cellar.

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I think it was one of the gambling affiliates that had a booth downstairs. We ran into the 'swim team' in Jackson Square that night. The people who were with them all had shirts on that I think said Lucky Diamonds on the back...something Diamonds anyway. It was very bizarre. The had the girls posing with the fortune tellers and taking their pictures. The lead one on the team would yell out - "Hey Girls - Let's Go Over Here!" And then they'd all 'swim' over to another section of the square making these swoosh swoosh sounds. It was odd even for the French Quarter!
5:36 pm on June 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Oh, I miss all that. Just saw them walking(normally at the time), around the hotel. I thought he meant they actually went swimming. LOL. That's too much. It's hard to make an impression on Bourbon street, sounds like they managed.
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it really was quite disturbing to watch.
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Many things I saw in New Orleans were "disturbing". The only nature I saw until later in the week was a tree growing out of the sidewalk. Luckily, the perfect place was chosen for the Pubcon and then I was lucky enough to get a personal tour of the beautiful places in New Orleans.
10:03 pm on June 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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"They" came from the cognitive dissonance school of marketing.

Dear Marketing Genius: Next time you want to disturb and perturb me into unfocusing on my table's discussion and the food in my face please do so by dressing up little school girls - if you're hell bent on such people as you "reps" - in dresses.

This edgy little production had just 1 iota enough of "something not perfectly squeaky clean" to pretty much piss me off.

Ya, ya. It wan't exploitive of anything. I mean, you'd have to be a dirty old man to see it that way, right? I mean, it was an aquatic display, plain and simple. That's why they had to come equipped in their little outfits.

Call me wrong or crazy but this wan't nothing but cute. Cute is print dresses and bows in the hair. This was "something extra well clothed in plausible deniability". Marketing genius, right?

Try to convince me of that about my daughter of similar age - that the job requires her to prance around a roomful of mature men in her bathing suit - and I'll give you an aquatic show, head first in the nearest toilet.

(Second rant in as many days. Time for a holiday.)

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I didn't see them perform, but waded through their sea of shiney hair and congratulatory bubbley squeeks, "great job girls!", "you were sooo awesome" in the ladies room right after...
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Try to convince me of that about my daughter of similar age - that the job requires her to prance around a roomful of mature men in her bathing suit - and I'll give you an aquatic show, head first in the nearest toilet.

Or even worse - down Bourbon Street. That really suprised me when I saw then prancing down the middle of the street on Thursday night...

7:50 pm on July 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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The girls weren't in bathing suits. They were wearing shorts and tank tops. FortuneFun [fortunefun.com] has been using the synchronized swimmers for some time now. I'm sorry if anyone was offended. It's meant to be a funny, silly, family-friendly stunt. We've been on the news around NYC and we wanted to take it out of town.

In New Orleans, our choreographer recruited local dancers. As for some of the dancers being under 18--they were professional dancers, part of a dance troupe, not "booth babes."

You can see more about the swimmers here:
[flickr.com ]
[promo.fortunefun.com ]

The cards we gave out led here: [promo.fortunefun.com ]

 

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