You’ve stumbled upon this odd post, with no idea of what the charming, yet ridiculous host has in store for you. He seems to have mixed things up once again and you feel like a new adventure must be starting, yet what’s up with the apples? What’s happening now?
Then suddenly you vaguely remember that it’s National Eat A Red Apple Day, and you’ve just bought pears. Damn. But where did he go? Has he lost his mind? Suddenly, you’re transported into a room with just two doors. On a small table between the doors is a blue iPod with a note that says, “Play me… it’ll be fun, I promise.” You look around cautiously, even though you know you’re completely alone, as you always do when you’re about to do something silly. You grab the iPod, put on the headphones (wiping them first on your shirt), and press play.
“Hey there! It’s Charlie!” says an unfamiliar voice as you’ve never actually heard Charlie speak. “That guy who runs Doodlewash,” he says next as if anticipating your confusion. “So here’s the deal. I was getting lots of great suggestions of things to do for a December project, so I’ve figured out a way to do them all! I’ll still be using things people are celebrating somewhere as initial inspiration, but there’s a big twist.”
“Turns out, there’s a ton of things happening in December all over this silly little planet. Actually, there are way too many to choose from each day, so where we go next will be up to you dear reader. What better way to enjoy Adventures in Watercolor Sketching than a Choose Your Own Adventure style story? I used to love these as a kid, so I’m rather arrogantly assuming you’d love them too. You may think they’re complete rubbish, but hopefully that won’t stop you from playing along with me.”
You pause, and think, “is this guy certifiably insane? How the hell is this going to work?” Looking around the room you realize there’s also a blank sheet of paper on the tiny table with a date at the top: December 2, 2015. But that’s tomorrow, you think, as the voice leaps back into your ear.
“Oh sorry, I was distracted by another cute cat video. It’s cruel to scare them with cucumbers, don’t you think? At any rate, tomorrow’s page is blank and I’ll need your help if I’m going to fill it. I hope you’ll indulge me by making the choice for me.” The screen on the iPod changes to a timer with the letters “-ish” after it, which begins counting down. “There’s just 16-ish hours left to choose!”
Just below the date on the paper, a question magically appears. You hesitate, and think, “do I really want to go on this adventure? I mean this guy is nuts!” But then you remember, it was also Pie Day today and he just gave you some apples, so obviously he needs your help to understand what one should celebrate. Finally, you’re in charge! So you answer the question…
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