Bubbles and hugs in Schenectady

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Weeee!

We happened upon what was, for a few minutes at least, easily the happiest place in the Capital Region Wednesday afternoon in Schenectady.

Why? Bubbles and hugs.

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Following a free preview performance for kids of the Gazillion Bubble Show in Proctors' Robb Alley (Dawn says it was fun -- the full show is October 8), there was a bubble free-for-all on the sidewalk under the theater's marquee on State Street. There were bubble machines running, and the Proctors staff handed out tiny bottles of bubbles to the crowd.

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In case you had some doubt, kids + bubbles = smiles. (Unless you get too close to the bubble machine and they go in your eye. Then, kids + bubbles = crying.)

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As it happened, Wednesday was also free hug day at the Paul Mitchell salon school across the street. As a few of the students explained (after trying to hug us), they were "daymakers" today -- basically they were practicing the art of making people feel good.

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It turned into a pretty funny scene. Kids screaming because of bubbles. A throng of young women, all dressed in black, trying to give hugs to everyone.

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Paul Mitchell students Brittany and Alex. They figured that their class had given thousands of hugs Wednesday.

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Reportedly there was guy somewhere in there. He was never. seen. again.

Comments

I wish I was in schenectady on Wednesday... I can't think of a better way to "never be heard from again."

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