When we were kids, being dared to do something was just part of life. We played Truth or Dare at slumber parties and triple-dog dared each other to do crazy things out on the play ground. Well, there is now a way to pick up where you left off in the school yard.
Robbie Negrin is the guitarist for the Seattle band The Classic Crime. A couple months ago, someone broke into Robbie’s room.
“They used our barbecue tongs on our back porch and just pried the window open.”
He had a few select things stolen.
“I lost my Mac Book Pro computer, about $1,900, almost $1,000 in cash and a backup hard drive. It’s roughly about $4,000 worth of equipment.”
He will never get the irreplaceable photography and music demos back, but he needed help replacing his equipment. So he hopped on a website called Darelicious. It’s sort of like Kickstarter, except in order to collect the money that people donate, you have to execute a dare.
“Say you want money for a cause, you want money for a tattoo or a laptop. Dare your friend to shave their head for $2,000. You create the dare on Darelicious, post it on your Facebook page, post it on their Facebook page, get people to try and keep sharing it. Once your goal is met, you have to go video the dare, post it to the Darelicious website and then you get your money.”
Robbie is in a band, and he grudgingly sings back up vocals, but…
“I hate singing in public. I am not a lead singer whatsoever. So I decided to sing Call Me Maybe in public and I dressed up like Carly Rae Jepsen.”
Dressed in jean shorts, a tank top with a stuffed bra and a pigtailed wig, Robbie played guitar and sang Call Me Maybe at Pike Place Market and Seattle Center.
“People would just kind of smile and laugh and giggle and stuff like that. But whenever the chorus came up, “Where you think you’re going baby,” everybody would just belt that out at the top of their lungs. They were totally into it.”
In the end, Robbie met his goal of $1,500.
“It was actually a pretty good life lesson to be daring. To do things outside of your comfort zone. You can say afterward, ‘I did that.’ Whether it’s something you’re really proud of or you’re not. One day you’re going to look back and be like, “I was such an idiot, but that was so funny.’ You just can’t take yourself too seriously. When something bad happens you can always counteract it with something good. You just have be creative with what that good thing is.”