Around the World and Back

On Tuesday, I went to go pick up my sister from JFK. She was returning from a crazy ten country adventure after leaving a job that she hated (which I totally commend her for). 100% envious. I wish I could just leave and do something crazy like that. I mean, I could close down my office and live the 4-hour work week but I like my job and I like the people I work with. Not happening anytime soon. So I just sat there on the Air Tran, dreaming of where’d I’d go, overhearing yuppies with overstuffed designer bags discuss their next exotic destination – Australia, Chile, Malaysia. Malaysia? Malaysia sounded good. As a joke, I checked in to JFK and commented “Off to Malaysia pz”.  If I had a laptop, I really would of just booked a flight and left right there… alright maybe not..

That night, I wondered how authentic I could make this trip look. I was on the fence of actually pursuing a fake vacation until a friend told me how hilarious the idea was. Why not?

I needed to fake some check-ins, which I thought would be fairly difficult considering how much value services like Foursquare put on location. Apparently, it really isn’t that hard. All you need to do is spoof your location on WiFi/GPS and VOILA, you’re in Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Although to their credit, when I tried to return to JFK in an hour, they did basically say I was full of shit.

But the check-ins weren’t enough. I needed to take it to another level: photoshopping (although I use Fireworks). At first I just ripped pictures, cropped them and uploaded them from my phone (hey, i’m on the go right?). But then to be more authentic, I placed myself into the pictures. But I wasn’t getting much of a response chilling with the locals (horrible photoshop) or in front of Batu Caves.

I decided to turn it up a notch and head to Singapore, where the mysterious Eduardo Saverin is rumored to be hiding. Naturally, I met up with him for a few drinks.

Late night drinks with Mr.saverin

Original Picture - sorry dudes for taking your body

Still not much of a response.  At this point, I was getting pretty tired of photoshopping stuff, its fun but incredibly tedious. I needed an out and looked towards former President Bill Clinton. He travels quite often for his organization.

Clintizzle. Dude got old

Someone has to call me out on this, RIGHT? Kind of.. but most people bought it.

I actually told my sister I was faking all of this the day before (Ruby) and even she believed it (pretty sure she thought I was a loser). You’re so gullible big sis.

But I was busted nonetheless, bringing an end to this little charade. Ah, I was hoping to go to Thailand too : (

Lessons Learned:

  1. Gaming location-based services is easier than stealing candy from a baby
  2. I am awesome at photoshopping
  3. I need a vacation

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