Listen to Cary Umhau’s Interview by BBC World Service Radio on the value of play for adults:
…Cary Umhau has known first-hand what it feels like to be limited by city life and its constraints.
“I long wondered if I’d ever escape the little box I’d crawled into to make sense of life and to protect myself from challenges to a narrowly constructed worldview,” she said on her website, adding that she often felt like she was living in a “straitjacket.”
There was, she believed, something more to life that she and her community were missing.
Washington, loosen your tie. Someday soon, there may be a conga line dancing down K Street during your lunch hour. In an attempt to restore some of the whimsy of childhood to a workaholic city, a group of Washingtonians wants to bring adult recess and play to the capital’s corridors of power.
The group hopes to trick out decommissioned ice cream trucks and deploy them to cruise the city offering services such as on-the-spot hairdressing, chefs serving up cookies and milk, or “recess teams” that will bring line-dancing flash mobs to downtown sidewalks. They’d be called Spacious mobiles, and you’d be able to follow their routes on Twitter.