In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Pillow Fight Day
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
When was the last time you
had a pillow fight? Did you even know there was an International Pillow
Fight Day? We didn't either and we were invited to attend the event here in
Saigon, Vietnam at the City Park.
All of us who were
attending piled into the van, courtesy of
Compass Living and we were driven to the park.
Standing in line to
purchase a pillow
The event had a civilized
beginning. People here are standing in line to purchase a pillow if they didn't
already have one. Price: 60,000 dong or about $3USD.
There were hard and fast
rules to this game:
NO violence, and only soft
pillows were allowed. There were even "Zipper Police" to check out your pillow
for zippers or other hard object to be sure no one would be hurt with the
One mean pillow wopper!
We weren't allowed to pop
someone who didn't have a pillow, and if you had a camera, you were safe from
receiving a wallop too.
Take off your glasses!
Everyone was told to take
off their glasses because an unexpected bopping could find your lenses broken on
the ground. This could ruin your day, but as with any crowd, not everyone
follows the rules!
Winding up for a
built up and people were antsy to get started. Cold, free bottled water was
handed out to combat the heat.
Not too much skill is needed to
signal, everyone began popping others with their pillows. Some got into banshee
screaming and running as a group to do mass pillow walloping and that had to be
some of the most exciting moments. Surprisingly, it took more energy to whop a
pillow than one would expect. After about an hour and a half of bopping, bashing
and bonking, everyone was beat.
There we are in the center
After more than an hour of bipping and
bopping and a few waloozas the crowd gathered for a group photo. What great
innocent fun! The people who attended were of every age group and very social
and friendly. No one worried about "being cool" or presenting an image. Just
being there was proof enough that you knew how to have a good time.
By this time we all had plenty of endorphins
and continued to be silly. No one really wanted to stop! If you ever have the
occasion to attend an International Pillow Fight Day event, we highly recommend
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About the Authors
Early Lifestyle appeals to a different
kind of person – the person who prizes their
independence, values their time, and who doesn’t
want to mindlessly follow the crowd.