A little closer to the date of the attempt, I ran into some bad news...
Two days before Friday, my partner wanted to push the event back and I wasn't willing to cancel or reschedule it. I posted this post/video to try to find another friend to shake my hand for 42.5+ hours. Juan Diaz de Leon, who I met from speaking at Ignite Denver, stepped up to the challenge.
That wasn't the last hardship, though. We already had Zephyr Brewing (One of the Founders Rich Wisniewski pictured with us) providing beer for volunteers, had dozens of volunteers/witnesses lined up, and thought we had University of Denver as venue. After all, they are my alma-mater, and I donate to them each year.
And my plan B also fell through...
Guinness World Records requires it to be a public venue, and that in combination with the attempt lasting through two nights means it's not easy to just find just any venue. Plan B was my company's office, Handshakin Video Series, (where I pay rent!) and the property manager notified me of a major maintenance issue. Are you f*cking kidding me?
I told myself that maybe it wasn't meant to happen... there were so many moving parts and right when I got one planned, it would either fall through or something else would come up. I was hours away from cancelling the entire attempt.
But that all changed when I walked into Redford's Tavern to give one last effort to finish planning the attempt when ran into my friend Stephanie Short who saved the day and found a way for us to use their unopened upstairs bar. Like their Facebook page if you like the University of Denver area because they allowed this to happen.
Finally, the day of, we had a late start from our planned start time of 10:00AM on Friday, 1/29. We started shaking hands with the cameras rolling at 11:20AM MST.
After we shook hands for 8 hours, it was very hard to swallow the fact that we wanted to go for 40 more hours. We had already eaten meals, had several volunteers come in and out, and also tweeted individual reporters and emailed news channels. Whew, what the heck were we going to do to get through the next dozens and dozens of hours? Especially after we start suffering from fatigue?
We got into Periscoping to livestream what was happening and probably had 20-30 online fans that were super engaged each time we'd turn it on. One of my friends even purchased the domain name handshake.party and created a landing page when he wasn't hosting the livestream. It's amazing to see what just a few people can do when they're dedicated to fighting towards a single cause. Also, here's a video 8 hours into it: