With 5 minutes left in the day (well, plus 3 hours for where Misha is), I realized that I sent well-wishes over Twitter, but I wanted to do something beyond 140 characters.  Thanks to work, I haven’t had the time today before now.

So without further ado…

Isn’t it wonderful to think that 40 years ago, the world got a little bit weirder, and a little bit kinder, and nobody knew it at the time.  That 40 years ago, events were set in motion catalyzing an effect for change that affect thousands of people across the world, filling them with the drive to be more creative and kinder than they’ve been before.  And in the true spirit of Random Acts, it’s quite poetic.  That one little act, the birth of Misha Collins, would affect so much positive change in the world.  So for Misha’s birthday, keep that in mind: one random act CAN make a difference.

I’m so happy to know someone like Misha is out there in the world.  I love him for his acts of kindness, and I love him for the infectious smile that can make me smile just by seeing it.  I love him for the fun he brings to the world just as much as I love him for all his dorky (often failed) pranks against J2.  He makes me laugh just as much as he makes me “WTF” and jokingly curse his name.  I don’t love Misha because he’s oh so attractive.  My love doesn’t stem solely from his brilliance as an actor. 

What I love about Misha is that he facilitates opportunities for people to realize their own wonderful qualities and abilities.  What I love about Misha is how he opens people’s eyes to the opportunities all around them; opportunities for art, for kindness, for courage.  What I love MOST about Misha is that simply by being his weird, loveable, crazy self, he shows others that they can be unabashedly themselves, too.

I’m so happy someone like that is in the world.

Happy Birthday, Misha Collins.  I hope you had a truly magical day, and that many more of them are to follow.

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'Supernatural' star sends 100 visitors to grandmother's Baltimore retirement home

Misha Collins organizes scavenger hunt that draws contestants worldwide

By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun
5:50 p.m. EDT, August 12, 2014

When the first contestants arrived at Roland Park Place retirement home bearing cards and flowers, residents and staff weren’t sure what to make of them.

But then it became clear: they were participants in an international scavenger hunt, organized by the grandson of a resident, Mrs. Doris Tippens.

Tippens’ grandson, Misha Collins, plays the complex angel, Castiel, on the CW show “Supernatural.” 

He’s also a bit of a real-life angel, organizing the “Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen” (AKA #GISHWHES) for the past four years.

The scavenger hunt draws thousands of contestants from around the world, who make art, stage performances and perform acts of charity in the week-long competition.  The scavenger hunt is a fundraiser for Collins’ charity, Random Acts. 

This year, Collins, 39, asked contestants to stop by Roland Park Place, or another retirement home, as part of the scavenger hunt, which wrapped up on Saturday.

More than 100 people — about 30 different groups of contestants — arrived at Roland Park Place bearing cards, flowers, candies and doughnuts, said the retirement home’s public relations director, Bridget Forney.

Several contestants brought along their children to meet the residents. The video above shows two young brothers passing out handmade cards and sharing hugs with the residents.  (Sniff! Must be some dust in my eyes.)

Tippens, an 89-year-old retired school administrator, said she doesn’t see her eldest grandson as a television star, but just a nice young man.

Tippens said she’s very proud of him for organizing the scavenger hunt, and knows her late husband would also be proud.

"They do good things. They have fun and they make a lot of money for charity," said Tippens. "I approve."

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You or your pet, in period costume, seated on a Game of Thrones-style kale throne. Make it so good that GOT producers would want it as a marketing poster.

"In the game of GISHWHES, you win or you win. There are no losers in GISHWHES. GISHWHES is equal awesomeness for all." Trust Pippin Snow; unlike his namesake, he knows all.
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