|Tallying up the scores...|
B-This was your typical scavenger hunt. You had a list of items that either needed to be found or photographed. I kept it limited to The Friendly Center (local outdoor shopping center) and downtown to try to limit the travel time. There were a total of 68 items, including 10 riddles to solve. And the riddles were hard. There was one that was so hard that no team got it. Granted, I had a typo that made it impossible to figure out, but still.
How much time did this take to plan?
B-Hard to say. When you are doing something you love, you just lose track of time. But in all seriousness, all of my hourly charges are detailed in the itemized bill that I sent to Shanzie.
What was the funnest part about organizing this?
B-I enjoyed coming up with what people had to scavenge, particularly the riddles. I enjoyed the looks of frustration on both my wife and Shanzie's faces when I told them I couldn’t give them any details of the scavenger hunt because that would have been inappropriate. That was all a lie though, I could have told them, but I really enjoyed that feeling of power. Also the friendships.
Do you think you did a good job?
B-I included a Comment Card for Shanzie to fill out rating her experience. I will wait to see what comes back, but I would say it was an A to A+. Some comments that were overheard Saturday night during the post-hunt party...
“This was the best birthday party ever, including the time when my parents got me a bouncy castle”- Shanzie
“I am in a moment of euphoria, scavenger hunt high is so much better then a runners high”- Beezus5
“After watching you host and lead a scavenger hunt, my love for you has increased twofold. I am the luckiest woman alive”- JM
“I am an expert on Ashton Kutcher”- Curly T
***all of these where made up, except for Curly T. She is an Ashton Kutcher expert.
Did you have a sense of fulfillment once it was over?
B-You know, I did. It might have been because while everyone else was out scavenging, I was drinking at the bar (special shout-out to Old Town Draught House). But I would say it was about 70% sense of fulfillment, 30% beer.
What if anything would you change about the hunt?
B-It was pretty much perfect. But I would look to limit the driving. Both Beezus5 and Mrs. Acorn may or may not have run over a pedestrian. (Note-No participants or innocent bystanders were injured in this scavenger hunt)
Do you think Hobie was mad that you were doing all the planning in front of him and then didn't even invite him to participate?
B-Hobie and I are cool. He understood that with his heightened sense of smell, he would be at an obvious advantage in regards to scavenging. He said as long as I didn’t include his bone in the hunt, he was ok with not being invited.
Which team did you want to win?
B-I had a soft spot for Team Mo-Tif-vated. I mean, they only had three people, two of which were from out of town. I think they did well for all they had working against them. Plus, they were the only ones to put together a team outfit. Oh, and JM’s team. We made a pact 2 years ago to always support each other through better and worse. I know you are thinking it was our wedding vows. Nope, it was an OIB Olympic Games Unbreakable Vow overseen by Beezus5.
Why didn't you give your wife more of an advantage over the other teams?
B-One, I put JM on the team with the only participant who could fit into Harry the Happy Dragon. (PHOTO needed.) Two, JM and I have been to 99% of the places on the list together. Three, she lost because of a key tactical error. I gave everyone 10 minutes to strategize before the hunt began, but Team Mo-Tif-Vated was the only one to take advantage. Yes, they finished last, but still, she should have focused on the higher point riddles. That’s Scavenger Hunt 101.
|Team Member with Harry the Happy Dragon-5 Points|
Would you consider the Scavenger Hunt Extravaganza a success?
|Team Photo-5 points|