Last week I participated in a scavenger hunt that was a team-building event for my hub's Finance department at work. The hub's admin was the one who invited me to be one of the "things" they scavenged for, so he didn't know I'd be there.
The hunt took place in downtown La Jolla, full of nice restaurants and shops and always bustling on a Friday afternoon - especially in the summer. I was told to hang out reading What the Dog Ate on the bench outside Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. There were 6 teams, and even though the hunt was to last all afternoon, they were told that my particular clue was only good from 2 to 3 (so I didn't have to sit there forever).
The clue was something like: "The dog ate my homework" is one of the most common excuses in America. Stop by this 3000 mile mountain range for a sweet treat, where you'll find a La Jolla author who can tell you what else the dog ate.
When I got there, the bench I was supposed to sit on was otherwise ocupied by a homeless guy. Luckily there was a tiny little wall about 6 inches off the ground in front of the shop, so I sat on that and pulled out my book and tried to make the cover obvious.
Only 3 teams found me. It was funny because they'd run up to the store and then stand there staring at it not knowing what to do. I'd smile and wave (btw, I only know about 5 of the 80 people that work for Mike locally so they had no idea who I was...) and they'd go, "Are you part of this?" And I'd say, "Read your clue again." Then they'd "clue in". They had to take their pic with me to prove they found me.
|Mike's 2nd in Command managed to find me!|
I thought for sure they'd lose, since I was a 100-point "find." (One of the highest available, I might add!) But, no, true to his competitive nature [remember last year's badminton tournament? and who could forget this year's dodge ball], they won! So, our winning streak here continues. In addition to a fine "winner" gold medal, the whole team won Amazon gift cards. (I told him if his team knows how to suck up to the boss right, they'll each use part of their gift card to purchase the boss's wife's book!) But wait, there's more... they also won this fine trophy:
|Get it? ...a "G-gnome". (It's a biotech company... cute, eh?)|
- If you want to draw people to your window, put chocolate in it! So many people stopped to look, drool and take photos -- some of them even went in and bought stuff! (I was one of those people...)
- Sometimes cliches are cliches for a reason. There was a fat security guard in front of the jewelry store next door whose belly was so big he could barely reach to tie his shoes when he put his foot up on the planter. Two separate toddlers that toddled by with their parents threw fits when Mommy said "no chocolate." And tourists will snap pics of anything -- even candied apples in a window.
- People watching (and eavesdropping) in La Jolla is fun! I heard at least 6 different languages: Spanish, French, Italian (I only know a few words of Italian but I heard them decide to go for gelato instead. Another cliche?), Russian (pretty sure it was Russian, or something close to it anyway - I recognized that sort of "wuzgsh" sound a lot of their words have from when we went there long ago), Swedish, and Japanese. Plus English of course. And add an 8th language if you count "cussing like a drunken sailor" as another language.
Scary homeless man aside, it was a fun afternoon. And Mike wasn't the only one who came home with goodies. For participating, Mike's admin gave me a bag of dog treats for Rita, which she has very much been enjoying over the weekend. And I gave myself a dark chocolate caramel-covered apple. Hey, it's a fruit!
So everyone was a winner.
|Daddy brings home the hardware again! Hooray Daddy!|