I like scavenger hunts. I’ve participated in one or two, and provided the items on the list don’t involve doing anything illegal, too embarrassing or too impossible (University of Chicago, I’m looking at you), I look forward to participating in future ones.
I missed one last weekend, the Impossible Montreal scavenger hunt, which was actually far from it.
Three teams participated, making videos and taking pictures to complete their tasks. As an example, here are each of the three groups performing their own haka:
There were other fun things, like doing a Rick Mercer-style rant about Rick Mercer or eating as many steamies as possible. Another one was Peter Mansbridge/Wendy Mesley slash fiction, that’s just too good an idea not to link to, so here they are: The Sub-Librarians, The Flying Feltchions, #swag (bonus pointless references to Mutsumi Takahashi, Debra Arbec and Lori Graham in the latter).
The full list is here (PDF, after some humourously-crafted rules). Each of the participating teams used Tumblr accounts to upload pictures, video and text of their exploits, which you can find here:
- First place: The Sub-Librarians
- Second place: The Flying Feltchions
- Third place: #swag (pronounced “hashtag-swag”)
Wendy Mesley, that name evokes such nostalgia for me ! More than a quarter of a century later, I recall her covering the Quebec legislature. On one occasion, she was standing on the steps of the Quebec legislature whilst wearing an impossibly short black micro-mini-skirt & cute black hose whilst interviewing Rene Levesque. It was a very breezy day & the winds were of such force that Wendy had to struggle to remain up-right & conduct the impromptu interview. ( hey, perhaps, maybe, I should have a go at this ‘ slash/fiction ‘ stuff ! ) I cannot recall the year, but it was in either the 1970s or 1980s. I’m delighted to see that she is still active !
PS : I had the delightful experience of seeing the All-Blacks perform their ‘ haka ‘ at a home game in New Zealand in the early 1970s.
All this reminiscing is making me too happy, & that is not good for an existentialist person like me. I think I should lie down & think sad thoughts so I can re-acquire my angst.
The event organizer here. Just wanted to say that the challenge to find an intersection where the street names are identical was lifted directly from one of your Montreal Geography quizzes.
You’re more than welcome to join us next year!