Learn what is to be taken seriously and laugh at the rest. ~Hermann Hesse
This past Saturday proved to hold an exciting day! My sister was on her way home with a new bundle of puppy. The very same day, my company, Thrill of the Hunt, was holding another scavenger hunt event in Shadyside, in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, called the WannaBe 80’s Scavenger Hunt. Not to mention a big day wouldn’t be complete without a little attitude and whining from Kyle.
Let’s start in the early afternoon with the arrival of Avery Piper. This 20 pound cute playful puppy really turned the house inside out. Scooby, being a grumpy old man was not too pleased to have the rambunctious visitor. He was growling and nipping and just plain being a bully. Pretty much everything we expected out of Scooby. Seven on the other hand was curious and almost excited to have a new friend. Maybe he remembered how hard it was to be the new doggie on the block. Seven had to deal with Scooby solo and maybe Seven just wanted to be a mentor, a friend to Avery.
Then let’s discuss, Storm, my cat. She is a year old and is not very friendly with other people, strange places and certainly not puppies. She was clearly the one who was the most upset. She sat up in her perch (This is a tree house type of structure I built for her. It stands about six feet tall and is equipped with multilevel sitting areas and carpeting. It’s a place for her to escape the dogs.) and puffed up till she resembled a soft fluffy ball of cat. She was hissing, and growling, and spitting and swatting her razor sharp claws (I can attest to that!) at the completely ignorant puppy. Did I mention, as far as we know, Avery has never seen a cat before? So this was a real treat for her. Her Avery, not her Storm.
Avery, a.k.a. Acorn (yes I already gave her another name to instigate my sister!) was just so happy to be hanging with all of us and truly didn’t understand the disdain of Storm and Scooby. She was jumping on the furniture and wanting to play like it was a big party. Even though I did soak up the playful energy projected from this short haired, pig tailed eared, clumsy, teething youngster, I was still concerned for the stress levels of my Storm.
While all this was going on, Kyle and I needed to get ready for the WannaBe 80’s Scavenger Hunt in Shadyside. It started at 3:30 pm, which means we needed to be there between 2:30 pm and 3:00 pm to set up, sell any last minute tickets and hand out brochures to continue to get our name out there. Not to mention it takes at least an hour from Latrobe to get to Pittsburgh, depending on the traffic.
Kyle and I had the car packed and everything ready. I am not a procrastinator, I figure why give myself added stress that I can control, when there is always something unforeseen or uncontrollable that inevitably pops up. That’s enough excitement for me, so that’s why Kyle and I packed the car and ran through our checklist the night prior. We also went through the same list one last time before heading out, to cross our T’s and dot our i’s.
God has really blessed us in our new adventure. I mean it. Recently, Thrill of the Hunt has been commissioned to develop and administer the Discovering Greensburg Scavenger Hunt for Seton Hill University, the Pittsburgh Marathon is having Thrill of the Hunt build a scavenger hunt for the race expo, Exploring Inspiration Scavenger Hunt and for their 10k, 5k, Pet Walk in North Park this October, Witches Brew Scavenger Hunt. Did I mention thus far, for all of our scavenger hunt events we’ve had perfect weather? Yes! I know the weather will never cooperate one hundred percent, but to start out and get acclimated to our scavenger hunt events, it certainly does help.
The WannaBe 80’s Scavenger Hunt went off without a hitch! It’s funny, Kyle was being such a kid during the day, wanted everyone to play his card game and wanted to sit on his iPod and play games and not practice his piano or read his Lord of the Rings The Two Towers book, yet when he was in the car with me and most certainly when we got to Shadyside to set up, Kyle changed his tune quickly, without being asked. Kyle didn’t complain one bit, he went right to work helping to set up and he even started reaching out the pedestrians supplying them with brochures. He was supporting Thrill of the Hunt in best possible manner. When he met with people, he shook their hands confidently and truly was the perfect assistant! I don’t know if Kyle likes the work, enjoys being part of the company or is just innately aware I would kick his butt if he misbehaved. But he was a great business partner and the perfect assistant!
Either way, as like most times hanging with Kyle, we had a great time! I try to be very approachable and friendly to potential clients when I’m representing Thrill of the Hunt. I stand by my station ready to answer inquisitive looks and comments as those unknown to Thrill of the Hunt walk by. Yes, I stand for the hours it takes to complete the scavenger hunts, unlike Kyle. One of his weaknesses. To keep his body from complete shock, I had him stand with me in little spurts before he would retreat to his bench to sit and relax. I’m fine with that, for now!
Kyle cracked me up! During the WannaBe 80’s Scavenger Hunt, the participants not only had to figure out the riddles, but they had online challenges to execute as well. I also had to review the online activity to see if anyone was stumped or questioning a specific clue. Yes, so while I was greeting “passerbyers”, I was also following the online activity. During all this, Kyle was texting my sister to see the status of the mad house back home. Then, to throw me off my concentration, Kyle began to send me funny text messages, like asking if my legs were tired and calling me a Bad Girl (inside joke within our family due to the labeling on the butt of my sisters underwear). Kyle was cracking me up!
Side story. The last time I was down at my sisters, we were commissioned to develop and administer to the Discover Scavenger Hunt for a five year old birthday party. That Friday night, after I got in, I came around the corner to ask Nicole something, while she was in the kitchen and what did my eyes read? Yep, Bad Girl written across her underwear as she stood at the sink. Immediately, I lost it! I could barely say, “Bad Girl” when Nicole instantly busted out laughing, while running to the bathroom. She was laughing so hard she had to pee! Now I couldn’t just let something like that only be shared between the two of us, so I told my family. Mom, died laughing! Even dad got a chuckle out of it. But Kyle thought it was the funniest thing he’s ever heard. Since then, everyone once in a while we just say, “Bad Girl!”. It cracks us all up! Especially Kyle, who loves being in on the inside joke.
Well, the feedback from the WannaBe 80’s Scavenger Hunt participants were very positive. I didn’t have a huge turnout, but enough to make the event fun. It seems like I can’t give the tickets away for my scavenge hunt events lately, at least at present day. Although I have a feeling, that comment will be just unbelievable and silly in the future. Especially, when it catches on that these themed scavenger hunts are challenging, interactive and just plain fun! Not to mention, my scavenger hunts also help to support and promote small communities and local merchants. Win, win for everyone!
When we got back to the house, it was still standing and everyone learned to calm down a bit. Kyle was back to being my fun little man again, especially after I was praising him for his help and behavior. We celebrated with Primanti Brothers sandwiches and we rented The Burbs. Perfect evening to a crazy day!
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