But first things first: You want to know what I packed, oh yes you do. Because I like to be prepared but I am also a geek. How much of a geek am I? Well, the morning of the race I decided it would be fun to bring my Dr Who sonic screwdriver, but the batteries weren't working. So I had to pack my SPARE Dr Who sonic screwdriver. That's how geeky I am.
The funny thing about doing the race with Linda is that I love her company and we get along well, but part of that is we think alike in many ways. Too many ways to be helpful to each other in a team event where maybe a variety of skills might prove important. We have too many of the same instincts. For instance, we were both inspired to bring a compass and a fancy whistle. And Linda approved of my bringing scissors, the sonic screwdriver, the cube, and asked if maybe we should have some twine which had also occurred to me, so I grabbed a thing of dental floss. We used none of these things. All we really needed were my bus tickets, some cash, her smart phone, a pencil and paper, and the snacks and water were nice but it's not like we were in the woods and couldn't have picked up something. (In fact, one of our clues sent us into a grocery store and we got ourselves bananas.) What we needed was someone with a different approach to substitution cyphers, but it was fun, we were never bored, and we had a great day.
Now let me tell you about the race: (And this is long, so seems like a good idea to add a jump here.)