Survival of the Fittest
The Alibi's Scavenger Hunt
By Steven Robert Allen
Throwing a contest is a lot like throwing a party. There's always some risk no one will show up, and you'll find yourself alone on your couch at 2 o'clock in the morning, filled with bitterness at your fellow man, nursing a fifth of tequila while watching infomercials for improbable exercise machines. We were a little anxious here at the Alibi about how our first scavenger hunt would turn out. We filled up the punch bowl, strung up the piñata, slipped some Sinatra onto the turntable and hoped for the best.
Thankfully, despite the substantial demands placed on participants, lots of people came ready to party. From 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, through 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7, teams scoured the city in search of people, places and items from the master list (see “Alibi Scavenger Hunt List”). We had a great time digging through all of your photos. In the end, though, the father and son team of Robert and Chase Fox won with a score totaling almost 4,500 points (with plenty of help from Robert's wife, Michelle).
During their hunt, they repeatedly ran into other teams all over the city. How did they pull ahead of the competition? Some ingenuity: “We got online and found websites for Caleb Crump and Rusta Rhymes,” says Robert. “Then we sent them e-mails asking if we could meet up and take their pictures.” Some perseverence: “It was a lotta pictures,” says Chase. Plenty of good ol' fashioned hardwork: “I'd like to apologize to both my wife and my son for being such a slave-driver,” says Robert. “We were getting tired, getting hungry, and I was a little mean a couple times.”
It all paid off in the end. They'll win two 12-week Navy SEAL-style fitness courses taught by former Navy SEAL Daniel Sampson. (He teaches kids, too, so this might be a good opportunity to whip little Chase into shape.) For details about Sampson’s program, call 712-7325. The team will also win a style makeover (includes hair analysis, shampoo, cut and color with Bumble and bumble products) from the brand-new Urban Academy, located within spitting distance from the UNM campus at 2122 Central SE, 842-1900. They’ll also get six free passes to the fabulous Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum (1701 Mountain NW, 224-8300).
Congrats, folks. We're proud of you.
Accompanying factoids are courtesy of Marisa Demarco via wikipedia.org, babelfish.altavista.com and calebcrump.com.
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