Every time I turned around my phone was buzzing. Photo's and video's were pouring in throughout the week. "Will this work?" Lindsey asked via text after she sent me a short video of Rissi asking a seagull to name her pet rock. "No," I answered. "It needs to be a real person." And then there was the one where Lindsey asked a store clerk if they carried Donald Trump pens. Disqualified! It's a Donald Trump toothbrush she needed to ask for. So she had to do a couple of do-overs but it all worked out.
Last year's hard to find item was a candy cane. This year, Fruit stripe gum.
Stacy was blank. She had no idea where to find it. Lindsey too. No clue. The teams were close for the win. Very close. The last day it came down to that one item. Every single other item was found/photo was taken/video was made for both of the winning teams. But none could find the Fruit stripe gum. I was sure a tie would be declared for first place, with both teams being shy of just one item. The gum. The teams would split $600, first and second place winnings.
All would meet at 7:00 PM in Gary's and my condo. The deadline.
As of early afternoon, none had found the gum.
|Gary with his son Jason. Their idea of a good time was to drop fake $100 bills and watch people pick them up.|
The time had come. I could hear a minor commotion going on outside of our place... then I heard Stacy's voice. I knew she was up to something and so I began to video tape Team Palochko as they paraded in proudly singing with the phone "We Are The Champions!"
"You found it???" I was surprised and happy for them. A little disappointed for the Hayes team who had worked very hard all week and would now show second place. But hey, that's what competition is all about, right? Team Polachko for the win! They worked hard and deserved it!
Team Hayes showed up minutes later. Now Lindsey is quiet, usually. She was forced to be the opposite throughout the week as she left her comfort zone and interacted with many strangers asking some pretty outrageous stuff. Her demeanor was quiet still, as she came in and sat down on the bar stool, clutching tight to her bag of scavenger hunt finds. likely ready to split the grand prize with the Polachko Team.
"I hate to have to tell you," I said. "But Stacy found the gum. They are the winners." Lindsey didn't say anything... but she had a look on her face. A smirk. A smile. A half-a-smile?
"You didn't find the gum. Did you?" I asked.
Yes! She found the gum!!! So once again, we had 2 winners who had completed 100% of the tasks on the list!
Last year had been a tie as well with The Geary's and the Hayes tying for 1st.
I was happy for both teams.
They worked hard and were awesome!
What about The Dream Team of Allison and Jason? Ah! Yes! They placed third but they did a phenomenal job as well!!
All took part then in Spinning the Wheel for prizes.
Here was the deal. Whatever prize you won, you could hold on to it and trade it for an envelope in the end. You could only trade one prize. You might do better, you might do worse. It was a Wheel of fortune/ Lets make a deal Combo.
*Jason and Allison decided to keep their Don't Sweat the Small Stuff book instead of trading it in... good choice because there was $90 cash used as bookmarks separating my favorite chapters!
*Lindsey decided she in no way wanted to keep the Donald Trump socks that she had won. Unbeknownst to her there was a hundred dollar bill in one of the socks. But alls well that ends well. I believe her envelope had a hundred in it. What luck!
*Stacy refused to trade her laughing Hilarie pen but did okay to trade another prize.
The following video is just a minute or so snippet of the fun:
I don't think anyone drew a booby-prize in the end... Well.. I would call the laughing Hillarie pen a booby prize.. but I guess it's all relative.
Maybe next year I should change my strategy. Do things a little bit different. Or maybe I will leave things the same and just do it all over again. Guess I should start thinking.....
And Gracie, you won a new toy!!! How do you like Skunkie?
Skunkie? Really? You're gone an entire week and you bring me back a black and white cat that's known for it's stinky smell? And I'm supposed to thank you for this? Huh!
Note: In just two days time, Skunkie was dead. RIP Skunkie.