Clue Scavenger Hunt
2020-05-09, 10:20 p.m.
I’ve been pondering doing a scavenger hunt for a while--I wanted to for my birthday and then guess what happened there, and there was some giant one being held by Misha Collins a few weekends back,but it was like 12 or 24 hours or something and I was occupied during chunks of it. But there was one on ThingsToDoDC that was Clue-themed, and I signed up. (Alone, alas, since yet another attempt at recrutiing others didn’t go well.)
However, it all worked out. They assign you to teams if you don’t bring your own, and I think they said they had something like 55 people and about 7-ish per team. The folks on mine were all very nice East Coasters, one of whom (Glen) is on a new Bravo reality show called “Camp Getaway.” He said the filming had ended by October but they had to film some confessionals while in quarantine. One lady, Tara, is a federal agent/personal trainer, who sounded quite busy and was enjoying having her first week off in ages. Pam the team captain (“That’s all I want, a couple of hours of fun in my house”) had her daughter along, and her daughter was great on coming up with stuff, particularly old mystery books.
They give you a long list of objects to come up with, some of which presumably is found in your house or your teammate’s husband sends her flowers (Pam the captain didn’t have time to really thank him!) or your other teammate goes out to buy and get curbside service from (Tara drove out to buy an Encyclopedia Brown book and said she was going to make her kids read it later). Some of which need to be made in the moment. Some involve dress up in your house. Point totals were allotted to things.
They also threw in a few random challenges, like playing “Match Game” for awhile, or asking that someone’s pet put on a show (Pam’s dog was put into a rainbow costume, adorable), and some kind of weird cooking thing came up that I missed half of because I was out of the room. And there was a guessing/elimination of person/weapon/room going on too.
For the record, here’s the list of stuff:
1. A list of all team members’s contact info (if you win), and team name (“Mauve Marauders’).
Anyway, we came in third, which I was not expecting, so huzzah! I’m a little confused on the prize though: the prizes were to get into the night time events they were putting on this weekend, and we were supposed to get into tonight’s “Duelling Pianos,” but they never got around to sending the link invite for that. I was rather confused, but on the other hand, I wasn’t feeling strongly about doing that one way or another anyway. They did mention sending us invites to luaus in a few weeks, I’d be more into that. Oh, whatever. But by that point I was in the throes of watching “By Jeeves!” anyway.
After getting my walking around the apartment for 90 minutes in (whee) I watched this weekend’s Andrew Lloyd Webber show, By Jeeves. Now, I've read probably at least most or all of the Jeeves books back in the day, but I confess I was a bit startled to see the start of this show. Bertie Wooster is voluntarily getting on a stage? And playing a banjo? And knows how to play a banjo? Bertie's always been an upper class twit with no particular advantages or skills, other than having hired an extremely clever butler, and usually in the books, the only time Bertie ends up on a stage is involuntarily, and usually at the machinations of Jeeves (say, as a scheme to expose Bertie to a bunch of young girls so as to get over the idea of wanting to be a parental figure).
But in this show, Bertie's about to enthusiastically play the banjo and finds out that lo, the banjo is suddenly gone and it will take hours to get another (per Jeeves), which segues into Jeeves forcing Bertie to act out/relieve past events, namely the Gussie Fink-Nottle/Madeline Basset Incident. Which is, admittedly, one of the most memorable Bertie Wooster incidents--any time Bertie gets accidentally engaged to someone he can't stand, it's memorable, and this one and Honoria Glossop would be the most memorable incidents I'd probably put on a stage myself. (It's in there, post-engagement.) But it seems kinda...odd... to do it in framing story/deliberate acting out like this? I guess that explains why nobody knew this show existed before this weekend? Jeeves is a famous enough guy that it seems weird that a property involving him would go relatively unknown.
Bertie is politely unthrilled at being forced to drive an imaginary car out of a sofa and boxes while making his own vroom-vroom noises on a stage, for the record. He's even less thrilled when his ex-fiancee Honoria shows up with the love light in her eyes. "Would that your brain was as active," she says, after calling him attractive.
Anyway, this becomes a mashup of everything, involving Bertie's forced engagement to Stiffy Byng so she can marry Stinker Pinker (who I was amused at in this one, btw, breaking a chair at the start and being super awkward), and a lot of random singing. "Love's maze is a mad hatter's party time" seem to be some sample lyrics. I did enjoy when Bertie finally unleashes his anger on Jeeves in the second act in song, though.
Notable casting: The guy playing Stinker is perfect--large, blonde, hunky--and Honoria is played by Donna Lynne Champlin of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
There is an extended sequence in which Bertie has been persuaded to wear a pig mask and fake burgle the place, and then everyone sings about going after the pig to the point where I wonder, are they actually thinking he's a real pig and not a guy in a pig mask? "With a badly bruised libido, exit Wooster, rapido!"
By the end, Bertie gets a banjo...with muted strings, in kind of an "emperor's new clothes" sort of way.... I'm not sure why everyone shows up at the end in Wizard of Oz costumes, but I guess the logic is "why not?"
After that, I watched “Nerd Wars” featuring the return of Wonder Dave and Kristee from the Mental Health show, along with other comedians arguing over nerdy shit suggested in the chat.
Notable moments and quotes:
* Kristee owns a batlet (an honorable Klingon weapon). "This is going to be my apocalypse weapon, I'm going to make it."
The first nerd war topic suggested in chat was “LaCroix vs. White Claw.” I barely know what the first is and never had heard of the second, so I kinda zoned during that argument. Someone voted for “claw croix.”
* "This comment has a very Florida energy." -?
The next topic was, “Mrs. Incredible/Elasticigrl vs Mother Gothel: whose onlyfans.com account is the better value in the time of covid-19?” Mother Gothel was the overwhelming winner, I believe ("Mrs. Incredible is just a stretchy mom."), but mostly because one of the comedians--Molly? did the following:
"I wanted to download a background of Mother Gothel porn but I didn't know how to do that, so now I downloaded that on my phone and I don't know how to put it on. And I can’t delete it.” Then Rebecca downloaded a bikini pic of Gothel. I can now add to my list of Zoom Safari: not only some kind of boobie-flashing Wonder Woman doll Wonder Dave had, but Mother Gothel porn.
* “Molly, can you explain "my ass is the lanterns in the sky?"
The final Nerd War was between four schools: the choices picked by the comedians from the chat ended up being the Finding Nemo fish school, the Xavier School, the Magic School Bus, and Springfield Elementary. Some chose to be positive, others chose to talk shit about the other schools. I think this line kind of sums it all up: “They all sound kinda awful, like you wouldn’t learn anything.”
Magic School Bus:
Magic School Bus won, and the moderator announced that “You will win personally curated pictures of Mother Gothel.” Someone else said, “I would have tried harder if I knew that was the prize.”
In other news:
Both my mom and Jackie called while I was watching Nerd Wars. Jackie just wanted to know if I was seriously still alive. Mom wants to know if I am losing weight in quarantine (who the fuck loses weight in quarantine?! Also, how the hell would I know, I don’t own a scale) and how do I still have food to eat. Taurean hoarding?
I have finished the Arne and Carlos knitalong, so after all the blocking’s done, I need to figure out what to do with them. I’m leaning towards making a vest, but I may need to make another piece (there’s 27) of something to even it out. Now I am on to making my own hamster and hamster cage materials. Should be a great sight gag while on Zoom.