(Subtitled: The Time We Kicked Everyone's Butts and Won $300 Doing It)
Last night, I received a text message from Ms. Megan Haggard asking me and Nick if we wanted to CityStreak with her and Megan J-S (confession: when I first read the text message, I thought it said steak and I was confused how dead cows could be "fun").
Although the name sounds inappropriate, it's quite fun. Off the website: [CityStreak] creats short, 'amazing race' style, urban adventures in cities and Universities across America. Teams of 2-4 compete for a cash prize doing various fun, engaging tasks in their city like "solve a riddle," "sing a 90s boy band song to a stranger," "follow the trail," etc. all in the name of making memories with your friends and having a blast in your city or school. We call this Streaking, and we are proud to send people Streaking.
And don't worry, most of us kept all our clothes on.
Anyway, Megan J-S signed us all up last night and we met for lunch today to discuss our game plan prior to the task. We decided to have Haggard drive, use my phone for all the pictures/videos (you can only use one), and have Megan J-S (who smartly wore workout clothes) and Nick (longest legs alive) do the running. It was genius.
CityStreak is basically a picture/video scavenger hunt in which you have to solve riddles that will take you certain places around your city. The first direction was to go to the Ferrell Center if we liked Baylor sports or the bridge over I-35 on 8th street if we liked Waco history. Considering the four of us didn't know any sports, we decided to go for the Waco history (our car was halfway between both of those, so we figured it didn't matter time-wise).
When we got there, a woman handed us a sheet of paper with a list of trivia questions on it. You had to fill out the trivia questions with answers from Waco history (and we Google-searched 80% of them; don't worry, it was allowed). Then, random letters from the trivia answers would come together and make a word scramble that sent us to our next destination.
The next destination was the Waco Suspension Bridge. I, not realizing this task would require a lot of running and stupidly wore flip-flops, hung back in the car with Haggard while Megan and Nick ran across the bridge. Apparently they had to toss an egg off the side of the bridge and the other one had to catch it in a Solo cup. I didn't see this, but according to Megan and Nick, they completed this tough task on the first try. Ballers!
When they finished this task, they ran back to the car and showed us the directions sheet. On it were seven tasks of which we had to complete five. Our five:
Make a pyramid with a base of 3 people. Thank you to the random people we saw on the Bear Trail who helped us with our pyramid.
Recite a haiku on the Baylor seal in front of Pat Neff Hall
Teach a fireman how to Dougie (notice that none of us know how to Dougie, but instead just start shaking like the Dougie video seemed to do).
We were the fourth group to visit this fireman, and we had to talk him into doing it yet again. He was clearly annoyed (but also seemed to enjoy that everybody was coming to visit him). We finally convinced him to do it again ("Fourth time is the charm!") but he put down the garage door as we were leaving and didn't come out for a team that pulled up behind us. Success!
Find dog poop and have a team member pretend like they were eating it
Have a team member jump into the Brazos River yelling "We're going Streaking!" while fully submerging themselves (thanks, love, for being willing to strip down to your bike shorts).
After all that, we had to go to a designated location and count letters on the monument. Specified letters made up a word scramble, and then we had to figure out where to go as our final destination.
Our letters spelled out "Health Camp," a local favorite for years in the Waco community. We drove up and nobody was there, and since this was the last task, we were hoping we were in the running to place in the competition.
After we completed all the tasks, we drove to the final destination: Common Grounds. We went in the back entrance like we were supposed to do, and ran inside with anticipation. Alas, we were the second group to arrive! One girl from the group that already arrived said, "Did you guys finish everything?!" and checked my trivia sheet, realizing that we were completely finished. That's when we figured out that they had come to the final destination, but hadn't finished their trivia sheet from the first task (something that we had already done).
Here's us waiting to hear if we finished first
Lo and behold, we won! Which is correct, as we were the first team to cross the finish line with everything completed. Our "official" time was one hour, 10 minutes.