I’m writing and posting this from a local coffeehouse, since the power is out at my apartment! It’s quite the bummer, and I hope that they get things straightened out quickly. I wanted to write a quick post about my experience with GISHWHES this year, though, and share some fun pictures and clips!
I learned about GISHWHES last year at Wizard World Chicago. A friend of a friend was talking about the scavenger hunt, though I wasn’t entirely interested. Last month, though, I was heading to a bar crawl with the same group of people. They were talking about GISHWHES again, and this time it sounded a lot more interesting. Instead of fangirling and bragging, they were talking more about the types of items and the fun they had while doing it. Basically, they sold me on joining their team this year.
Later that week, I paid the $20 registration fee and became a member of the VelveteenRabbits. We had a really great team–which I hear is the key to enjoying the hunt. If your teammates disappear to don’t pull their weight, it can be very frustrating. This team was so great, though, that I’m considering never participating again. I doubt I would be lucky enough to have such great participants and friendly compatriots again.
I thought I was prepared to do some silly things, but the hunt really blew me away. I found myself speaking sentences that I never conceived of thinking, let alone saying out loud. I talked about sewing Twizzlers into a bikini, putting mascara on toe hair, and whether or not an infant could catch diseases from a turtle.
I also learned a lot about the people around me who weren’t participating in GISHWHES. I spent most of the week at my university, which meant I had to convince people into helping me by taking pictures or videos. You learn a lot about a person’s character by their answers to questions like: “Can you come film me buying toilet paper in a zombie costume?”
Overall, it was a great week. I wish that we had a little more time (maybe 10 days instead of 7) or a few more people on a team (20 instead of 15?), since I felt like things seemed rushed at the end. Still, though, it was a great experience and I can’t wait to find out how my team did overall!
Did you participate in GISHWHES this year? Are you thinking about doing it next year? Have you ever made a bikini out of Twizzlers and Fruit by the Foot? Let me know in the comments!