SCAVENGER HUNT: On This Day I Found Two of the Last Three Items

Yes, I was hoping to find all three remaining items, but sometimes a person’s hopes do not become reality.

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[As so often happens, the sentence I just wrote reminded me of a life experience:

Back when I was an employee for a very results-oriented company, I did my best to play their game. I slipped up one time, though, during one of my annual reviews. I was asked by a company executive, “You didn’t reach your sales and profit goals this year, what are you going to do differently THIS year to achieve success?”

In short, I replied, “I plan to find new avenues for sales . . . etc., manage the sales reps better . . . etc., cut expenses . . . etc., utilize staff in a much more efficient way . . . etc., and hopefully I’ll get where I need to be.”

“HOPEFULLY?” pounced the corporate executive. “Hope will get you nowhere! You’ve got to MAKE it happen!”

Despite what the motivational speakers and self-help books say, I’ve never been a big believer in the idea “you can accomplish ANYTHING if you want it bad enough and are willing to work had enough for it.” If that were true, I’d be America’s Top Chef, the holder of five Tour de France titles, and a multi-trillionaire right now. Soon after that appraisal I decided it was time for me to retire after 34 years with that company.]

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Still, I thought maybe I should try that “MAKE it happen” thing for this Scavenger Hunt. I knew for sure I could find a mini liquor bottle. They’re everywhere alongside the gravel roads outside of town.

I felt sorry for myself after a few miles on one of those roads. The grass had been cut in the ditches and apparently the big blades of those heavy duty mowers shredded all the beer cans and liquor bottles into oblivion. “Make it happen,” I said to myself.”

I scoured the roadside and . . . YES! One of the mini liquor bottles survived the destructive blades of the ditch mower.

Fireball Cinnamon Flavored Whiskey seems to be a favorite around here.

With the easy one out of the way, I proceeded to search for the Stack of Bricks. I wasted a lot of time around construction sites. Not many of them use bricks. Cement, lumber, steel, etc., yes. Bricks, no. Even where they do use bricks, they don’t seem to leave stacks of them lying around for cyclists to take pictures of them.

Then I found a stack of bricks at WalMart, of all places.

A very tall stack of bricks. Sometimes goals can be achieved with creativity in place of hard core sales tactics. Good job, me!

Alright, I get it. The stack of bricks part of the scavenger hunt probably doesn’t include a tower constructed with mortar and stuff. I went to the local building center to find a bunch of bricks stacked in a more random manner. Here is the result:

No matter how much I WANTED IT and WORKED FOR IT, there was no brick road. Take that all you motivational speakers. Whaddya want me to do, ride for a couple thousand miles today until I find one?

I haven’t given up though. I think I might know where I can drive to in order to find a brick road. Stay tuned.

5 response to "SCAVENGER HUNT: On This Day I Found Two of the Last Three Items"

  1. By: Suzanne Posted: June 21, 2021

    I’ve been pretty honest in this scavenger hunt, but I confess my brick road was more like a driveway. And I think my trike had two wheels in front. Don’t tell Helen. The only way I’m going to find a mini liquor bottle would be to go into Munich or else buy one and then throw it in the ditch. But I’m not going to do either one of those things.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 21, 2021

      Wellllllllllllllll A brick street is actually a pavement — and a brick drive is a pavement too . . . .
      A tricycle is a 3 wheeled vehicle — Tadpole or Delta, they are still trikes — no one said anything about the propulsion method.

      Dunno about the mini booze bottle — maybe some sort of equivalent?
      Helen took a chill pill and is well over her snit/tizzy, so who knows?

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 21, 2021

    Fireball seems to be the favorite here too — although the depositor must have moved, or is in the Grey Bar Hotel, because Im not seeing many these days.
    Brick street: Maybe in the older neighborhoods of Hastings?

    One to go — you WILL Get ‘Er Done!

    (Your supervisor sounds like a real PITA to me)

  3. By: BobinVT Posted: June 21, 2021

    The brick road will definitely be the biggest challenge for me as well. I think in this area, people were perfectly happy with dirt roads until pavement came along. Come to think of it, the mini liquor bottles won’t be easy either. I think we’re more of a beer crowd.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 21, 2021

      That lack of brick streets got me thinking (ouch!)
      Due to heavy glaciation Vermont probably lacks the clay deposits necessary for making bricks, hence, the lack there of.
      I did find this of interest in bricks in New England:

      http://brickcollecting.com/NEB.htm

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