This event is played everywhere around the world! There are many variations in the equipment used for this game of skill and memory.
SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES
I may be bold in claiming that those of us beyond a CERTAIN AGE excel at this simple sport. If you haven’t yet experienced the thrill of an involuntary treasure hunt just wait it is coming. If you have, don’t keep your prowess a secret (despite the lead image). Join in below in the comments with your personal best.
- car keys
- eye glasses
- mobile (cell) phone
- socks (*refer to parents elite squad notes below)
- mayonnaise in the fridge
- Tupperware lids
- location of anything on G-drive/Google account
- any common portable domestic or personal object in regular use
*Parents/caregivers and spouses are an elite squad of athletes in this sport. Their skill is applied to more than one object at a time and even more thrilling is their courage in taking on the hunt for others!
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
- the current location of any of the target items is UNKNOWN
- these elusive items must have had physical reality at some point
- the items may or may not actually be the property of the athlete
- the arena is mostly domestic – can spread to the car
- car in a car park
- day or night events acceptable
- the finding of the item is a high priority so time-limited
- extra points awarded for night events
- high bonus points are given in the event of ludicrous adaptations.
HIGHLIGHTS OF MY INVOLUNTARY TREASURE HUNTS
This event is a regular feature in my life. When I am going out as Boomer, my handbag is generally the place that the keys will be held. The keys will have been placed INSIDE the handbag AFTER locking the car and AFTER opening the front door. My friend and colleague Pauline Fox gave me a handy llama called Lola to make finding my keys easy INSIDE the handbag.
The treasure hunt kicks in when I have gone out not as a Boomer. Being trendy with the keys and the phone (because everything is there). On those occasions, the keys are not placed INSIDE the handbag so Lola and the key blend into the background in the house.
I can hear you shouting: look where the phone is!
Alas, the phone had been moved several times since that moment of placement. Lola is left guarding the keys and I am searching through the house for them.
Points were awarded when Lola was found under a set of folded towels!
Quick aside: You will see Lola is sitting on a mouse pad from AsQuick Computers – these are my go-to computer people when stuff goes missing from my computer! Kind and generous and to my techno dinosaur understanding. 🙂
This is a variant of the car keys event and often played simultaneously. Where are my glasses? is the common theme song.
Bonus points were awarded when I was looking for my glasses while they were on the top of my head.
Yes. I hear you say: get a brooch or a necklace thing to hold your glasses. Nope! I am a BOOMER, not Miss Marple!
Mobile (cell) phone:
This is my personal best and was awarded the highest point for the ridiculous level of engagement and the one that made me laugh the hardest.
Bonus points added for the dark arena in the car at night.
Non-Boomer outing – no handbag.
Two pieces of equipment: keys and phone.
Turn off the engine – car keys in hand.
Where is the phone?
It must be on the seat next to me.
How can I find that in the dark?
Somehow phone held in the left hand is ignored by the brain so I am diligently looking for the phone on the seat using the phone I am looking for – cursing loudly and fluently.
A moment or two later my brain and hand rejoin joyously! And I am laughing so hard I had to check my kegel exercises had been a useful regimen over the decades. Check those out Boomers – essential for long trips.
So there you have it, my gentle readers. Kitchen Olympics #5 Involuntary Treasure Hunt.
Be sure to follow the link to the other Kitchen Olympics BLOGS – you may already be a winner in those events. I especially recommend #3 ACV Soda Stream Challenge.
Please share your prowess below!
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