It’s about four in the morning, and I am listening to some Dave Matthews song with a beat on repeat. Wedge is there, trying to help me finish clues, but I am so spaced out I am unable to give her sufficient direction. The hours seem to be accelerating by. How ironic, considering the time-manipulation and futurism themes of Hyperion, the novel series on which we are basing our puzzles.
It’s about six, and Todd is rushing me out of the room with the clues. I think I have all of them – check my clipboard again, yeah, think this is all of them – and we take the truck around campus. Since Ditch Day is literally in two hours, it’s not like anyone minds us just riding roughshod in the truck around campus.
It’s about seven, and I’m checking on the breakfast for our two groups. Sure, doing two full sets of stuff for a past- and future- themed group was rough, but I’m hoping it’ll all turn out okay. In about thirty minutes, I will change my tune on that.
It’s a few minutes to eight, and all Seniors need to be off-campus or the duct-taping-to-trees tradition (every underclassman’s favorite) will commence. I can’t find my clipboard, which means I can’t be sure everything is where it is supposed to be.
Wedge, great friend she is, begins to laugh at me as the clock strikes 8 and some relatively quick underclassmen see me standing there. They rush me, she shouts she’ll meet up with me later, and I take off. I was in shape. They were not sprinters. I wasn’t even loaded down with my clipboard. I escape.
I haven’t slept in roughly 40 hours. I finally make it back to our house’s off-campus place and collapse on the couch. Plenty of phone calls asking where the heck some of the clues are reach me over the course of the day.
Despite all the craziness, people love it and I think it turned out great. The lesson, of course, is sometimes you just have to stop worrying and let go – generally speaking, life moves on with or without you. When you are in the moment, without the perspective of looking back, it can be hard to accept that despite setbacks, things are going to turn out alright.
(EDIT: Here’s the picture from Nate: