Week 47: All Work and Almost No Play

on February 9, 2015 in Misc

This whole last week was full of so much work — both at my job and at home — that I had no time for ACTION stuff.  All I could do was plan a couple upcoming mini-adventures.

A couple small plans:  Paintball with friends (I hope!) and escape rooms.

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In case you’ve never heard of escape rooms (a couple in town are in old Victorian mansions), this a code-breaking game in which you have one hour to escape from a locked room by solving intricate puzzles.  Because I use codes and puzzles in The Compass Master, I like to think I’ll be a whiz at this game.  But if it turns out that I stink at escaping I’ll be pretty embarrassed.

Then there’s a plan I’ve mentioned before:  treasure hunting.  Yes I know, this has the same credibility as my (joking) plan to photograph a bigfoot.  But it’ll be a fun way to see if I can do what Layla does, antiquities hunter that she is.

One thing I really can do like crazy is perform research.  This week I ruled out looking for a lost treasure that some people still insist exists:  the Reynolds Gang hidden gold dust and cash.  It was supposed to be hidden in 1864 in a mine shaft near a certain Colorado mountain, but I had my suspicions, kept looking, and finally came across a 1906 newspaper story documenting how two prospectors searched for the lost loot and found “buried plunder aggregating in value $18,000.”

“The treasure was undoubtedly buried by the Reynolds gang of outlaws,” the newspaper claimed.

I also came across recent news reports of people traveling to New Mexico dozens of times in search of the modern day Forest Fenn treasure.  Seriously?  Come on, people, get a life!  I mean, treasure hunting should be nothing more than getting out in the wilderness, hiking around, then going home and writing a novel about your fictional adventure.

 How your own plans for the coming weeks?  Writing anything new?  Having some fun?

12 Responses to “Week 47: All Work and Almost No Play”

  1. I’d never heard of an escape room. Sounds like the movie Cube.

  2. Helena says:

    Alex – I’ve never heard of a movie cube. I’ll look it up.

  3. Hart Johnson says:

    The escape room concept is intriguing. I wonder if I’d get claustrophobic. I do, but I think it is more a small place thing that a ‘locked in’ thing… but I’ve never tested this… The idea of having to think my way out is definitely appealing.

  4. I did get some writing done this weekend, but not as much as I’d hoped. There are times when I think I’d like to try one of those escape rooms. But then again, I’m not going through a mid-life crisis like you are so I’d rather sit in front of the television. :) I say “mid-life crisis” with much love as I don’t think they are bad things at all.

  5. That Escape Room sounds like real fun. I would be lousy at it though! Unlike my heroes, I am terrible under pressure — unless someone else is depending on me (then I seem to be able to get my act together!)

    Around here, folks are sure Contraband Bayou still holds the lost treasure of Jean Lafitte. Since he got his wealth from selling slaves, I would stay away from the treasure even if I knew where it was. I believe some ill-gotten gains are cursed. :-)

    I am talking of your review for my book with my latest post … after talking what a lousy friend Hemingway was!

  6. Helena says:

    Hart – I have a good friend who has claustrophobia and probably couldn’t do this game, which is too bad because I’d love to have her there with me.

  7. Helena says:

    Michael – I’ve been going through a mid-life crisis since my twenties. It’s getting old, just like me.

  8. Helena says:

    Roland – Thanks for mentioning my review! And once again, I really enjoyed Return of the Last Shaman.

    I think I’ve heard of Lafitte’s treasure. Personally, I’d love to find it, but as you say its source was slavery, so if it’s ever found it should be donated to good causes and not kept.

  9. I’ve never heard of escape rooms. Not sure I’d want to try that. I’m a little claustrophobic, and knowing I’m locked in there could freak me out so much I’d never spot a clue even if it was written on the wall in International Orange.

  10. I’ve never done paintball or airsoft, but I really need to. Escape rooms? Very cool! I look forward to reading about your experience.

  11. Helena says:

    Carol – I have a close friend who’s claustrophobic and she’d be the same way. But you’d both be so much fun to play code-breaking with!

  12. Helena says:

    Milo – I’ve never heard of airsoft, so I’m gonna go look it up.