[TGWTDT] Sydney and Oklahoma City Hunter Stories Before the Last Recap
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo treasure hunt might be over, but there’s still nice stories full of surprises to read about and Happy Hunting Testimonies to share with you.
Our two hunters of the day have one thing in common, and that’s to know three times successfully Happy Helper @GuestUser17 and be sensitive to his power of conviction! (After I’ve read their testimonies, I realized I had done a very bad job at convincing my actual friends in cities where there were flowers… next time.)
Let’s start with Louise, from Sydney:
Well I shouldn’t be admitting this but in the rush of Tuesday afternoon I actually canceled a meeting to go chasing off after a clue. Here is what happened:
I was sitting at my desk in Sydney eating lunch and procrastinating. The phone started ringing – a USA number. I thought it must be important for
someone all the way from Atlanta to call so I dropped everything and picked it up. It was a guy I had never met or even heard of, who does the exact same job as me but on the other side of the world. He told me all about the hunt and had worked out where the envelope was hidden. I dropped everything and ran from my desk down to the station, jumped on a train and within 15 minutes was at Milson’s Point jogging to the Luna Park entrance. I ran right up to the bench and found the envelope underneath. It was a great thrill and so exciting – I opened it and saw the message “under the ‘oldest’ trees at Mrs Macquarie’s Point“. Only problem is Mrs Macquarie’s Point is on the other side of Sydney Harbour,
miles away from where I was standing.
I didn’t need to think about it because as I was standing there deciding what to do, a ferry pulled right up beside me – headed in exactly the right direction towards the point. It was too good an opportunity to miss; I ran down the ramp and jumped on. At that point my colleague called again and we discussed the clue. I sent him a picture of the envelope and we strategized on which trees we thought it could be. Ialso remembered that I had a meeting to be in.. which I called in to cancel. Luckily it wasn’t anything urgent!
I got off the ferry and jogged all the way through the botanical gardens to Mrs Macquarie’s Point. It was 2kms and I made it in about 12 minutes – not bad I thought, given I was still wearing a suit. I ran to what I thought were the oldest trees, searched thoroughly and found – nothing. I tried Morton Bay Figs and Palms, went back to Palm Grove, then back to he point again. My colleague and I tried to work out and search which would be the oldest trees, and communicated over email trying to work out where it could be. I tried the trees under Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, and even asked a Ranger for help. Finally I struck it lucky – I was looking at what I thought was a very old tree when a guy came right up to me and handed me the prize! The area is full of tourists so they were quite interested in what was going on too!
I felt so excited and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The prize is amazing and my colleagues were very impressed with the power of collaboration with my colleague in Atlanta. We got lots of pictures with the prize and then I finally arrived back at work – and apologized for
the meeting I had missed.
Oh well it was worth it!
And now on to Mark’s story:
The Unexpected Caller.
Yesterday I was ‘enjoying’ an 8 hour VoD training when I received a mysterious call from a stranger. Brandon from Georgia, who turned out to be a friend bearing gifts, had figured out the clue for Flower No. 35 of 40.
I had not heard of the flowers, nor the story, but was intrigued by there being a prize at certain GPS coordinates. I jumped in the car and sped to the Bricktown area of downtown Oklahoma City, about 25 minutes away.
When I arrived in the area, I misread the Garmin and hiked up and down an alley, looking into trash bins and wondering if the people walking around were associated with the search. I imagined a hunt with lots of people searching. I imagined the possibility of a table setup with movie reps giving out photo copied pictures, waiting for the winner to find the prize.
After I realized that I was in the wrong alley, I followed the Garmin on foot to another area. I thought that I might find banners “you found us” or arrows.
Very close to the location, one crosses a bridge into the (correct) alleyway. I looked over the sides, thinking, “It may be under the bridge” – then I realized, the photo from the website was not a picture of the prize, an artwork – it was really a photo of the location.
The black lump was a small manhole which was an extended by black pipe about 12 inches above the sidewalk in a corner next to a building. I looked around, kicked trash out of the way but did not see a box with a prize.
I wondered, “Do I need to actually open the manhole?”
I did not bring a manhole key with me and was unprepared for that. So I leaned on the wall and called my benefactor in Georgia, much like a support call- basically a call to TAC.
I said, “Hey, I’m at the location, but I don’t see the box.” Uh, hmm, usually there is an envelope.” he responded. I looked down again at the manhole, where I had been searching. Because I was in a different position, leaning against the wall talking on the phone, I could now see the back of the manhole pipe.
There I saw a very small envelope, taped to the black pipe with black duct tape.
“I got it.”
“Alright, cool, there should be a clue in there.”
I wanted to open it nicely, but the duct tape was strong and I was juggling the small envelope and the iPhone in the cold alleyway. I tore it open with several diagonal tears, and was very surprised to find a straight razor package.
“Wha, it’s a razor, hold on…”
“There should be some kind of clue”, he said.
I opened the razor paper and found instead a stiffly folded paper. Unfolding it, there was a photo of a strange bronze statue chest and arms bust,pushing a stone ball up two metal rails.
I thought, “It must be a clue to some other city”, I had traveled the country, somewhat extensively in my work, but I thought that it was somehow familiar. I looked at the photo closely and realized that the buildings in the background were here in Oklahoma City. I swung around, looking in the distance to try to see the buildings in the photo and suddenly realized, “There is a stone ball!”.
“I see the statue in the picture.”
“Great, you will likely find it there.”, said Brandon’s British (?) accent.
That odd statue had slipped my mind, although I had seen it in prior days when strolling along the canal. It is situated at the bottom of the hill close to the Oklahoma river canal, where tour boats carry passengers through Bricktown on warmer days.
Crossing the bridge I looked for the sidewalk pathway to the statue. I would have to take the long way around to use the sidewalk so instead I just headed across the thin grass.
As I approached the area I noticed several metal slatted park benches. A fellow in his coat and hat was talking on his cell phone, facing the opposite direction. I noticed the box quickly, leaning against a wall next to several signs and stands used by the tour boats, with the large letters “FRAGILE MIRROR GLASS”.
“Hey, I think I found it”
“Oh great, what’s in it?”
“There is a picture frame wrapped in brown paper.”
“With an address in Sweden?”
“Yeah, it even has cancelled stamps from Sweden.”
“That’s it! Now there should be someone there, a promotional person to take your picture.”
“Oh yeah, okay here he comes”, I said as the fellow from the bench came over.
“Congratulations, it looks like you found it!” he said as he shook my hand.
“I hid the second clue over here by the statue, but I guess you didn’t need it.”
“Ah, I didn’t know there was a second clue” I said.
It was a much larger envelope with an 8.5×11″ paper advising “Look To Your Right NOT ALL BOXES ARE TRASH!”
“I need to get your picture.” he said.
I sat on a bench and took out the wrapped frame as he snapped me with his cell phone.
We talked a bit, Craig does promotions for movie companies which is certainly a growing field in Oklahoma City. As I left I thanked Brandon for helping me to find this mystery prize. He said that I should take a picture with it and send it in.
On the way home I stopped to pick up a new pair of prescription glasses and told the adjuster about my experience finding the prize from a movie, “I think it was called, um, something about a girl and a dragon.” I described it as an experience similar to the dad in the movie A Christmas Story, “It’s a Major Award!”.
I called my mom on the way home and told her that I won “A Major Award”. I told my mom, a professional artist, that I thought it was an original artwork by an artist in Sweden. I explained that it is from an upcoming movie about a girl who receives flower artwork from someone every year.
“I think it will be a mixed media artwork with flowers or leaves” I told her, based on something I vaguely remembered from my original conversation with Brandon.
The mystery deepened as I arrived home and began searching the internet to figure out what the whole girl and dragon business was about. My girls wanted to see what I won, but I wanted to wait to open the package until I could tell them the story. My five daughters are what one might describe as a ruckus.
After I had said “Don’t touch” about 572 times, I had learned that the movie was much darker, based on the goth-punker makeup and studded leather worn by the girl in the movie photos. I called my ‘support line’ again, because I could not find where to send the photo that I was planning to take.
The countdown timer on the website was clicking down and I didn’t want to fail to send in my photo. Brandon said that there should be a card with information and I realized that it might be in the brown paper wrapping the frame. I described the experience as quite a mystery and Brandon offered an email with a bunch of links to send me in the right direction.
On opening the brown paper wrapping the frame I found that it was a pressed flower / plant, on the back was taped a small black envelope. Inside the envelope was a fold-over card with “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” logo on the front.
The text of the card reads “CONGRATULATIONS. THIS IS A UNIQUE ITEM – THE ONLY ONE OF ITS KIND.” In red “FLOWER No 35/40” “COURTESY OF” signed “David Fincher”.
I took several pictures with the items and decided on a photo to send in. I tried to upload a dozen times using both Firefox and IE, and trying various smaller resolutions of the photo. Each time I received an error message that said someone had been notified.
An hour or so later I tried again and the upload worked, responding “Thanks”. The clue page then changed to “FOUND” and showed a Google map of the location. I bought the book on Kindle to really learn more and go deeper into the rabbit hole.
The title on Amazon is: “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy). Despite the title, I am beginning to believe that what I bought is not the trilogy, as I don’t see The Girl Who Played With Fire, nor The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest, in the Table of Contents, which is disappointing.I suppose it is possible that the books are not part of trilogy but instead are stand alone stories, but if that is the case why the “Millennium Trilogy” title?
Perhaps it is simply describing the three parts of the single book. Having now read through page 22, I see an old man receiving pressed flowers, perhaps the story spans 100 years. Nevertheless, when I read the term “Trilogy”, I resolutely understand three books, just like the other trilogies out there.
That evening after church I told everyone about my “Major Award” experience, a funny story, different every time I tell it! The story is not as fun, however, when someone has not seen the movie “A Christmas Story”, such as a certain Canadian > Mike! “It says Fra-gee-lee on the box, it must be Italian.”
So that is my story for Mentorless about my interesting experience. Many Thanks to you guys for the experience, but most especially to Brandon, the unexpected caller. Here’s to hoping that this resolutely mentored experience is appropriate for Mentorless.
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