GO IV Gamers Jannie B. and Maskit sent in some AMAZING photos of the Randsburg, CA campfire story!!! TY!!! Check em out!!!!! very woooohoooo! :)
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The AMAZING Kyle O. wrote and recorded a song today inspired by G.O. IV. :)))
“Okay here it is. It’s called Restless. It sounds rough because it was recorded in a bathroom earlier today. My friend Tom is singing with me on guitar.”
there’s a demon perched on top of my shoulder
and a really restless feeling in my soul
i can hear and angel say get the hell away
but i don’t know if i’m ready to go
i’ve been standing at this crossroad some time now
trying to figure out where my hearts leading me
and i can feel an angel may just pull me away
but i don’t know if i’m ready to leave
oh but i’ve got this burning in my soul
and it’s telling me to run
cause i can’t resist this new temptation
of riding off into the setting sun
and i’ve got every reason for leaving today
cause i just can’t hold on
oh it’s gonna be hard on us all but
i’m already gone
sometimes everything seems simple
and sometimes i don’t know what to believe
if there’s nothing for me here is there anywhere
well i don’t know but i’m dying to see
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RANDSBURG, CALIFORNIA November 13th, 2009
GO IV GAMER NICK C. took these photos of Randsburg, Ca about an hour before the sunset and the fire was lit and the story started. :) Below is Nick’s story about his Randsburg journey. Thanks Nick!!!! Many other GO IV Gamers headed out to Randsburg. I will post their stories when I get them! Wooohooo and GO IV!
“I met Brad and Stew at their warehouse and we hung out for a bit. Unfortunately Stew (however he did get to talk to MIH on the phone after the fire) had to work so Brad and I left. We set out on the road to go forth at about 1:30 pm, got a late lunch at BK, and got to Randsburg at 4:30 pm. We got out with the light fading fast and took some pictures of the quaint little town. We met everyone in the Joint (Darrin and friend, Katy, Maskit) and talked amongst ourselves and with the bar owner until the time of the fire. We headed down to the fire and met the MIH where Brian and his daughter joined us. MIH introduced us to Jed and he told us the story about how his great-grandfather knew GO IV. After the story we stood around and chatted some more, mostly reminiscing of the game gone by, as some people roasted marshmallows and had some fun with the MIH. The fire was then put out around 7 pm and we headed home.”
GO IV Gamer Darrin R. created a very cool mix.
“Don’t forget to download my monster mix of all the cylinders and some tunes to help you study and remind you of the story.”
GO IV Gamer Rachel A. along with Laurie, David, Jess and a few others met with MIH for a game of chance. :) Below is Rachel’s story about the day. Thanks Rachel!!!!
“So today, we had an adventure. I had decided on Sunday that I would fly out to California for this last drop. I can’t justify it logically, but it seemed like a good idea at the time. So I flew out on Tuesday, knowing that several other people would also be travelling to Sun Sun Wo for the final drop. One of them was supposed to be Kyle O. from Clue #3 (I think it was Clue #3) but he had a holdup at the airport. So I called David R. and we planned to meet at one of the BART stations on the other side of the bay and then drive out to Coulterville in the same car. We knew that Laurie P. was also on her way out there and had heard of a couple others showing up, too.
8:00, David and I were on the road. After brief stops at Starbucks and a small roadside bathroom (no doors on the stalls in the ladies room… I gave it a pass and just held it.) we were making a straight shot to Coulterville. I have to say as an East Coaster, the scenery is breathtaking in places. It’s just so different from the side of the country that I’m used to. And then, all of a sudden, the city limits sign for Coulterville.
“That kinda snuck up on us, huh?” was David’s remark.
We pulled into this small small town and peered out the windows. Shortly down the main road was another small offroad. I believe it was called something like “Chinatown” but I don’t really remember. It’s just before 11:00 when we pull up and I waved to the woman standing outside. I figured it was Laurie since there was a slight resemblance from the single picture I’d ever *seen* of Laurie (thank you, Twitter) but it wasn’t her. Apparently, it was the neighbor. So we explained the game to her briefly and she seemed really surprised by the entire idea. At this point, I turned to the small barnyard across the lane and asked, “Are those your geese?”
Apparently, I have a speaking problem because both the woman AND David heard me say, “Are those turkeys?” and they BOTH responded in negative.
“No, they’re geese!”
Anyway. Back to the point.
I realized that, because of the creepy no-door toilets, I had to pee pretty bad at this point, so we went into “downtown” Coulterville and made a stop at the diner. I think David and I both felt a desire to be there at the store whenever the next players showed up. I don’t quite know why, it didn’t make any kind of difference, but we felt it all the same. Luckily for our whims, there was still no one there when we got back. After just a few minutes of hanging out, a pickup rolls down the lane and a woman waves from the passenger seat. She brought along her husband and friend, neither of whom was terribly amused by the entire thing. About 15 minutes later, an SUV pulls up and it’s Joshua, who drove several hours to get there as well.
Really, it’s kind of impossible NOT to drive several hours to arrive in Coulterville.
Turns out he had gotten there around 9 and, finding REALLY no one there, went up to the Coulterville Museum and explored that for a little while. So we’re exploring around the store since it happened to be closed on that day. Kind of a bummer, but still cool to get to look around and think about how insanely old that adobe was! We were around the back of the store, just peering under the porch and wondering if there were some really old bottles just hanging out under there, and a car drove by. Now, on this little road, there weren’t many cars driving, so we all snapped to attention. One of us commented, “It’s a guy and his kid,” and figured they were locals. I cracked some joke about us being so unnecessarily jumpy and that it wasn’t even close to 12:00. As I’m saying this, I’m pulling out my cell phone to check the time, and it’s 11:43. Then we heard a car door slam and realized that it was *someone*.
We hurried out front to see who it was and there was a man and his son walking towards us. He introduced himself as Jesse and we sussed it out that he’s Jess from the boards and from Reno, NV! So again, another really long drive. I had to admit to him that I always assumed “Jess” was just short for “Jessica”. I felt sheepish.
So by this time, there are 8 of us there, which is possibly the highest number of people who have congregated at Sun Sun Wo since 1893. There are the 5 GO IVers (David, Laurie, Joshua, Jess, and me) plus Jess’s son and Laurie’s begrudging truck-mates. Then a couple minutes after 12, we see a blue car turn down the lane and we all of us just stared at it. Sure enough, MIH is on the scene and driving a Prius! How environmental of him. J
He got out of his car and I said, “Well, we found you.”
He responded, “Well it wasn’t very hard!”
We then all went around to the side of the building where there were patio tables and chairs all set up. MIH was holding a burlap-wrapped package in his arms and said we’d need the table for our challenge. By this time, I’m worrying that it’s going to be some crazy cipher and I’m really SOL but then he pulls out a pair of dice and says that whoever rolls 2 2’s gets the clue.
Laurie and David both said that it’s probably good we have the 12-3 time frame!
The following comments were made by various people as the dice went around and around, rolling doubles of every number but 2, and rolling every combination of 2 and # except for another 2.
“Statistically, this could take forever.”
“It’s a good thing the time of pickup goes til 3:00.”
“Hope you don’t have a wedding to get to.”
“I didn’t honestly think anyone was going to drive all the way out here.”
“Can we change it to something that adds up to 4 instead??”
And still the dice kept going around and around and around. I stopped counting, but I think I threw those dice at least 5 or 6 times. And then all of a sudden, there were 2 2’s on the table. I was shocked to have rolled it, but… I did. I never win stuff like this, it’s why I don’t play the lottery or anything. There’s just no evidence supporting that any of the odds in the universe are on my side, so it was cool.
MIH handed me the package and I saw that there was a letter tucked into the twine that held the package together. He then peaced out pretty surreptitiously. I remember him saying that he was leaving, but that’s all I remember. I’d love to be able to say that we all bid him safe travel and thanks for the fun and the clue, but I’m kind of sure that we were all so excited that we just let him leave. So THANKS, MIH, if you read this!
I do remember David remarking that MIH had gone and that it was 12:12 on 11/11. It felt like the dice rolling had taken much longer, but I guess not. So anyway, we read the letter and opened the package and there were these really cool jeans in there along with the invitation for Friday’s event. The prize was a year’s membership to the National Parks Foundation. (And MIH said I could keep the “lucky dice”.) We took a couple of videos and some more pictures and then Laurie brought out some homemade cookies, which were excellent! Once we were done handling our business, we all went our ways.
To make a long story short (TOO LATE) David and I drove back toward the city in high spirits, I got the train into the city, walked toward my hostel, and stopped into the Pinecrest Diner, where I am sitting now eating a fantastic chicken sandwich and writing down my day’s adventure before I forget.
The burlap package and jeans are in my bag on the seat next to me.
Today was excellent.”
This awesome cool video was created by thebruce. It is posted on his blog called “wikibruce” http://wikibruce.com/ . thebruce also is the person who hosts the go forth wiki http://goforth.wikibruce.com/Home .
San Francisco, CA on November 7th, 2009
We got MIH!!!!!! The GO IV Three got it done in Levi’s Plaza at the end of yesterday’s San Francisco Scavenger Hunt!!!!!! David R. was the guy who made it happen!!! WOOOOHOOOO!! Man in the Hat :) Awesome!
GO IVer Enaxor met up with the Man in the Hat on the streets of Portland, Oregon! She’s sly and caught him on video. WOOOHOOO!!! lol But MIH has it down! see how he turns and blurs the image!!! He’s a dog! :)
In Enaxor’s words “He remains an enigma. :-)”
See you in San Francisco, MIH!!! GO IVers, we have to get this guy, theres only a couple more meets!!!
(I hope to have more of Enaxor’s story soon)
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