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Recently transpired - the scavenger hunt! Metropolitan Odyssey 2011 Saturday, June 11
9:00 AMish to 5:00 PMish
After-party to follow
Teams of four, $100 per team
MetroMetro began in the fall of 2002. Bo, Brady, and Will were hanging out as usual in Brooklyn, and one frequent topic of discussion was the relative merits of playing in relation to working. They talked about wanting to be in a gigantic scavenger hunt - one that would force them to scour the entire city for clues. But they didn't know of any hunts in the works for less than One Thousand Dollars Per Person. So they decided to plan one, just for their friends. Everywhere in Manhattan south of 110th Street would be fair game. They e-mailed a handful of people to participate and spread the word, and they set up a quick-and-dirty webpage for signups.
They called themselves MetroMetro. They called the hunt Metropolitan Odyssey.
People started signing up their teams of three. At first, Brady, Bo, and Will recognized their friends' names among the signups. But then some
new names started showing up in their inbox. They had
conversations like this:
Brady: Hey, we got a signup from your friend Serge.
Will and Bo: Who?
And so it began. About 150 people later, they cut off sign-ups and had an extraordinarily successful daylong scavenger hunt. Not wanting to lose that nearly crippling high of a job well done, Metro Metro decided to continue, expand, and take over everything. And so they did, planning event after event, always changing the scope but never the mission: to have fun.
Tim, no stranger to the desire for fun, came on as graphic designer. He took on a more active role, especially when we needed someone to handle the taller aspects of the events. Soon enough, he worked his way down the ladder to And Tim.
Not long after that, Ed, who had been a strong supporter of our early work, returned to New York after a stint in the midwest. His can-do attitude, playful smile, and stunning ability to be additional made him a natural fit in the organization, earning him the moniker Also Ed.
As Metro Metro, we continue to provide these carefully planned, economically produced, soulfully satisfying extravaganzas when our free time permits. Every year we aim to do the scavenger hunt, and then in the meantime we tackle all sorts of ideas to promote city exploration, social interaction, and general good times.
So welcome to MetroMetroland, where playing really is better than working.