I got my first preparatory e-mail from my MIT Mystery Hunt team this week. I am officially freaking out! Definitely feels more like it’s really happening than just buying the plane tickets. The e-mail was also kind of a wake-up call: only 7 weeks until the hunt! And I have a lot more I need to do to prepare besides just puzzle training! So here is my to-do list so far:
- Read all of my team’s massive Google site, especially the amazing intro guide they’ve written and the other logistical docs. (I’m the type of person who has made a Google doc for Diamond Dash strategies, so I am all about the wordy Google docs! Thankful that I’m on such a thorough and helpful team!)
- See if there is anything helpful I can bring as far as equipment/office supplies. Maybe I can win some new friends with my mom’s famous chocolate chip recipe.
- Do whatever it takes to prevent my poor old laptop from overheating that weekend. Hang in there, little buddy.
- Figure out hotel sharing arrangements with some other team members, and decide on my sleep schedule.
- Learn more about the public transit from the airport to the hotel/MIT so I’m not too lost when I arrive.
- Figure out what’s going on/what I’m doing Thursday evening and Sunday-Monday.
- Start making a list of what to pack and see if there are any holes in my winter wardrobe. I feel like I discarded a lot of winter clothes in Austin and never really replaced them. I’m cold-natured already, and Boston is not Austin. Boston isn’t even Richmond.
- Maybe make some goals for the weekend. Things like have fun, meet some new people, not get frustrated, do something helpful for someone else, notice Boston, etc.
- Make some sort of countdown calendar/reminder, or else it will be the week before the hunt and I won’t have done any of this stuff!
I’m sure the list will grow as I learn more about the hunt, but for now that’s quite enough I think! Are there any glaring omissions?