The short story: we had a great time at DASH 5 last Saturday! The long story is the following multi-part, in-depth, ridiculously detailed report. If you don’t like hearing about (literally) what I had for breakfast on DASH day, you might just want to skip or skim these posts. =)
Last year, I wrote a post every day until my DASH report was complete. This year, I still want to get them done quickly, but I can’t get to the good stuff until they’ve run DASH in London this weekend (to avoid releasing any spoilers). So for this week, I’ll only get to cover the prep leading up to the actual event.
Team: Rather Dashing (I thought of this last year after the fact and swore it would be our 2013 name)
Members: Me, Nick, Keith, and Rachael
Let’s start with what I brought this year. I tried to keep things contained to just one backpack, and that worked out fine again.
- Big scissors, little scissors
- Scotch tape
- Measuring tape
- Three highlighters
- Dry-erase markers
- A fistful of pens and a fistful of pencils in the side pockets of the backpack
- Two clipboards
- Paperclips and mini binder clips
- Small plastic bag
- The Binder (I’ll give more details on how The Binder ended up working out this year in the next post.)
- Two apples
- Goldfish crackers
- A Luna bar and a Nature’s Own bar
- My rain jacket
- Nick’s rain jacket
- A towel in case we needed to sit anywhere wet
- Phone charger
- Two small ring-bound notebooks
- Safety waiver for our team (almost forgot this!!)
I didn’t end up bringing a camera since my new phone has a pretty nice one already, and it seemed much quicker to just get my phone out of my pocket to take a photo than to dig out the camera.
It was a bit tough to decide what to wear the morning of the event. We’ve learned that Seattle weather is very unpredictable, and depending on which forecast you looked at on Saturday it was going to be sunny all day, partly cloudy with showers in the afternoon, or it was already raining right then (it was not) and would drizzle all day. We both basically ended up dressing in layers, which I guess is the only solution that lets you adapt, even if it ends up being cumbersome.
At 8:20, we went down to the store to pick up a few last-minute things. I needed to get a notebook for Nick, some more clear file holders for the binder, and a watch for me. With my big goal of doing better time management this year, I thought I ought to have an actual watch on my wrist rather than relying on my phone. And I guess I haven’t had a watch since high school!
After that, we headed over to Bellevue proper to get breakfast at Chace’s Pancake Corral. I thought eating a big breakfast before DASH last year was a really smart move and helped us keep our energy up and be more flexible with eating, so I wanted to continue the tradition. I love breakfast foods, but Bellevue is seriously lacking in good/affordable places for breakfast and brunch. It seems like your options are either IHOP/Denny’s or someplace pretty fancy. Chace’s was more of the mom and pop homestyle kind of place I’m used to. We got seated right away (at what appeared to be the last table available) and were attended to very quickly. Definitely put my constant we’re-gonna-be-late anxiety at ease.
I got some delicious french toast and sausage, Nick got pancakes, (amaaazzing) bacon, and eggs. I took the time while we were waiting to learn the functionality of my new watch (does anyone actually do that? haha). Learning the stopwatch function turned out to be helpful, and I would frequently call out the time passed to our team as we worked on a puzzle.
Anyway, we ate pretty quick and headed out (and it looked like we had just beat the morning rush, lots of people waiting as we left). We decided to park (for free) in the garage for a mall that we’re pretty familiar with and walk a few blocks to the starting place, City Hall Park. As we walked over, it was chilly enough that we both ended up getting our rain jackets out for more warmth (since I wasn’t convinced it was going to rain much, we almost left them in the car!).
It was exciting to see lots of people heading toward the park! There seemed to be quite a few more teams than DC had last year. We found our teammates and went to go register and get our starting materials.
And that’s as far as I can go this week. Not very exciting, haha. Best of luck to all the London DASHers on Saturday! You’re in for some awesome puzzles =)