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The Things We Bury For Our Friends by twine, Nat Mun, otter, Formal Log

January 30th, 2011 6:08 PM / Location: 40.779607,-73.97081

INSTRUCTIONS: Bury something. Contact another player that you don't know in real life and give them instructions on where to dig it up. Your instructions can be either straight-forward or cryptic.

When you contact them you should also invite them as a collaborator on the task.

Burial: Nat Mun


New York. As a desert rat from well....the middle of nowhere, New York was a big thing for me. First time on an air plane. First time on a Train. First time on a boat to. A lot of firsts. Oh also. Ya know that tornado that hit NYC last September? yep. That was me. Anyways, all that ruckus wasn't enough for me to forget about our friends here on SF0. My cousins got a kick out of it too. After being thwarted by the UN on our expedition to the Natural History Museum we turned out attention to the task at hand; a good old fashion treasure hunt. Or rather burial. The treasure itself consisted of a few things I brought from home as well as some tidbits of note I found during my first few days in the city. We compiled it that morning on the train ride into the city from Long Island, well....I compiled it, my cousins fell asleep due to too much karaoke the night before. Anyways. Most notable in the treasure chest (candy tin) was a quarter bearing my state of origin, a silver wing which I kept the second half to the pair, and a nut from my cousins back yard. (Sadly I don't know what kind of nut, but it seemed fitting as they were aiding me in my endeavor). As such., we then went tromping through the city soon trading train for subway, subway for sidewalk, and sidewalk for earth! I took pictures every few yards or so, of the path and surrounding land marks. The map and hiding done, I found the most difficult part was finding someone to find my buried treasure (much to the bemusement of my friends; they have such very foul minds sometimes). When near all hope was lost I logged on briefly and found to my great surprise a message! Quick as I could I uploaded the map to be found here. The rest of the story of course must be told by another.

Retrieval: quietriotgrrrl, Formal Log, twine, unsigned Dan

Unfortunately, we did not see Nat's request for New Yorkers to find her treasure until a few months after it was buried. As soon as we got a hold of the "map," we set out for our treasure. We wanted to get to it quickly, before it was lost to decomposition or precipitation. We biked out from Brooklyn up to the Natural History Museum, where the path seemed to begin.


Museum Facade Facade


Some things were more recognizable than others because of the recent blizzards in New York. It was odd to stare at Nat's photos of the park, and try to orient ourselves to the same views, but completely covered in snow.


NYC


One of the items in the map was a lamp post in the park with what looked like a serial number on it. We knew that the first two numbers of the serial number indicate what street outside of the park the lamppost is closest to. We relied on this information to bring us over the wooden bridge and underneath the stone archway from the map.


through the arch


Finally, we found the curved section of fence where the treasure was buried, which we identified by the rock outcropping between the path and the fence. We knew it was within five feet or so of these rocks. However, this turned out to be the most difficult part of the task. While we knew that it was within that area, it was hard to tell the exact spot the tin had been buried in from the perspective of the photographs. We spent a good twenty minutes digging around and trying to orient ourselves, but we started to worry that the tin had been found by non-players or washed away in the rain.


the spot!


It took some clever photograph analysis (and some luck) to find our treasure. Formal Log and Dan Who Is Not Signed Up used the triangulation of two rocks in one of the map-pictures to reconstruct Nat's exact position while burying the object. While they pointed to a ~1 foot square patch of earth that the tin could be in, twine absentmindedly kicked at the dirt in that area. Lo and behold, a shiny piece of metal was uncovered where his boot hit!


unearthed!


We quickly dug around the rest of the object, and victoriously pulled out the tin. A couple watching from the bridge above us cheered as we all yelled and jumped on seeing the booty. We cleared out of the area before opening the tin, but closed it again pretty quickly when we discovered that the inside was full of slime, as well as a couple of maggots. However, we were able to wash the treasure when we got home, and it's now composed as a small shrine in a corner of The Lottery Fortress.



slimy contents

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Museum Facade Facade

Museum Facade Facade

Note that this is actually a canvas with the image of the museum printed on it. The actual front of the museum is under construction. This is a metaphor for New York City/modernity.


orientation

orientation


NYC

NYC


through the arch

through the arch


the spot!

the spot!


the search continues

the search continues


unearthed!

unearthed!


the treasure-tin

the treasure-tin


the carnage

the carnage

We destroyed the pristine beauty of the snow in our hunt for lucre.


mixed fruit drops!

mixed fruit drops!


slimy contents

slimy contents


decomposition

decomposition


a note?

a note?


only partially legible

only partially legible


the return

the return




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posted by Sombrero Guy on January 31st, 2011 1:07 PM

It's always nice to see a good outcome to this task. When I tried this I buried 4 things. Only one was ever found, and the others had just disappeared.
So I think it's great that the thing was actually still there so long after being buried!

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posted by Nat Mun on February 1st, 2011 1:08 AM

I know right! I was really loosing hope. Its kind of cool to see how just a few months can really change something.

Also I really dont know where the slime and maggots came from *sweat drop*