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Journey To The End Of The Night Manhattan by W C

October 3rd, 2006 9:46 PM

INSTRUCTIONS: A pursuit across Manhattan in 5 parts.

The city spreads out before you. Rushing from point to point, lit by the slow strobe of fluorescent buses and dark streets. Stumbling into situations for a stranger's signature. Fleeing unknown pursuers, breathing hard, admiring the landscape and the multitude of worlds hidden in it.

For one night, drop your relations, your work and leisure activities, and all your usual motives for movement and action, and let yourself be drawn by the attractions of the chase and the encounters you find there.

No bikes, no cars, just feet and public transportation.

Document your experience.

Friends and I met up at Eyebeam Atelier on the west side of town. After signing in, listening to the rules, and brief strategizing, we were off running. We mainly ran to get out of the crowd as fast as we could. Off to check point 1, we decided to take the subway. Subway took forever. As we came out, I became overly paranoid and constantly looked over my shoulder. Arriving at checkpoint 1, we discovered that there were already tons of people who had arrived there. So onto checkpoint 2. Again, we decided to take the subway. Arrived with no issues. On to checkpoint 3 which was really far from checkpoint 2, and pretty deserted at this time of day. When we got there, we split from another group because they were being (obnoxiously) loud. This is where it got fun. We took a different route and got to be all sneaky hiding behind bushes and stuff. Then just as the checkpoint was right around the corner, a chaser on the bike comes up behind us. He says excuse me, and we think he's trying to pass us by until we realize he's wearing his caution tape around his neck! We make a run for it and hurdle over park benches to reach the checkpoint. Onto checkpoint 4 which was in walking distance. As soon as we turn up a street to get to Broadway, we see the chaser on the bike who had tagged two people. Their friend was hiding behind a dumpster. We quickly ran in the direction we came in, and just as we turned the corner, another chaser appears. Friend 1 was running in front of me, Friend 2 was running behind me, and the girl hiding behind the dumpster was running somewhere behind me as well. I decide to cross the street to prevent myself from getting tagged. I make for the opening of the scaffolding across the street when I saw that no cars were coming. As soon as I got to the other side, I noticed that there was no opening. Unable to stop myself at sprint speed, I hurl into the waist-high bar and somehow managed to limp my way to the end of the block and around the corner out of sight. The chaser caught Friend 2. Friend 1 and I proceeded on to checkpoint 4 no problems. By then, it was 30 minutes before midnight and we had gotten word that there were already a lot of people at checkpoint 6. Checkpoint 4 became the end of our game.

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