“Ok everyone. I’m counting on you all to help me in this. We only have a few disjointed clues to go on so we’re going to have to put all of our heads together to figure this out,” Bill looked around the room at the enthusiastic group of boys and felt proud to be their scout master. “I’m going to hand out a few of the pictures that will serve as our clues. Each group of four will then work together to get any information they can from the pictures. And then, hopefully, based on the information each group comes up with, we can figure out “The Mystery of the Forgotten Camera”, sound good?” Bill asked the group of 24 cub scouts and was met with a unanimous “Yeah!”.
Passing out the photos, Bill let the boys get to work and wandered from table to table to add any needed encouragement. Finally, after about half an hour each team had come up with a list of clues to try and solve the mystery. From the following pictures this is what they came up with:
- The photographer is possibly from Vermont
- They are parents or the grandparents of a softball player and little leaguer
- They appear to be fascinated by mundane things
- They have a vested interest in Emory Riddle Aeronautical University
- They are interested in basic construction and demolition
- They like snow
- Buzz Lightyear holds some sort of symbolic importance
The Not So Fantastic Reality:
The above story was inspired by the following tidbits I encountered today:
ONE: On the way home from Ponce Inlet and a day on the beach with the dogs, Andy suddenly springs out of the car and grabs something off of the road in front of our stopped car. Hopping back inside, he tosses me the retrieved item and low and behold it’s a pristine digital camera, a nice one too. It’s in a case, has its instruction manual and the little cloth thingy to remove smudges- fancy. It’s a SONY Cyber-Shot 16.1 megapixel camera, about $200 or so and there it was, just lying in the street. So, like anyone with any ounce of curiosity, I begin to scroll through the pictures. Ok, not to be a jerky turkey, and I’m sure these photos mean something to the people who took them, but man alive are they boring! There were about 170 pictures and video of one softball game, one little league game, the inside of buildings, a construction site, snow on a few trees and of course, Buzz Lightyear (which, incidentally, was the most entertaining and most recent picture). I plan on putting up an ad in Craigslist saying we found it but, I’m not hopeful in hearing from the original owners and I don’t even know where to begin to start looking. I feel kinda bad about it, like I’ve done something wrong for taking home a camera that was just left on the street. Anyone out there have a similar experience? What did you do?
Love & Squirrels.