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28 July 2016 @ 09:37 pm
Exitus and other stuff.  
Last Friday night was my sister's workplace social club night out and as her husband was off interstate she invited me along for a fun night. We met up at Strike Bowling in the city for a spot of ten pin bowling (which my right shoulder and left buttock felt for days afterwards!) but first we played (not sure that's the right word for it) Exitus. Firstly we had to surrender our mobiles into a safe, then we were blindfolded, and led into a room in total darkness; the door shut behind us then lights came on and we could remove the blindfolds to see our surroundings. The room was garden-themed and littered with clues, the solving of which led to more clues, which eventually gave us the code to unlock the door. All we had to start with was an ipad with a displayed timer counting down the fifty minutes game time allowed, and a phone which called directly to the staff.

If we got stuck on a clue there was a QR code that we could scan for the answer, but that resulted in a time penalty. We could also call out for extra clues but once again a time penalty would be incurred. We ended up using the scanner and phone once each (all the while I'm saying "no, we'll figure it out!" but time was against us. Still I think we did all right, managing to make it out with five minutes remaining despite the time penalty.

Afterwards there was bowling, and pizza, and a couple of wines. I am a terrible bowler but then I wasn't trying out for the Olympics so who cares. *g*

Had a bit of an unpleasant surprise today when a fine for not voting in the local council elections arrived in the mail. The election was held last March and I didn't worry too much about it because the councillor for my ward was unopposed, and in previous years the council hasn't bothered to chase people who didn't vote; they reckoned it cost more to follow up than they received in fines. Looks like they've changed their way of thinking!
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Spencer's Journalspencer5460 on July 28th, 2016 11:40 am (UTC)
That sounds fun! (Except for the fine.)
miwahni: S&H Tomatomiwahni on July 30th, 2016 08:57 am (UTC)
It WAS fun, and it was interesting to see everyone's different approach to the problem-solving.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on July 28th, 2016 11:47 am (UTC)
I've heard about the Exitus style game before although the settings were different and I think it may have been called something else. It sounds like fun to me. :D

I'm a rubbish bowler but I've always enjoyed playing when someone else has suggested it. MG is a really good bowler but then it's something his family used to do together a couple of times a month when he was a kid.
miwahni: Pros Partnersmiwahni on July 30th, 2016 08:58 am (UTC)
I used to go bowling a lot as a teenager but that was so long ago. Even back then I was moderately crap at it, so at least it's not a skill I've lost over the years *g*.
Trepkostrepkos on July 28th, 2016 10:26 pm (UTC)
Wow - that's harsh!
miwahni: Pros Ouchmiwahni on July 30th, 2016 08:59 am (UTC)
$55,provided I pay it on time, otherwise it doubles. Can't blame anyone but myself, though! It's like getting a speeding ticket; you can't complain if you're caught.
mrua7mrua7 on July 28th, 2016 11:38 pm (UTC)
Now that sounds like a fun night! Good for you!
miwahni: MFU  Fascinatingmiwahni on July 30th, 2016 09:00 am (UTC)
Yes, it really was a fun night, thanks, even though I didn't know a soul except for my sister. It's a good bunch she works with.
P.R. Zed: holmes bbc benedict by lucre-noinprzed on July 29th, 2016 02:33 pm (UTC)
Exitus sounds fun. There's a place that opened locally that does the same sort of thing, but not knowing how it operates I thought it sounded rather more anxiety-inducing than fun.

Boo on the voting fine, though it's sort of encouraging that they're enforcing participation in local democracy. You'd think they'd cut you slack on an unopposed election, though.

miwahni: Pros Partnersmiwahni on July 30th, 2016 09:04 am (UTC)
I thought it sounded rather more anxiety-inducing than fun.
That's what I was thinking, too, but once I got in there I really started to enjoy it, and I'd love to go again. They have two different rooms so it would be a new experience.

Voting at all three levels - local, state and federal - is compulsory in Australia; as I said upthread I've only myself to blame. Just suck it up and pay it! There was still the mayor to be elected, so we were still required to go to the ballot box. I've always voted in every state and federal election, and never ever complained about it because I actually do care, and I'd do so even if it wasn't compulsory, but I lack the same level of enthusiasm for the local council.
P.R. Zed: pros mixed doubles gunrangeprzed on July 30th, 2016 01:51 pm (UTC)
I rather wish Canada would make voting mandatory. I always vote, at every level, but our voting levels are truly abysmal. The last election turnout was 68%, and that was considered a high water mark. :(
miwahni: Pros Never far apartmiwahni on July 30th, 2016 01:55 pm (UTC)
The downside of compulsory voting is that there is a high proportion of invalid votes, from people who only turn up to get their names crossed off the roll. Which IMO negates their right to complain about the government they end up with.