Day 6: Savannah, Treasure Hunting, and Pirates!

20Jul07

In the morning, Scott headed off to try and repair the RV while the rest of us met up in Savannah to start today’s segment.

Today, they mixed things up a bit. Without looking at the clues, you had to choose between a set of clues similar to what he had been doing, and a set of clues that were “different”.

All the other teams, took the conservative choice and chose the clues similar to previous days. However, Enemies of the Common Good do not fear risk or change—we embrace it. We took the “different” clues and began our quest.

Less than an hour and a half later, we had completed the puzzles, and called in with the answer.

Despite the best efforts of the other teams, we remain undeterred, and came out on top for the day.

Scott was set to pick us up in a few hours, so we had the opportunity to spend the extra time actually looking around the city.

Savannah is a very cool place. The city has 22 (or 24, we’re not sure) different “squares” or little parks that you come upon every couple blocks. They are all different, with varying foliage and monuments in each.

To confuse tourists for the amusement of the locals, many of the squares, but not all, are named for monuments that are not actually in that square. For example, the Pulaski Square is named for revolutionary war hero Casmir Pulaski. Is his statue here? No. You can find the Pulaski monument in Monterey Square, a square named in honor of the capture of Monterey during the Mexican-American war.

Of course.

Despite the lack of Square Name/Monument location connection, the squares really turn Savannah into a beautiful place, with lots of stuff to check out.

To thank someone for all this, we turn to James Oglethorpe, an English General and founder of Savannah in 1732. He’s also the man who came up with the city-square layout of parks. Rather than leave design to the random chance induced by using things like surveying equipment and measuring tapes, Big James (as we like to call him) opted to actually pace things off himself. You read that right: pace. As in stepping it off with your feet. Now that’s a hands-on (or feet-on?) way of doing things.

But what is with this fascination with pacing? Ah my friends, EOTCG has unraveled this mystery for you. You see, it appears that General Oglethorpe secretly wanted to be a pirate, and as everyone knows, pirates love to pace things off.

Come on now you say, what evidence do you have that this member of the British aristocracy secretly wanted to be a pirate? Take a look at this photo and be enlightened:
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That, my friends, is Big James, and he is quite clearly dressed as a pirate. Cool hat, sword, pirate boots, a swashbuckler belt, and a sly grin that says, “Shiver me timbers!”

As we stood in awe of General Oglethorpe, we came to a realization: It was 95 degrees, yet not a drop of sweat had actually evaporated due to the 100% humidity. No one in their right mind would wear such a getup under those weather conditions for fear of drowning in their own perspiration.

That is, of course, unless that person WANTED TO BE A PIRATE!

Ah ha!

And who doesn’t want to be a pirate, doing all the things pirates love to do: living a life of adventure on the high seas, plundering cities and ships, striking fear into the hearts of men, and pacing off city parks using their own two feet.

So General, we salute you. We admire you not just because of the city you designed, but because you left a life of spoiled-rich-kid in London to come to America and pretend to be a pirate. Arrrrrrrr, Matey!

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