Murder & Horses

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February 20, 2013 by drandmrso

In case you missed the last post, I’ve been lounging in Arizona since last Saturday. I know, my life is pretty rough. Here’s what went down the last two days.

Murderous Monday

The last two members of the group arrived! After catching up a little, we hit up the free happy hour at the club house. As my friend Leah pointed out, it seems that the richer you get (because generally the people that are at this happy hour are not mooching off their friends’ parents), the more free stuff people will give you. Silly, no? But the drinks were delicious and the company was perfecto.

Margaritas! Ole!

Margaritas! Ole!

Happy, indeed.

Happy, indeed.

At one point in the conversation, my friend Scott observed that you can divide people into two groups: those that look like rodents and those that look like birds. The group decided I  look like a bird. What do you think?

Swan? Ostrich?

Swan? Ostrich?

After happy hour we all changed into our costumes for one of the main events of the week: the mystery dinner! If you haven’t done one before, here’s how it works: everyone is assigned a character a couple of weeks in advance and they have to come up with an appropriate costume. The night of the event everyone receives additional background information about their characters–including whether or not they murdered the victim! Then everybody interrogates everyone else to decide whodunit. The theme of our party was “Cowboy Casualty,” which we thought was particularly appropriate for the setting in Arizona. Here was the cast for the night:

Rex the mine owner played by yours truly

Rex the mine owner played by yours truly

Molly the chef played by Kendall

Molly the chef played by Kendall

V.R. the oil baron played by Scott

V.R. the oil baron played by Scott

Jasper the exotic animal importer played by Missy

Jasper the exotic animal importer played by Missy

Shania the washed up country start played by Abby

Shania the washed up country star played by Abby

Montana the butler played by Dan

Montana the butler played by Dan

Ginger the concierge played by Leah

Ginger the concierge played by Leah

Marlena the PR rep played by Steph

Marlena the PR rep played by Steph

Edith the business executive played by Rachel

Edith the business executive played by Rachel

So who was the murderer? The rascally Jasper!

Whodunit? Jasper dunit.

Whodunit? Jasper dunit.

Overall the mystery dinner was a great success. If we do it again in the future, we probably won’t go through the company that we purchased this kit from. It was more geared toward a very large group (think 30-40 people) rather than an intimate dinner party.

Trail Ride Tuesday

Tuesday morning we got up bright and early and trekked to a horseback riding ranch. None of us had been riding in years, so we opted for a beginner-level two hour ride through the Superstitious Mountain range. It was absolutely stunning. And we had really pretty horses to boot. Mine was named Mandy.

On the winding and dusty trail!

On the winding and dusty trail!

Super bonus: horseback riding was number 17 on my list of 101 things! Plus, our guide Gary had a plethora of corny jokes. A couple favorites:

Gary: Why did the chicken cross the road?

Kendall: Why?

Gary: To get to your house. Knock, knock.

Kendall: Who’s there…?

Gary: The chicken!

Gary: Knock, knock.

Rachel: Who’s there?

Gary: Broken pencil.

Rachel: Broken pencil who?

Gary: Nevermind, it’s pointless.

And finally, as promised, here are the answers to the riddles from the last post.

1. The man and a few friends were taking a hot air balloon ride when they ran low on fuel. In order to make it to safety they had to lose a lot of ballast–fast. They drew straws to see who would jump out to save the rest and the unlucky man in the field was holding the short straw.

2. The woman in the field had been practicing with her new boomerang that she picked up on her recent trip to Australia. She clearly needed a bit more practice.

3. In this verbal riddle, I didn’t like words with the letter T in them.

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Dr. O is an otorhinolaryngology resident. Mrs. O was an English major and is easily grossed out by blood and guts. This is the blog where Mrs. O documents their adventures in (not bloody) detail. Enjoy!

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