Yesterday, all 16 of my co-workers and I boarded a bus at 11:00 a.m. and headed to a gigantic indoor amusement facility for an afternoon of fun (and presumably team-building). What a blast!
We started with a lunch buffet and moved on to a Whirlyball tournament. Judging by the Google search I just did to get that link, the sport has become quite popular, but I'd never heard of it until this week. It's basically a cross between jai alai and basketball played atop modified bumper cars. I wasn't very good at it, but it was fun.
After that we had an hour to disperse and play video games or whatever else we wanted to do. I started out with a roller coaster simulator that was pretty darned cool. For old times' sake I played one game of Ms. Pacman and lost pretty quickly. I played air hockey and eventually lost, although we kept the game going for quite some time. Then I discovered the go-kart track! I hadn't driven a go-kart since I was a teenager and I'm a LOT more confident driver now. Whee! I started out fairly behind, but I think I eventually passed almost everyone else.
After that most of us regrouped and played laser tag. I came in 14th out of 15, so clearly I don't have the requisite killer instinct (or self-preservation instinct, for that matter). When it comes to "shooting your friends" games, I think I might appreciate paintball a little more, just because there's more incentive (ow!) not to get shot. With laser tag it's more, "Oh well, you got me."
By the time we wrapped things up around 3:00 p.m., I was ready for a nap. Unfortunately, I still had lots of work to do and a board meeting in the early evening. Still, I was glad I'd had the chance to spend the afternoon running around instead of being planted in front of my computer. I just hope the chiropractor can get me in this evening...