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Willow Glen Holiday Lights

Date: (Sat.) Dec. 19, 2015
Location: San Jose, CA
Event Director: - 650.365.4275
Course Setters: Brad Wetmore, Tony Pinkham
Type: C; 60- or 90-minute Light-O (Score-O) course and potluck social

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Event Write-Up

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What is spinning on top of the igloo? What is written on the abominable snowman's head? What color is the star in the monster's hand?

What fun it was to be running or walking around the Willow Glen neighborhood on a cool night, looking for the answers to these and other questions at the "controls" that were all at decorated houses. What a beautiful neighborhood!

We were really lucky to have a clear night between two storms for our event.

People started arriving at the Willow Glen Elementary School cafeteria right at 5:00. The custodian arrived, but didn't have the keys to open the multi-use room or bathrooms, so we had to wait until someone came out to give him the right keys. Once we got in, many people helped us to get everything set up, and we were ready for the 6:00 start. Thanks to everyone who pitched in to help us set up registration, the potluck, and Peter's Water Play station.

It was good to see that about 115 participants did show up to go out on the course on a wonderful December night. We had many scouts and families show up this year. The kids had a good time on the course, and enjoyed the hot chocolate and hot cider when they finished.

Father/son team D&D Wilkinson came in first in the 60-minute division, and Marcy Beard was first in the 90-minute division.

Peter Graube had a big crowd to listen to his interesting Water Play presentation.

Congratulations to Trinka Gillis, this year's BAOC Service Award winner. Thanks, Trinka, for all you have done to help the club!

Thanks for making this event possible go to:

Tony Pinkham and Brad Wetmore, the course setters, for all their hard work on this event.
Tony Pinkham for being in charge of the starts and finishes, and for greeting everyone when they finished their course.
Steve Haas for handling registration.
Bob Cooley for printing the maps. (Thanks for printing the extra maps, Bob, when we found out how many groups would be joining us.)
Rex Winterbottom, our Event Coordinator, who helped get this event on the schedule.
Chuck Spalding for being so helpful in updating the webpage for the event.
Jeff Lanam for presenting the BAOC Service Award.
Brad Wetmore for setting up the on-line sign-up form.
Marina Keeting for handling the insurance.
Shirley Pierce, Bob Wedig, and Alak Ghosh for working on the results.
Peter Graube for bringing in all the science equipment, and giving the popular Water Play presentation.

And thanks to everyone for coming on a cool night to our annual Willow Glen Holiday Lights event. Many of you said that you had a great time. Tony said that several people loved the event and plan to come back next year and bring their friends. We hope to see you next year.




Results

Willow Glen Holiday Lights

San Jose, CA
Saturday, December 19, 2015

60-Minute Category   90-Minute Category

Attendance: 115 participants for an evening-only event that has attracted 30 to 55 people in the previous years at this location.

Following the event, one of the course setters checked the controls for which competitors gave the wrong answers, and found only one control "set in error" (the decoration used in the question for control 11 had been removed, so Steve Gregg got credit as the only person to visit that control). Mistakes made with controls 53 and 54 were for what amounted to probably seeing another decorated house two or five properties further down the street​—​both the mistaken home and the correct home had easily visible addresses, so we let the penalties stand for each person who provided the wrong answers. The other wrong answers were mostly cases in which the competitor provided two answers when only one was allowed, or for clearly providing a wrong answer.


60-Minute Category  (14 teams, 39 people)
                                   Control_Points    Time    Total  Total   Wrong  
  Pl  Name(s)             People  Correct  Penalty  Penalty  Pnts   Time    Answers
   1  D&D Wilkinson            2     300      -0      -0      300   58:17     
   2  Rex Winterbottom         1     290      -0      -0      290   56:22
   3  Johanna & Tapio Karras   2     260      -0      -0      260   59:02
   4  Erika                    1     270     -30      -0      240   60:00   38
   5  Steve Haas               1     230     -30      -0      200   59:01   302
   6  Jay Hann                 1     180      -0      -0      180   57:49
   7  Sederquist/Ricketts      4     170      -0      -0      170   57:17
   8  Bob, Jan, & John Wedig   3     120      -0      -0      120   56:23
   9  Granger-Bevan            2     160     -60      -0      100   57:35   3, 55
  10  Alak Ghosh               1     130     -30      -0      100   59:15   22
  11  Troop 60479 Group #1     9      80      -0      -0       80   56:09
  12  Carl/Aleene Reisinger    2      90     -30      -0       60   56:59   43
  13  "Adventure Turtles"      2      50      -0      -0       50   52:06
      Schwab and Fleischer     8       0      -0      -0        0    DNF    (part of team went home  
                                                                            without returning answers)


90-Minute Category  (24 teams, 76 people)
                                   Control_Points    Time    Total  Total   Wrong  
  Pl  Name(s)             People  Correct  Penalty  Penalty  Pnts   Time    Answers
   1  Marcy Beard              1     480      -0      -0      480   89:55     
   2  G/C Brew                 2     400      -0      -0      400   87:49
   3  Matej Sebo               1     470     -60     -10      400   90:46   53, 54
   4  Penny DeMoss             1     390      -0      -0      390   84:40
   5  Steve Gregg              1     390      -0      -0      390   89:04
   6  Van Berkel               1     410     -30      -0      380   89:22   55
   7  John Beard               1     430     -60      -0      370   88:55   3, 54
   8  Jason Lee                1     350      -0      -0      350   87:29
   9  Steve Harrison           1     380     -30      -0      350   87:40   54
  10  L/D Sebo                 3     350     -30      -0      320   84:45   53
  11  Vicki Woolworth          1     300      -0      -0      300   79:11
  12  Jim Vickers +7           8     230      -0      -0      230   84:23
  13  Jeff Lanam               1     220      -0     -10      210   90:53
  14  Robert & Carol Lewis     2     200      -0      -0      200   78:03
  15  Corsano & Heller         2     180      -0      -0      180   86:29
  16  Karen Stephenson         1     140      -0      -0      140   85:28
  17  R/E/E/A Romander         4     120      -0      -0      120   76:07
  18  Denise Harrington        1     120      -0      -0      120   82:36
  19  Stefanova                2     200     -90      -0      110   78:49   34, 51, 54
  20  Troop 60479 Group #4     8      80      -0      -0       80   61:32
  21  Troop 60479 Group #2    13      70      -0      -0       70   66:44
  22  Apodaca                  5      60      -0      -0       60   64:21
  23  Lee & Kerns              3      50      -0      -0       50   74:55
  24  Troop 60479 Group #3    12      60     -30      -0       30   61:00   33

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DNF = Did not finish