Thursday, February 21, 2008

Adventurers Almanac: Execs Award Excal

Despite its exotic nature, the Adventurer's Club remains firmly rooted in the geography of central Florida. In this entry from Volume No. 55, Issue No. 9, a somewhat mundane map of the Orlando area becomes, albeit briefly, a part of the club's permanent collection.

Execs Award Excal

We are proud to announce that the title of 'Adventurers Excalibur" has been awarded by the Executive Committee to Mary-Lou and Richard Reed in honor of their donation to the Club's Permanent Collection. Lord and Lady Reed claim the aeronautical chart which they presented to the Club was responsible for navigating them to safety, in their makeshift airplane, after they had been shipwrecked off the coast of Sumatra. The amazing aspect of this accomplishment is that this map shows only the Orlando Metropolitan area. "We just imagined what the rest of the world looked like and kept heading east!" said the plucky couple. Before their splendid gift (and winner of our last "New Artifact Contest") could be ceremonially displayed, Otis T. Wren, chairman of the Framing Committee, sadly reported that the fragile chart had mysteriously disintegrated.

The Almanac, however, has received an emergency cable from fellow member Derwin "Digger" Quimby, deep in the jungles of the Yucatan, that sheds new light on this mystery. "Digger" contacted us in order to question the significance of the word Kissimmee in the southwest corner of a map that Prof. Wren had sold him. The good Professor had claimed it was a diagram of the interior of the Great Pyramid of Chich'en Itz'a. "Digger" also wanted to know where the tombs of the high priests were in relation to "Winter Park"

Regardless of the fate of the chart, many thanks to the Reeds for their gracious gift and the best of luck to you, too, Digger, old boy, wherever you are. And remember to take your medication.