Inspired by Leigh’s fascinating photo essay on the 21st, I’m presenting my mystery with both text and photo clues intended to permit readers to exercise multiple mystery-solving techniques, so they can choose the method(s) that play to their own strengths.
The mystery is:[A] Where was Dixon Hill yesterday (Thursday), and [B] what was he doing there?
Perhaps you’re a techno-sleuth, for instance. Though I took most of these photos with my cell phone camera, some were captured from online sites. If you can find the origin of these particular pics, you’ll be able to easily solve at least half the mystery.
If digital manipulation is not your bag, there are other clues and hints to help. But … what was I doing in this place yesterday (aside from taking pics on my phone camera)?
Are you a walking UNIVAC data collection master? Have you read and compiled things about me that might give you a clue – particularly when you couple this with my location? And don’t forget to consider extraneous factors that may lead you to success, such as the season and what you know about me.
Even if you’re not a walking computer, switch into sleuth mode, turn on those “little gray cells” and…
Let the sleuthing begin!
(But ... watch out for red herrings. While everything included here does exist at the site I visited yesterday, some of these photos are designed to obfuscate or confuse. ... Though I don't expect you to have too much difficulty. After all, I designed this for morning coffee fun time!)
Here come the clues!
I took these photos outside Scottsdale, Arizona – even though the name of the place I photographed might make the unwary believe that I’m inside the city limits.
Below is a photo date/time hack, taken at Entrance One of the place I visited yesterday. Maybe you’ll find it helpful.
Yes, it was fairly cool in The Valley of the Sun, yesterday -- though not as cool as it was for most of last week, when temps hovered in the mid to high 90's and a breeze blew through while a layer of clouds blocked the sun's burning rays. Felt almost like Christmas!
Does the photo on the right give you a hint where I was, or what I was doing there?
Many businesses and institutions have logos or symbols that represent them. Below are two symbols that represent the place where I spent much of yesterday.
This fellow sits out in the hot sun all summer long!
And, here is what he's guarding. And, this is ABSOLUTELY a part of the place I was visiting ... though I never spent much time here, because I'm not good at growing more than the grass in my front yard.
Nearby are these interesting artifacts (seen on the right).
But, be forewarned: they have nothing to do with the sort of plants you grow in a garden.
Below is part of a sign on the ring-road around the place. Is it really directing folks to Mr. Toad's home???
The structure in the pic below isn't really on the grounds of the place where I was yesterday (though I took this shot from the ring-road), but it runs just along the western boundary -- so I thought it might be a good clue if you used Google's satellite view (or street view) in part of your work.
The symbol seen in the vertical circle (below) is not a symbol for the place I visited, but it is the symbol for where that place resides. The reddish thing you're looking at is a sculpture sitting in the median of the road that bounds the southern edge of the property.
This median sculpture designates entry to a certain land, which is actually (perhaps) a very good clue. I took this shot from the ring-road.
Below is a great place to get 5-star food at 2-star prices.
People who have sat in these seats went on to create films that won accolades at the Sundance Film Festival and other venues.
If you know women’s pro basketball, maybe you know that Ryneldi Becenti once played on this court. (Sorry it's blurry. I was being chased off by security! LOL)
The photo below shows just a door and window in a wall. To me, however, it's the place where I took the first step on a long, crooked road that brought me out the other end as a writer.
Below: At one time, I wrote (probably rather poor) news stories about activities at this place. In fact, before I had a computer of my own, this is where I wrote.
A few more shots, which just might tip the ballance. (The first shot is over-sized for those who love looking at the desert. On my computer, it's possible to pan right by grabbing the little bar just below the photo. You may need to click on the photo and open it, however, before you can pan, depending on your setup.)
Got it figured out? Know where I was and what I was doing there (or at least feel you can take an educated stab)? Click on the “comments” link below, and tell us . And PLEASE! In your comment, tell us what tipped you off. In this manner, maybe we’ll all gain some smidgeon of fresh insight concerning contemporary sleuthing. I’ll post the answer, right in that same comments thread, later in the day so you can check your solution.
See you in two weeks!