A few weeks before formal, my friend Erin and I were lounging on an SRD couch, finessing the finer details of the night and trying to figure out what our group could do that would be a memorable experience for everyone. And I guess what no one tells you about formal, is that planning it is kind of a long process because you have to not only worry about what you are going to wear, but where you are going to eat and how you will keep your date entertained for an entire evening!!! We typed in Google, “weird things to do in Austin” because that’s what our city is known for, and as expected, we had many SO options to choose from. One of the first ones on our list was “Austin Panic Room”. We were immediately intrigued. So, we read more about it and learned that you basically paid to be trapped in a room for one hour and the only way to get out was by solving a mystery. We were so down.
We called the company and were instantaneously convinced. The guy on the phone said that the combined success rate for all the rooms was 30%, with the exception of the prison room, which has a significantly lower rate of getting out. Why you may ask? Because you are handcuffed to the wall!!!! Isn’t that crazy!? Erin and I were laughing uncontrollably just imagining us and our dates, in formal wear, handcuffed to a wall. The possible GOLDEN Instagram captions were running through our minds. However, long story short we decided that it would be really awkward if we weren’t able to solve the mystery and didn’t get out. SO, we went with the Abandoned School Room option because it apparently had the best story line. And oh boy let me tell ya: it did.
Fast forward to the day of formal: Erin and I are feeling a tad bit anxious. We have just found out that our dates are a little bit (actually very) competitive and that getting out is something they were very serious about. We got to thinking, what if we don’t get out? Will they be disappointed the whole night? What if it’s really stressful in there and we all hate each other by the end of the night? The stakes were clearly very high.
Fast forward to later that night: and we are locked in this abandoned classroom in our formal dresses and suits. A little bit ludicrous but that’s how we like it!! I can’t tell y’all the details of the room because that wouldn’t be fair if anyone who reads this decides to go and has a leg up. But basically, we didn’t find our first clue till we were 20 minutes in. We were flipping through pages of books, writing down every single number we saw, and trying to make sense of all of these nonsensical phrases scrawled throughout the room. Two out of the five major clues were solved by pure luck. It was hectic, let me tell you. We were running around trying to open the final door and we could feel the pressure rising as our walkie talkie announced “ten minutes left”. But somehow we did it. We opened the door, ran up the stairs, and the sight of Sinna (our mentor) almost brought tears to my eyes. We had escaped the Panic Room, in record time. (6 minutes left I believe). Emotions of happiness and relief flooded over us, and this new energy had filled the room. We were the flippin’ champions of Austin Panic Room like YES!?
We honestly didn’t think it could get any better than that but it seriously did. The whole rest of the night was unreal. We had dinner at this amazing restaurant, and the Omni Hotel was such a sick venue. Like props to our KD event planning committee because they hooked it UP!! The band was amazing, like they could play at my wedding if I got married tomorrow. And we had a blast tearing up the dance floor, eating WAY too many cake balls, and taking obnoxiously funny gifs with the photo booth set up. Formal was honestly so much better than I expected. I’m just so proud of my sisters, and the dates they chose. It just goes to show how well we were able to work as a team. It was a fantastic experience and I would do it again, hands down. Until 2017, formal.
PC 15 Evana will be a sophomore this fall and is from the Dallas area. She loves @marniethedog ALMOST as much as we love her!!! (It’s a close call though)