The Oppo Hunt was an incredible experience that was a bright spot in an otherwise abysmal year.
I already did the official recap for points over on Instagram, but I’d like to share some of the best items/pictures I scored.
#teamaltoidsaddict came in 24th place with a final score of 2,238 points. That’s a bit more than half the points of the first place winner, Team Polar Express, but 500 points more than the median score of 1,500.
I led the hunt for about a week because I wanted to get lots of items crossed off before I left for college where I wouldn’t have access to a car. I did end up walking many many miles in Atlanta to find some hunt items, the furthest of which was easily the 5 mile round trip to Oakland Cemetery not including the time spent wandering around there.
This place is so breathtakingly beautiful I wrote up an article on it here on Oppo.
My favorite photo is easily this one of Ally the Altoids Tin posing in front of the supposedly haunted grave of Mary Meinert clutching her dead children.
Though the top shot of the Noguchi Playscape in Peidmond Park is an honorable mention. The brutalist mass of concrete struck me as exactly the kind of place I’d like to go to play as a kid.
And this photo of Ally staring up at one of the elevator banks of the Mariotte Marquis was a good Oppo Hunt Wildcard. The item was famous movie locations. This exact shot was used in The Hunger Games movies.
These nearly identical Porsche 944 convertibles were particularly good finds for the #glitchinthematrix hunt item.
I came to Automobile Atlanta hoping to find two identical Porsche 944s but I had to use them as the mid engined hunt item.
Always treat a canon like it is loaded. That applies to you, Ally.
A timely Shelby Cobra replica helped me out tremendously.
I never knew the world’s first painted Coca-Cola wall advertisement was in Cartersville, Georgia, but now I know. It makes sense given the state’s role as the birthplace of Coca-Cola (I recently visited the World of Coke in Atlanta; would recommend).
Also in Cartersville is the Creditor’s Monument, the world’s only monument to generous loans erected by a particularly grateful debtor.
I never realized the base of Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Torch Tower was so rundown, having only seen it from the interstate.
Easily my favorite car spot of the hunt, I wrote up this sneak Fiat hiding out in Midtown here on Oppo.
The Nueva 500 isn’t Midtown’s only old Fiat though. Ally the Altoids Tin didn’t like the look of The Autoeater, which has been chowing down on this poor Fiat Panda for years. She fears she might be too tasty to resist.
One spot on the hunt I enjoyed more than I thought was the Switchyards Subterranean Ping Pong Stadium. Sure, it was dusty and grimy from disuse but in better times I can see this being a ton of fun.
One of my more unexpected spots was this storefront once featured on a Paul McCartney album. The album’s photo was altered to include the words “Run Devil Run” after a product the store sold and the real sign was altered to include the phrase later. The basement was also used in the filming of The Ring. I remembered it from a movie location tour I’d taken years ago. Can confirm: the basement is exactly like something out of a horror movie.
One item I wish I could have found a category for was this derelict old Kodak sign that has been perched atop this abandoned building for two decades.
And finally, the one item that eluded me at every turn is the famous Krog Street Tunnel under the railroad tracks by Oakland Cemetery. My feet were so dead that I couldn’t bring myself to walk an extra mile for it. And I’ve come very close to going a few minutes out of my way multiple times to drive through it when I had a car even before the Oppo Hunt.
I’d like to thank Dusty for all the hard work that went into the hunt. This year would have been a whole lot more dreary without this whimsical and fun distraction. Plus, I had a good excuse to go out and discover new places and things I had no idea existed.