There is no better way to celebrate a birthday than with a little bit of friendly competition. Over the past two weeks we, the interns, have created and filmed “FLIRT’s 9 Challenges.” FLIRTie’s had to compete head-to-head in highly competitive office challenges. There were clear winners and losers and unfortunately not everyone was able to walk away with their head held high. This video not only contains moments of fame and glory, but instances of heartbreak and betrayal. Listed below is an in depth description of the challenges as well as the outcomes:
Trash Can Basketball is not only a good way to kill time in the office, it’s a great way to go head-to-head with the person in the cubicle next to you. Pete Burns and Jamie Proctor faced off in what seemed to be a very balanced match up. The outcome was very different than expected. Jamie not only won, she blew Pete out of the water. Maybe next time Pete.
This challenge requires ultimate focus and an extreme attention to detail. The challengers, Lynda Franco and Fran Marciano, had to enter the open space for 30 seconds and observe every little detail about the room. Once they left we quickly altered the room in 3 different ways and had them re-enter. They each had 30 seconds to discover the three changes. You would think Lynda, being the office manager, would walk away with an easy victory, but unfortunately for her things didn’t go as planned. Lynda ultimately lost, going 1 for 3. Fran never looked back and went 3 for 3, with time left on the clock.
The Office Organization Challenge was one for the books. The two lucky contestants, Brianna Kozlarek and Andy Flanagan, had 30 seconds to place all the miscellaneous items within the bowl into their appropriate location in the kitchen. What should have been a friendly competition between two coworkers quickly turned into a battle full of lies and deception. At first glance it looked like Brianna took home the victory with only 2 items left in the bowl, opposed to Andy’s 3. We later found that she had put the mustard in the incorrect spot. A tie? I think not… We did some further digging and discovered that Andy had also attempted to trick us and put the rubber glove in the wrong place as well, thus forfeiting the win.
The Pencil Flip seems simple, yet when put in action it is one of the harder challenges. All you need to do is bounce the pencil, using the eraser, into the bowl. Easy enough. Pete Burns and Francie Flanagan had the task of bouncing as many pencils in their specific bowl as possible within 30 seconds. It was close at the start, but Pete quickly found his technique and ran away with the W. A much needed win for Pete after his embarrassing loss to Jamie in Trash Can Hoops.
The interns, Abbey Mazur and George Loftin, went head to head in the Package Retrieval Challenge. This was one of the more physical challenges and ended up being a nail biter. Simultaneously Abbey and George had to race to the loading dock to retrieve a package and race it back to the office. First person back wins, simple. Abbey strategically decided to take the elevator while George went for the stairs. They were practically tied running to the finish line, but Abbey took the situation into her own hands and pushed George to the floor to secure the win. Dirty play may have been the deciding factor, but a W is always a W.
Balancing 3 balloons at once without holding them at any point is extremely difficult. Kari McGlinnen and Norma Smith faced off and the results were not what we expected. Both challengers struggled immensely with the task, so much so that it was hard to even determine a winner. The challenge was exceptionally entertaining even despite the outcome being a tie.
The Phone Transfer Challenge was FLIRT’s attempt of recreating David versus Goliath. The challengers received a call from a random employee and was prompted to transfer the call to another employee as fast as possible. Whoever’s faster wins. George Loftin was put up against the Phone Transfer Goddess, Lynda Franco. It was a very accurate interpretation of David versus Goliath, but in this version Goliath crushed David in a matter of seconds. Lynda with the W.
If there is one thing to know about FLIRTies is that we drink a lot of coffee. Some might saw coffee is our forte. Our contestants, Brianna Kozlarek and Francie Flanagan, had 3 cups of different Starbucks Keurig coffee and they had to determine which coffee matched with the different K Cups. Going into the challenge Brianna was thought to be the underdog, but went 3-3 securing a win. Francie unfortunately lost going only 1-3.
Creating a FLIRTini is very delicate art. We placed all the alcohol and mixers we had in the office on the table and Norma Smith and Kari McGlinnen each had 30 seconds to pick out the 7 ingredients that make up a FLIRTini. Kari McGlinnen came very close only mixing up two of the ingredients. Norma on the other hand took a very different approach and picked only the alcoholic options. Kari might have won, but Norma is probably going to having so much more fun after these FLIRTinis.