Teen Reviews for Our Scavenger Hunt Games

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Susan, what a GREAT experience. I have long been a fan of scavenger hunts (since my teenager years) but haven't done one in so long. Our son's 16th birthday was on New Year's Eve and he wanted a party. These days it is so hard to entertain teenagers -- and to keep them out of trouble at the same time. Also, with so much hoopla around birthday parties it's hard to come up with something original that doesn't involve hiring someone or renting out a party facility. Your product saved my life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had planned to do a scavenger hunt but waited until 3 days before his party to pull it all together. So just 48 hours before 16 sixteen year olds were to show up at my house, I was in a panic. Until, of course, I found you on the Internet. Your Our Town hunt was perfect. It was easy to modify, thorough in every aspect, and was the only reason our son's 16th birthday party was a success. The kids loved it -- and declared that we should have an annual scavenger hunt for Mack's birthday. Thank you so much == and kudos to you for offering such a creative service, a quality product, and great service. Best wishes in your business. I'm spreading the word all over Atlanta! And I'll stand by my word: I got more than my money's worth! Karen Sherman, Atlanta, GA.

I just returned from a camping trip with one night being with 20,13 year olds who participated in the When Nature Calls scavenger hunt. What a blast! I was blown away with their creativity. The kids all had a good time, and it sucked up 2.5 hours of time. I just wish that more parents could have seen what the kids could come up with. I will definitely recommend your website to anyone who's throwing a party. Regards, Cynthia Koftinoff, Castlegar BC

That is very kind of you to check in with me. Your Our Town hunt was a total hit! The girls thought this was the best part of the night! Thank you for putting together something that was so well thought out and good, clean fun for kids! I'm so appreciative of your creativity and ability to put together these activities. You have a great gift. Thanks again! Kari Tuttle

Feel free to print this on your website! I ordered your Las Vegas scavenger hunt to assist me with planning a birthday party for my 16 year old daughter. She desperately wanted to go to Vegas and I was at a loss on what to do for their entertainment since they could not get into clubs at their age. They had an absolute ball on the scavenger hunt. Thank you for your fun ideas! I could tell you were very up-to-date on the latest Vegas sites and it saved me so much time putting this all together! - Terry Aulds, Plano, TX

Susan, We used Operation Our Town for a 16th birthday party for my twin daughters. Everyone had a blast. It also taught many of them teamwork as well as how to think out of the box. Our pictures were hilarious and the commercial presentations brought all of the adults to tears. We had never laughed so hard! Thanks for all the fun ideas. The scavenger hunt was the big talk at the high school today. This birthday will definitely be a memorable one. Tammee Sallee, Morris, IL

I wanted to let you know that Operation: Recovery was the BEST birthday party for a 10 year old boy!  We set it up so great with "secret agents" at a local restaurant and in our downtown hardware store! The kids walked everywhere to get their stuff & we video taped the skits at the end...too funny! What a great time! Thanks again, Heather Hill, Vacaville, CA

we played the nature scavenger hunt game for my son's 13th birthday party with 10 kids this past weekend. We did it at a camp site and it was a humongous hit. All the strangers they enlisted to help were very eager and excited to help them out. So much so that it almost became competitive for them as well to cheer on "their" team. I love the picture challenge because now we have an even more interesting way of documenting everything the kids did. Great idea and I will certainly try it again in the future. It was easy to follow and easy to adapt to our "Canadian Provincial Park" as opposed to an American State Park. It was well worth the investment. Karen Liptrap, Oakville Ontario

The Operation City Slickers scavenger hunt was a hit. It helped the kids to develop relationships with each other and the new leaders. I have never seen so much creativity and ingenuity. It was amazing. Thank you so much for this product. Adrienne Dickey/Contractor & Regional Coordinator, National Guard Child and Youth Program, Alexandria, VA

Susan, thank you so much for all your help. I was feeling overwhelmed because I had never taken part in a scavenger hunt much less put one together. Once I received my order I knew I had nothing to fear. Everything was done for me! Right down to the name tags and award certificates. Just when I thought I had hit a snag, you included alternate challenges that worked better for us. Customizing the hunt to suit our situation, time constraints, and limited space was a snap. The hardest thing I had to do was make sure the location hints weren't too hard or too easy. I decided to include the Boy Scouts with the Cub Scouts so the ages of the boys ranged from 8-17 and there were also two parents that took part. It was great because the teenage boys, who would normally have been too cool to "play," had a great time being silly. They had as much fun if not more than the younger boys. I really made them ham it up when they were bribing me and the facilitators got some really funny pictures. I even got a parent to do a booty dance for me! The pictures were awesome! What a great idea to have them take their own remembrance pictures as part of the hunt! Everyone, including me and the other facilitators, had a blast! I will most definitely be revisiting your site in the near future as I've already had a couple of requests to do an outdoor scavenger hunt. I'd also like to try out a Murder Mystery some time as well. Again, thanks for all your help! Candice Robertson, Calhoun GA

I used the nature scavenger hunt for my daughter's 10th birthday party. It was great! I really enjoyed these documents. They are very detail oriented, easy to use and modify to your needs! Nancy Tretik, Orange Park, FL

The Our Town Hunt was an absolute hit from beginning to end! I used it for a 17th birthday party and it's something that none of the kids had ever done before. It's something I have never done before. We live in a small town in Australia where most parties are alcohol binges. These kids had such a great time, the towns people were supportive (I added in a few things) and we didn't have any trouble. They were all polite and sensible. As they were running around the two main streets of our town, they were all saying that this was the best time ever. We had a superhero/villain theme and they certainly were a site as they ran from one place to the other. We had two adults per team, and we were exhausted from running around. Thanks for the great game and thanks for the follow up! I will certainly be doing your Scavenger Hunts again! I'm looking forward to our next party!! Cheers, Ingrid Puxty, Mudgee, Australia

I am so glad that I found your scavenger hunt on the Internet! My friend and I had a combined birthday party for our boys and it turned out to be the "most fun party ever", as many of their friends said! Many parents commented on how much fun their child had and the boys have been getting texts saying the same. We had very enthusiastic parents volunteer to be drivers. There were 8 packed SUVs.... 55 kids in all for the hunt! We loved the kids' creativity! While the party continued at the lake, my husband uploaded all of the pictures from the scavenger hunt. The slide show was played at the end of the party....while parents were arriving to pick up their kids. They loved it! The time that you saved us in developing a scavenger hunt was wonderful! The instructions were very thorough, the hunt very organized, and the score sheet very helpful! Thank you so much for helping to make this party special for our boys! Sincerely, Camie Evans and Lori Ogle, Tyler, Texas

We had a blast! I never saw that many teen girls in the same place with no "drama". They all had a great time. My daughter's birthday party will be the talk of the school for the next month! Thank you for such an organized and well developed package. I gave your web site to two of the mothers. Thanks again, Kelly Stephenson, Sanford, NC

Whoooooo hooooo! That's organizer-speak for spending hours modifying challenges, shopping, putting together albums and collection bags and then having a 15-year old voluntarily tell you, "Thanks for doing the hunt, we had a lot of fun and we hope you do it again next year"! It would not have been possible without your kit. Every 4th of July we have a nonprofit "Croaker Festival". I organize the kid's portion of it. The hunt was a fun, challenging and educational event for these kids. I had 2 teams of 6 kids each. I also had 2 facilitators and 2 judges and they were much impressed. The facilitators had as much fun as the kids. This is an awfully long message, but I'm still glowing from the success of this. My husband's eyes glaze over when I talk to him about it but I figure you'll be a more appreciative audience. Michelle Noevere, Oriental, NC

Picture 15 fifteen year olds on the loose. It took them two hours to do the Operation Our Town scavenger hunt game and then they came back to the house and prepared a presentation.  I never laughed so hard. They actually got all the challenges, though some were creatively altered. I think the biggest thrill for one team was the welcoming they got at the car dealership-they took the top down on a 2004 corvette and sat in it while the dealers circled them. It was a great experience for all, and I thank you for all your input.  I would not have known where to start without your package. Thanks again. Kathy Boehmer, Etobicoke, Ontario

We used your Operation Time Flies scavenger hunt for my son's 13th birthday party and it was a huge hit! I love it! I particularly enjoyed having the word document so that I could adapt it to my specific needs. You have a great product! Stacey McKay, La Mesa CA

Dear Susan, On behalf of Pinewood School, the sophomore class, and all the chaperones who participated in the Operation Recovery Scavenger Hunt, I would like to thank you for making the day enjoyable and fun for all who were involved. The students were enthusiastic about the hunt and took away skills that can be applied to the classroom and their future. I observed students who might otherwise be quiet stepping into leadership positions. I watched teams who struggled with their missions in the beginning work together as a group to collect items and decipher clues. I saw community building, teamwork, and enthusiasm all around! These class trips are such opportunities for our students to be adventuresome, creative, and learn great life skills. I appreciate the time you and your facilitators put into making it such a productive and exciting day. It also serves as a great way for teachers and administrators to work with the students outside of the classroom; I know all chaperones had a wonderful time as well. Thank you again and we look forward to working with you in the future. Sincerely, Molly Shultz, Pinewood School High School Activities Director, Los Altos Hills, CA

We held the When Nature Calls scavenger hunt this past weekend with two teams of five 12 and 13-year olds. They had an absolute blast and the pictures they took were hilarious! They had their facilitators drive them to many more locations than we could have ever imagined (we had thought they would have stuck close to the park area... WRONG!!!). I've shown the resulting team albums to some friends and coworkers, and they were all thoroughly impressed and thought it was one of the coolest ideas they've even seen! Thanks for helping make our son's 13th birthday part so memorable! Tiffani Stewart, Madison, WI

My daughter did the Operation Our Town scavenger hunt for her 12th B-day and the kids had a blast. I customized it to better suit their age group and our community so thank you so much for providing an editable document! I added a section for a "treasurer" and provided them with $10.00 and a list of items to purchase (i.e.. a drink along the way, a bag of chips an so on). They had to bring back the receipts and correct change as part of the challenge. For the pictures we used digital camera's and limited the number of shots for each challenge to two attempts as I didn't want to have to sift through a 100 pictures. I printed the pictures when the returned back home. Thanks for following up.... I would truly recommend this. Pam Andress, London Ontario

We had the Operation When Nature Calls hunt this weekend at our boy scout camp out. The age range was 6-10 year old boys, who can be difficult (at best!) to keep entertained. I modified it like crazy - I made is considerably shorter as we only had an hour for the entire thing and it was sandwiched between a bunch of other activities. At the start, people weren't into it as they were a little burned out by the other activities, but it was the perfect energizer. People had a blast! Several people told me it was the funniest activity that weekend. I really only used your hunt as a template but it was incredibly helpful. Kana Brinckerhoff, Maplewood, NJ

Our Middle School Youth Group had a blast with your Operation City Slickers scavenger hunt. And you saved me a ton of time! I've been in youth ministry forever and have done a lot of different scavenger hunts. What I liked about yours was the combination of things you put together. I adjusted a few things for their age, but mostly I used it exactly as you had it. Thanks for great service and a great product! Jana Thompson, Youth Ministries Coordinator, First United Methodist Church, Van Wert, OH

The Our Town scavenger hunt was a complete success. The kids really enjoyed it, and I was very impressed with how organized your downloaded kit was. If I'd given myself and extra day, I would have done some very cute things with it. As it worked out, I downloaded, adapted and started the hunt all within about 6 hours! We're making a little photo album for each of the participants, as a party favor. Thanks for checking back, too. Very good service. Linda Stich, Alamo, CA

The scavenger hunt was a huge hit. I decided that morning to do this for a family get together that night. It was great! I edited for time constraints and I didn't want to do to much shopping since the party was that day. It was a great game for teams with adults and kids. Everyone loved it and can't wait for the next one. Thank you! Darcy Cunningham, Tall Timbers, MD

We had the scavenger hunt party for 14 to 15 year olds. They had so much fun and said it was one of the best parties they had been to! Your nature scavenger hunt was great and easy to use. Thank you for such a wonderful product. I will be checking your site out for my next party and will recommend it everyone I know. Patti Turner, Lakeside CA

Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt was a last minute decision made to occupy a bunch of teens at our Halloween party, and your instructions were unbelievably helpful! I couldn't believe it was so quick and easy to get all the info we needed. We will definitely recommend your site and may try a murder mystery one of these days. Pamela Fitzpatrick, Sayville, NY

We had such a blast with your Operation Our Town Scavenger Hunt the kids want to do it again and when the adults at church heard about it they want to do one. You will be hearing from me again very soon. NICE IDEA > Our pantry at church is overflowing with all the food the kids collected (as part of the collections, the kids collected food for their church). Thank you again for helping make it an event to remember. Marsha Morakis, Boynton Beach, FL

It went great! We did one of your scavenger hunts last year for my daughter's party, and we did City Slickers this year with my son's 13th birthday. You do a wonderful job making everything so easy! Thanks for a wonderful party. I will recommend your website to anyone. I am a teacher, and am in contact with lots of people, so you might get more business from me!

Thank you for such a wonderful product. Our youth group really enjoyed the scavenger hunt. We added a few ideas of our own but we never would have put it all together without your help. Thank you. Karin Braun, United in Christ parish youth, Fertile, MN

Teen Reviews for Our Murder Mystery Games

Mystery Game Photo of VictimI just came back from one of the most enjoyably gratifying events of my life. Granted, I've only been alive for 16 years, but this is definitely one I will remember. At my high school, I am the Treasurer of our Thespian Society Chapter. We were very low in club funds so we decided to put on a Murder Mystery Dinner to raise money. I was the director and organizer of the event, and the materials that came with the "Final Cut" mystery game were such a big help. The student actors thoroughly enjoyed breaking from the standard "stage performance" and exploring interactive and improvisational theater. We had a caterer, raffles, place cards, sternos, everything to make the dinner legitimate and, in a way, classy. The audience absolutely loved the performance. EVERYONE in the high school cafeteria enjoyed themselves tremendously, and we were able to raise over $500. Great idea > Also, I had made a copies of every document that would have wound up on the evidence table and put each set in a manila envelope, labeled "CONFIDENTIAL" (like Clue!). Before the cast left the room for the audience to fill out their evidence records, they passed these envelopes on to each table. This worked out very well for us, and may a useful tip for future Dinner Organizers, as opposed to everyone crowding around the one evidence table. Thank you so much for the basis for an amazing evening. We hope to make this an annual event, and we will of course use you next time =) Sincerely, Maria Knieste and the Hills West Thespian Society, Dix Hill, NY

Hey there! This is Sarah Dalbey, the choral director from McMinn County High School in Athens, TN, and we just finished our second and last night of the murder mystery dinner theater using "Mafia Murders." We had about 90 people each night, and for a rural community, that's pretty amazing. I was surprised to see how many guests dressed up as well. It was an awesome night for everyone involved, so I thought I'd pass the word along. My students loved dressing up and putting it on, which probably makes it the funniest test grade they've ever had ;). Anyway, just wanted to drop you a note to let you know they loved it - they're saying it's the most fun they've ever had! I look forward to doing this again next year! -Sarah

I'm a high school theatre teacher and my students and I just finally finished reading through Next of Kin today! We've been looking for something to do for our fall show and your script is the first one we've read that we all liked and felt like it would be something fun to present. We've been through probably five or six melodramas this week alone. I just happened to stumble on your web site one evening as my search was reaching the frustration level. These are advance theatre students and I wanted a show that would encourage some improv, and boy your script does that! We especially love Ashley's poem "Ode to Big Daddy." I've never laughed so hard as watching one of my boys act out that poem while one of my girls did a reeeeeaaaalllllly bad interpretative dance to the recitation! The stage directions and additional information makes doing this show, well, really DOable! One of the show stealers I'm quite certain will be when Savannah comes in wearing a pair of big daddy's boxers! The characters are so fresh and so much in need of all being put into a sanitarium.... for a long long time! Thanks for checking up on us, too... I may just have to pick another show for next fall, too! I think this could be addictive. Jacquie Pritchard, Wallis, TX

Hollywood mystery game photoThis past weekend my daughter and 7 friends performed 'Murder on Maui' for her 15th birthday! What a blast they had. They are already talking about what murder mystery she will pick for next year!! We opted for the narrator version and what a difference it made to the girls coming out of their shells and giving it their all. They loved it! Not having to memorize any lines took all the fear away of forgetting something and they were able to totally relax and just have fun. Thank you! My younger daughter is celebrating her 14th birthday in a month or so and wants to find a murder mystery for her and her friends. I think we have started a trend. Thank you again and I am sure we will be back in the very near future to buy script number 2! Debbi Leusink, Airdrie, Alberta

We just did The Mafia Murders, and it was wonderful. I think it's the best $25.00 our club has ever spent! I sponsor a group of teenagers who performed the script on their own. Thanks for an excellent product. mystery game ideaGreat idea: I xeroxed the packet (nicknames, 20s history, costume illustrations). Then, I modified the invitation a little. I printed the invitation in color and the packet in white. Next, I rolled it up together diploma style and taped it. I got some cheap roses (for girls) and carnations (for boys). I put them inside the diploma style invitation/packet, so it almost looked like there was a paper vase around each flower. I then had these delivered to the participants' homerooms the day before the dinner. I mentioned that they could bring the flower or wear it, and that it was a sign that they were an honored guest of the Don. This added a bit of anticipation. I went by the name "Mama", saying that I was like a "mother to Waldo and Donato and that really everyone saw me as their Mama." I chatted with the guests, doing my best to reinforce what was going on in the play as it went along. The guests really ate this up. Thanks again for a great product. I've already passed your name/website along to others. Your product is excellent and deserves as much business as possible. Ayn Nys, Houston, TX

I just wanted to let you know what a HUGE success my daughters Next of Kin mystery party was. We had all girls, my daughter played Big Daddy and Ashley - we had a blast! Our family had done Murder Mystery parties in the past, but this was the first for all of my daughters friends. Thanks so much for having a good product that I could manipulate and use for 14 year olds. Sincerely, Chris Callahan, Frisco, TX

Once I got the kids on stage, the script was really easy to follow. They absolutely love it! And rehearsal is fun because it's such a fun script. I've already heard comments such as "I hope we do this every year!" These kids are having a ball, and I am too!! Thanks for the follow up. Corrie Napier, Northridge High School, Greeley, CO

Our youth group held a dinner theater using "It's a Killer Life." It was a big success! I am getting ready to place another order to do another mystery dinner theater game." Cindy Manning, Grifton, NC

Our swim team performed "The Demise of the Downhome Dealers" as a team fundraiser. Yours was the first Murder Mystery any of us had tried, so we were very inexperienced. Everyone insists that is the most fun they have ever had! Our first, but definitely not our last, mystery dinner party, was a huge success. We even had many people ask on their way out, if we were going to do another performance the next night. For anyone out there worried about content or "age" appropriate material, please know that the scripts are very easy to edit for anyone's situation. Thanks for giving us this opportunity. Wendi Sink, Henry County Hurricanes, Bassett, VA

I REALLY love what you've put together here! This looks like great fun, and I am excited about performing it. As a teacher, I recognize all the planning that went in on your end to make it easier on this end...and I TRULY appreciate it. You've got an awesome product that makes it very easy for anyone from a beginner to a drama teacher to stage a great production. Sincerely, Corrie Ballard, Mount Dora, FL

Murder Mystery Game Catfight PhotoMy daughter had her party for a bunch of 17-19 years olds. They did the play Next of Kin and it worked out great even though they had very little preparation. The foaming alka selzer (a poison trick) was a big hit. The "cat fight" between Philly and Savannah (2 characters in the mystery) went over VERY WELL and the recitation of the poem with the interpretive dancing was hysterical. Thanks for your help. We are so glad that we chose Next of Kin for her 17th birthday party. Sincerely, Debi Frantz, Oviedo FL

The Murder in Maui mystery game was so much fun! My 15 year old daughter was having a luau themed birthday party with about 15 guests. I tried to be very hands-off (she's the independent type :)) and she handled the whole thing with ease. I was able to simply obtain any necessary items for her, but she took care of printing the scripts and getting them to the suspects ahead of time and she played the narrator in the version where no one knows, but her, who did it. The girls were really into it, even the ones that had to play male characters (complete with fake beard!) Bottom line is...they were able to understand and play the characters, they ran the entire mystery by themselves, and they had a really great time! Thank you for asking. Barbara from Bakersfield, CA

Well, we finally performed "Next of Kin" for a group of approximately 40 youth that were 16 & 17 years old. We had the male leaders of our church organization perform the duties of "butlers" as they served the food. When "Big Daddy" died it was hard to find anyone willing to remove the body. By the time Ashley was murdered, there was more than enough volunteers. One such volunteer provided CPR.  It was such a surprise and shocking to "Ashley" since he wasn't really prepared for such audience participation that one of the guests made the comment that he had never seen a "happier dead person."   All in all, we consider it a very successful evening.   We talked so much about the success of the evening that we have now been requested to put together a mystery theatre for a family reunion in August.   Again, thanks for a great evening! Karen Hunter,

Just wanted to let you know we had our murder mystery dinner (Murder at the Midnight Hour) and it went GREAT!!! The kids were phenomenal! We weren't able to get together as a complete group until noon the day of the dinner and after running through the script I wondered how in the world it would all come together, but it did! The kids had fun performing and the guests really enjoyed it. I plan to share our experience with other church youth groups. It was a refreshing change from doing the standard dinner. PS: Thanks for your ideas in altering the script, it worked out fine. Judy Flier, Wyoming, MI

The mystery was a big hit with the kids even though we didn't do a great job following the script. No one seemed to notice our mistakes and they all talked about in school on Monday. The parents kept asking how I came up with such a creative idea...I told them to get on your website. Thanks for your help creating a unique birthday to remember!! Kelly Briers, Huntington, WV

The Next of Kin murder mystery was simply wonderful!!!! It was used for my daughter Lauren's Sweet 16 birthday party. She invited 18 of her friends. Good idea to try if you don't want the prime suspects to know whodunit > We both agreed that we didn't want the kids to know the end before they got started. So Lauren distributed Script Part A on Friday morning. The kids were given instructions to read and walk in the door as their character. They were told that they would get the next section Saturday night. Part B was given to them after Ashley's poem and Melanie's dance. Part C was given after the murder. The kids came dressed in1970's clothing (oh... so long ago). The kids memorized their parts and they were well prepared for the event. Even the kids who were minor suspects were prepared to embellish their characters. They also got into the Gone with the Wind characters. The kids and adults had a grand time. The idea was unusual and they thoroughly enjoyed participating. On the following Monday, teachers told me that the kids talked about it and several of the kids gave me hugs as I walked through the hallway. I know I've gotten long winded. but I wanted to share the event with you. Thank you so much! Lezlie Thompson

Just to let you know, that I bought the package for the Mafia Murders right at the last minute with only a week to prep a murder mystery for a youth camp event - but the result was brilliant! Everyone had loads of fun and just the right number of people worked it all out - a great success, and my cast were fantastic too. Thank you for such a good resource, it was very easy to use. Best wishes, Helen Baker, London, England.

Mafia murder mystery game photoThe Mafia Murders was actually the second murder mystery I purchased. The first was from another company and it was a mobster's daughters wedding storyline for approx $58. I am a PTO board member for a Performing Arts Academy High School in NJ. We opted for the murder mystery because it can showcase the talent of our kids which always brings the parents out, as well as raise funds with a minimal amount of time required by the very dedicated but busy board members. The first mystery (the one from the other company) was a disappointment because it had very little guidance for a novice (which we are). Yours was a completely different story (pardon the pun) ! It will guide us through each and every step including the timing of dinner. Thanks so much for making it that easy! With our kids who are used to improv and quick study scripts it should be a success. Debi Bilotta, Toms River, NJ

Hi Susan --Just wanted you to know that our murder mystery production went quite well. The kids (our cast) surprised me with their abilities. They had a lot of fun with it and were successful in getting the audience involved. One adult leader told me it was "the most fun activity I've been to."  So, thank you for your help!  Tina Young, Helotes, TX

LOL. This game was hilarious. A couple of friends and I (our average age about 14) tried to do the Final Cut Murder Mystery. The weather was awful on our vacation in Hawaii so we decided to do this. Little did we know it was supposed to take about a bit of time to set up. We did the whole thing in about two hours. Hilarious. A bunch of inept kids trying to do this. We decided to just make a dramatic movie out of it and read through the script. We did use some props, but it was just fun. We had a great, hectic, unplanned, fun time! Thank you! Wyatt Robertson, Newport Beach CA

Wow. What Happened to Sam Disney? was awesome. Thanks for being a genius and making it where I didn't have to come up with all this! We had 29 young people ages 12-17 participating. It was my daughters 14th birthday. It was her idea to do this. They all dressed up 1920s and we had a Model A Ford to take their picture in front of. Hilarious and very very fun. Thanks again. Worth every penny. Tim McCool, Attorney at Law, Gordo, AL