So anyway, she found the Hunt quite interesting, and I encouraged her to try out next year's. She thought perhaps she'd have to be on a team with people she knew. Not my thing, I said, but ... well, I can vouch for 530nm330hz, the only competitor I know personally, if she wants an introduction or something. She finally said that she'll do it ... if I will.
I'm already registered for Arisia '09; I'm no good at anything except the most straightforward puzzles. What are the odds a team would want some dead weight? But I think ninjamonkey73 would actually be pretty good at this sort of thing, and I totally get not wanting to jump into something like this alone. So ... we'll see.
Addendum: This year had a team named "A Man, A Plan, A Canal - Suez". Another team was named "Donner, Party of 30". ("The team Donner, Party of 30 kept decreasing in number throughout the weekend. By Sunday evening, I think they were answering their phone, 'Donner, Party of 21.'" -- jedusor) I don't even know these people and I love them.