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Caden is our newest staff member, and he didn't even know he was auditioning for a job when he and his family were one of the early groups in our Jailbreak! room. He had some excellent suggestions - such as NOT actually handcuffing everyone in the group together, and removing the whole prison shower segment - that he was offered a job on the spot.  

Julie has become an invaluable Escape Corvallis asset, as she loves all things social media, and has gotten Mike to do some amazingly silly things with the promise of "It will make a great TikTok!" A bonus is that she has a passion for working with animals, so we're considering adding a petting zoo that will be available to groups that escape their room. It will only consist of goats and capybaras though, as they help Julie run rooms.

Karli is the younger sister of Karma, as Mike is now contractually obligated to employ the entire family in one form or another. Karli is giving Karma a run for being the nicest person in Corvallis, but there was that one time in 2013 when she forgot to say "thank you" to someone at Safeway, so she has a lot of catching up to do! We look forward to having her around for many years - or until she joins a traveling circus. 

Karma was with us for a couple years, then foolishly decided to join a traveling circus as a fire-eater. When that didn't work out the way she'd hoped, she came PLEADING to me, "Please let me work at Escape Corvallis again! I don't know what I was thinking! And I'm tired of burping flames!" Not only did we graciously take her back, we made her the manager because Mike can barely keep track of what day of the week it is. So when you email us with those fantastic and challenging questions and requests, it will almost certainly be Karma who replies from here on out. Which means the responses should hopefully make sense...

Anna has been the behind-the-scenes driving force behind EC for a few years. She is the muse behind such great puzzles as the one with the hidden thing that opens up that other thing, as well as that weird set of symbols that somehow gave the answer to that weird number lock. You remember...? That thing that Becky eventually figured out and we were all like, "Ohmigawd, Becky, how did you come up with that?" And she agreed to become the wife of Mike, so that shows you her judgment right there...

Mike got into the escape room business after trying numerous other failed businesses, such as professional plate spinner; tarantula breeder; and snickerdoodle quality control. As Mike says, "something about locking people in a room and taking their money just *really* appealed to me." Taking pride in designing all his own props and puzzles, he has come to realize that maybe this is why he has so few friends. He hopes to be creating fun, challenging rooms for years to come. Unless Anna kills him first.

Rockyis the official dog mascot of Escape Corvallis, and was the driver behind the new Adopt-a-Dog or Cat-Program with Heartland Humane. He woke up one day, did his brief yoga (downward dog, of course), then said to me, "Hey Mike, sure, you adopted me from a shelter, and like 10 other dogs and cats over the years, but what have you done for shelter animals lately?" And I said, "How is it you're speaking so articulately when just yesterday you were eating squirrel poop? But you do make a good point. Either that, or I really need to stop doing gummies at breakfast."