Sunday, October 7, 2012
Friends and puzzles
One of the highlights of my year is the GZ meet in October. It usually happens over one of the weekends of the national day holiday. Mainly I guess because everyone can get there and we have time to spend together. This year there is no GZ meet. Instead, friends have come to HK for the Asian championships. Now I'm not a competitor or a speed cyber at all. But if my friends are there I'll go.
I've been busy working but last Sunday I managed lunch with Otis. Always a pleasure. Yesterday after work I ran to the venue and met Michael, Otis, DaYan, and a lad from Shenzhen whose name escapes me. We all had a nice hot pot dinner and some great puzzle and non puzzle chat. During dinner some great (non puzzle) news was delivered and I discovered DaYan and family were off to Disney on Saturday so I was volunteered to be the tour guide. We rode a few rides (Da Yan Managed to solve a puzzle while riding on Autopia!) and then headed for lunch at the Hollywood Hotel. I was disappointed because there were no characters there. But the food was good and the kids played a bit in the game room. Then it was back to the park for a few more hours of play. Four rides and DaYan and his family went off to play some more. Bug and Miss N. went their separate way and I headed off to the competition to meet Uwe.
Now I'm going to be honest here and say that I find competitions incredibly boring. I enjoy the company and the cubers though so I go along. And even thought I say that, I found this year to be quite interesting as I met a bunch of people from different countries along the way. I walked around, snapped a few photos, chatted with Jing and Ulrich for a while and then we went to dinner. I guess they were so far behind schedule that our disappearing for an hour or two didn't much matter. We returned to the venue around 8:30 and waited some more....this is the way of competitions, lots and lots of waiting.
Uwe did a little thing with his ball cubes and the treasure chests. The players were happy, they got free cubes.
Which brings me to question, what about the helpers. I know they get the t-shirt and a pin, but does anyone ever think to give them cubes? ha! I just did! Lucky draw I guess. This could be interesting. :) I'm feeling devilish!
Today is the finals and the presenting of awards and such. The end of the competition and the end of the exhibition. Time to bring my toys back home where they belong. It was great to see others enjoy them, but it will be nice to see them back on their shelves.
Ok, me? I'm off to go pick up a few toys for Otis and then head over to bore myself to tears yet again.....