I left on August first and arrived on August first. Lucky me, I gained an extra 7 hours that day and I took full advantage of those 7 hours.
I landed around 3 pm, flew through the airport to immigration and baggage claim. That took ages to get through. Luckily I fancy myself a bit of a runner and my legs flew through the crowds before they really lined up. As it was, I waited 45 minutes to go through. I had to laugh, the officer didn't believe I was there for a puzzle party but took "convention" as a given. He also had a few questions about my frequent trips in to China and other Asian countries. Try explaining that away-3/4 of a passport filled with visas for heavy drug riddled countries. The officer even joked about it, but I'm so dull and boring that I went into a bit about being an academic and began to describe my work....He waved me through and off it was to meet my friend.
After a long 3 hour drive to Warwick, I checked into the B&B for the night and headed down to a local pub to meet up with a few friends. Jim and Susan Strayer, Brian and Sue Young, Otis Cheng, and Jeffrey Aurand were all there. How strange I don't have a photo of us. At one point, Brian was banished to a corner. He must have been Brian again.
Dinner of Fish and Chips and mint(!) mushy peas followed by a beer and a half and I was back to form. Sadly jet lag set in early and it was back to the B&B for a good nights sleep. The next morning I needed to rise early for MPP! And that post will be coming soon....