For the past few years there has been a puzzle exhibition with talks and play time held at a local high school right next to my university. This year was no exception. The puzzle party was held on the 2nd of May (see how late I am!)
It all started around 10 in the morning. I missed the talks, but ran over around lunch time and dropped off a few puzzles to put on display. I hung around and watched people play puzzles for the next 5 hours.
This week was a real treat for me. Not only was it a weekend of puzzling with my local puzzle friends, but others were coming into town too.
When I got to the venue, I made a beeline for my dear boy Otis who flew in from Beijing for the weekend and gave him the standard Rox greeting of a hug and kiss. Ricky was there, as well as Victor and Smaz. Victor brought me some brass copies of the cast quartet that were made by a man in China, and before you get your nickers in a twist, I bought two copies as is my brief and handed one off to Kyoo when I saw him a few days later.
There were stalls selling puzzles, and lots of tables set up both to display some of our collection and for people to play with.
At 5 I had to run off to the airport to pick up our favorite prototyper. After dropping his bags at his hotel, we ran to a puzzling dinner. Sadly he had jet lag, and the party ended for us around 9:30 so I could take him back to get some sleep and adjust to the time difference.
Earlier in the week, I saw a Facebook post from Tanya who was excited about her first trip into Hong Kong. Sadly she couldn't join us for the day or the dinner, but the following lunchtime, we all met up and had a nice little chat. It was too short as usual, but she had work to do, and Otis had to go pack. I'm not sure what the other one did, but I had a family thing that night and that was that.
The next day, I took George over to the Hanayama offices to visit with Kyoo for a while before I had to leave everyone for a conference in China. As always, it was great to see friends, but the time was too short. And, I looking forward to the next puzzle party in Finland....