I thought weekends were about R & R. Not THIS weekend apparently! Here's how it went;
Saturday morning was the 4th annual OkC Mah Jongg Tournament. Mah Jongg is a game of skill & luck originally from China & imported to the US in the early part of the last century. You can read about it here; http://www.nationalmahjonggleague.org/ I've been playing with a group here for a little over ten years now. This was my year to host the tournament along with my co-host Trent. Up to Saturday that just meant securing the space, purchasing prizes & sending some emails. Trent is "techie" so he took care of graphic design & talking me down off the roof when I would get panicked about the details :). Our players provided an amazing pot-luck lunch. We held the event @ the IAO Gallery http://iaogallery.org/wordpress/
So, early Saturday Trent, Rod (the original organizer of the event & local Mah Jong GURU!!!) & I arrived at 8:30 to set up. At 10:00 our players began trickling in for check in & to bring their yummy dishes. Most of the entrants came out of two of the groups I play in on Mondays. A few I had only communicated with via email or phone so it was nice to have a face to go with a name. Ernesto was on hand to substitute in the event we needed an extra player. You should have seen the look on his face when he was told he wasn't playing. It was the same look I've seen when he gets hooked on a slot machine in Vegas!
Play began at 10:30 and there were two rounds then we broke for lunch. After lunch, one more round then it was time for the awards; beautiful hand made glass plates designed by Tracey Bewley, a local artist. http://www.artfusionstudio.com/ So a big shout out to our winners (for those who value their privacy I use first names only) Norma from Edmond took first place, our own Marcy (who is coincidentally remodeling her kitchen so won't that plate look nice in her new space?) won second & Norma's daughter Debbie got third. An honorable mention goes out to Bryan who actually tied for third & the winner was decided by a roll of the dice. Laura got the coveted "golf award" for the lowest score & won a handy new Mah Jongg bag in which to store her winnings.
It was a fun day & we walked out the door about 4:30.