Hi all, Mike writing here. (I think Tom will be adding some stuff soon. And I think this is set so the post’s author is visible at the bottom. So I’m not sure why I feel the need to announce that it’s “Mike writing here”. Such is life.) Yesterday I finally made it down to Burial Grounds Coffee in Olympia, and had two games with Paul. I also saw Steve (who has played with us in Tacoma frequently) and Charles.
I’m really glad I went. I plan to get down there again — maybe once a month or so. Maybe some of us from SSGC can carpool.
Burial Grounds matches my idea of a Bohemian coffee shop pretty well. When I got there, maybe half the tables were occupied with folks reading or working on laptops. The decor was eclectic and made me feel at home. (It might be worth noting that before I settled in Tacoma, “home” for me was the West Side of Chicago.) The music was interesting but not overpowering.
I was a little early, so I ordered some coffee, then got out a board and started playing back my favorite Shuwa-Shusaku game. A few minutes later, Paul came in and introduced himself. We chatted about the U.S. Go Congress and travels to distant lands while we played two games. He’s several stones stronger than I am, and he graciously reviewed our games with me after they ended.
Somewhere in there, Steve and Charles arrived. I headed north before they finished their game, so all I can say about it is that it looked very complicated, as good games often do.
Now that I’m posting about this on the Club blog, I’m kicking myself because I didn’t think to snap a couple of pictures. Oh well; next time!