There was an after-party set, just as last year, hosted by the guy from last year, the one with the pole barn full of forty pinball machines. We were invited (as practically everybody was), and felt more comfortable taking the invitation now that we knew anybody by name. We did stop in a convenience store opposite the Kalamazoo Center to pick up something to bring. That shop was a tiny convenience store merged with someone's house and it proclaimed itself proudly an America-owned business. We're supposing there's a story of people arguing with the municipal government there, but we don't know the details.
I also missed a turn driving to the pole barn, so that took us through an unexpected neighborhood of Kalamazoo full of buildings that used to be other things. It also had one of those three- or four-storey office buildings that somehow still had a Christmas tree in the window. I have no explanation for this phenomenon.
Still, we got to the pole barn --- the last turn came up on us by surprise, since the driveway to that was a good hundred feet or so before the house's satellite-navigator location --- and parked next to MWS, who honked at us for some reason. I'm still not sure why. I think he may have just been being silly. We were among the first couple people there, always a dangerous state, although it let us set the things we'd brought on the buffet table without being ostentatious about it. It also let us say our hellos to the host without drawing him away from other people.
Everyone knew that bunny_hugger would beeline right for the host's FunHouse and she foiled all expectations by snacking a bit and then going to Meteor and some of the other classic electromechanical machines he has. She also took the chance to chat with MWS some, partly about how he did in the tournament, partly about how his Tri-Zone was. And we saw bits of curious TV shows on the flat-screen. One appeared to be Maleficent; the other, something that seems to be a modern CGI movie about a kid and his pet Loch Ness Monster. We're open to guesses what that movie might have been.
Trivia: British King George III's will (drawn in 1770) specified that if the Prince of Wales wished to buy Buckingham House from the Duke of Clarence, the Duke should sell it for £36,000. The Prince did use the house after his mother's death, but there is no record of the house being sold. Source: George III, Christopher Hibbert.
Currently Reading: Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, Cynthia Barnett.