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RVChat - March 2011
by Lori Norris

It's March, is the snow is all gone? As I write this in the beginning of February, I haven't seen my yard in six weeks and it looks like I won't for a couple of more weeks – the Northeast is buried. Don't get me wrong, I like snow but once it has a thick coating of freezing rain I've had enough. It's tough when you have a Mensa games night planned and no where to put the cars. Ron is a teacher and, with so many snow days, his last day of school is scheduled for our 2nd day of vacation in the Pacific Northwest – who knows what will happen next weather-wise.

Have you made plans for MindGames® yet. Now is a great time to schedule a spring weekend in Albany, NY (hopefully without the snow or freezing rain). MindGames is a national event which game manufacturers enter their new board games to compete for the coveted Mensa Select® Seal. Typically five games are selected by the Mensa judges for this honor. And who are these Mensa judges? Me for one, my husband for another, and all other Mensans who attend and play their assigned games. Guests of Mensans are also welcome to attend and play the games. This is a game-intensive weekend of hard work and lots of fun. We attended one a few years ago and I am looking forward to the weekend of April 15-17. Hope to see you there.

Mensans and non-Mensans have inquired as to what we discuss at our events. So, for the past month or so I've made an effort to listen to as many conversations at Mensa events as possible (my ears hurt). In addition to discussing what is going on in our lives, Mensans have been discussing Mensa politics (that might be because I'm present and am running for national office), regular politics (but we remain friends anyway) and current events. We have discussed the weather extensively. Yes, there has been some talk of rocket science, physics, astronomy (and astrology) and almost every kind of science imaginable. We've talked about games, food, upcoming Mensa events, jobs and work, travel plans, hobbies, our bucket lists, real estate, fishing, gardening, snow, cars, computers, wii, phones, e-readers and all other kinds of technology. We're Mensans, so we talk about fixing things: computers, appliances, leaky roofs, the economy, the educational system, the justice system, media, etc. We have favorite TV shows (The Big Bang Theory) and movies (I finally saw Avatar) to discuss and laugh at other shows. And there is even talk of sports; I try not to listen then. Sometimes we exchange puns and jokes (family-friendly and off-color too, and math jokes that I usually don't get). We talk about health issues. And we're always ready to offer advice; sometimes we even wait until the advice is solicited.

Come on out and join us for some conversation. I've learned some things and, hopefully, shared some information with others. Our conversations happen wherever we happen to be: at dinner, house parties, breakfast gatherings, book clubs (where we almost always end up discussing a topic unrelated to the book being discussed).

Warning: March 31 is the end of the membership year. Don't forget to renew your membership. Save a tree (okay a very small tree) and renew online.

Lori

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