Johni (you might remember that I call her “the incomparable Mah Jongg teacher, Johni Levene” – and she is!) and her husband David were still visiting NYC and so we made plans to get together again for an early breakfast on Wednesday morning. As an added bonus, Curt – a serious Mah Jongg collector and player who lives in Pennsylvania – happened to be coming to the city that day to see a Broadway show. So, we arranged to all meet at the 108 year old restaurant, Barney Greengrass, a NYC institution on the Upper West Side. After about three hours the waiter actually asked us if we wanted to take out a lease on our table! Honestly, if we all didn’t have other places to go, we would still be there at the table, talking and laughing away!Curt, moi, David, and Johni!!!
Every three or four months our Mahj group – made up of six very good friends (alternatively known as “The OMs” for original Mahjettes…or “Mahj Chicks” by Jim) – take off for parts unknown. Well, not really unknown…we have gone to S’s home in Sag Harbor, K’s home in Buck Hill, a home in Old Chatham and most recently, a home belonging to X’s relative in upstate New York.We spend three days and two nights really never leaving the host’s home, just playing Mahj from early, early morning to late, late night and cooking up a storm.
We arrive! All the OM’s but me – I’m taking the picture! Continue reading