When I first visited Raleigh, for Stick’s brother’s wedding, I found slow southern chattiness surprising, but I’m really enjoying it right now. I’m so proud of my Chinese skills but really I’ve just mastered the simplest essentials, I can’t really hold a conversation with anyone with Beijing. Fortunately, everyone in Raleigh wants to chat.
We spend my first day back in the US going to Waffle House, where we got a tasty Southern breakfast, and talked for a while with the waitress. I know Waffle House isn’t exactly a representative sample, but after a year of being a chubby foreigner, it’s strange to be the skinny girl.
New D&D rulebooks came out while we were in China, so of course we had to get those. We went to a new games store called The Game Connection near Stick’s parents’ house. It was definitely a family games store, the shoppers we saw were moms looking for birthday gifts, not goth boys buying Whitewolf. A lot of card games and miniatures, and the owner really seemed to enjoy explaining different games to the moms.
A good first day back.
Edit: I noticed it’s actually called The Game Connection, and not The Games Connection as I previously said.