I am sitting here beside my blogging buddy Alexandra Katherine Zavarise M.A. B.A. (Alex for short). We are bloggers blogging on blogs apparently, at least today we are, but also not getting very much done because we keep chatting. Me and Alex are friends because of Mancala Monk and that’s what we are talking about right now, the connections that we both have made because of things like university, work, and board games. How different our lives would be if it weren’t for this or for that.
An hour ago I sat down with my new friend Philip and we discussed life, religion, and board games. Philip and I met at Mancala Monk, that’s how we know each other, but he asked me if I wanted to sit down, have a coffee and chat. So we did and we learned all kinds of things about each other and learned from each other and had a great time.
I keep thinking, if I chat the day away I won’t be able to blog or get my blog done. God forbid! Then Alex says, why don’t you blog about this, what we are talking about. Cool beans, I say, I’ll blog about connections.
One of the reasons my wife and I opened Mancala Monk and one of the things that I love very much about it is that this place makes connections. We connect players to DMs and DMs to players, newbie Magic Gatherers learn while playing beside veteran Magic Gatherers, random gamer rubs shoulders with random gamer and becomes friend gamer. We are a growing community. What a fantastic place to meet new people and make new friends. This is a safe and welcoming place, Board Games are a safe and welcoming place, and we are happy to meet you and share a passion for gaming and life together.
I have made a ton of friends since we opened less than two years ago. I know so many more people in my city now and I feel much more connected to it. Steven and William, who you probably know, both work at the Monk and both moved to Hamilton from different cities before they started work here. Now they know too many people. It’s awesome. They both DM weekly games here and have met a ton of friends through D&D but also just through a million small interactions at the Monk.
Alex is friends with Miranda. Miranda works with Allan. We love Allan and Miranda and Alex and they have become fast friends with Steven. Steven lives with Megan and Megan is pursuing a Ph.D. at McMaster. Alex just finished her M.A. at McMaster. Alex and Megan had offices at Mac on the same floor, four doors down from each other for over a year but didn’t meet and become friends until they met at Mancala Monk.
Connections are the stuff of life. Our connections are our lives, good or bad. We hope we can help you make and maintain good connections, the ones that enrich and encourage you. We are strong believers that a warm space, a warm latte, a warm brownie and a warm Board Game are a great way to create warm connections – okay, that was me being weird because it’s fun, but that’s what I do and I hope it makes you smile. Hope to see you around.