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Plan ahead for Sunday: Bridge, Ping Pong, and Magic at Borsheims

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Sunday of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend is dedicated to shopping, brunching, and games! We have a few changes this year, so even if you’re a regular for what I think is the most relaxing, fun day of the weekend, read below if you want in on the action:

BRIDGE Bridge has moved this year to the area of Regency Court by the waterfalls. If you’re looking at Borsheims, take the long hallway to the left of the store’s entrance and you’ll see the bridge area. We have very limited viewing areas for bridge this year, so prepare yourself for a crowd and try to go with the flow.

If you want to play bridge, you are welcome to play but you must already know how to play the game. It helps if you have your own foursome put together, but if you’re solo or short a player or two, come to the sign-up table at bridge we’ll try to get a group together for you. Bridge usually begins at 1pm, but a few people have been known to start playing earlier. We will have the sign-up sheet ready at noon and if you definitely want a seat, that’s when you should arrive. The experts, Sharon Osberg and Bob Hamann usually arrive between noon and 1pm.
Ariel Hsing plays Warren Buffett and Bill Gates

TABLE TENNIS Mr. Buffett asked Ariel Hsing, Olympic Table Tennis star, back to Borsheims for another shareholders weekend! We expect her to start playing around 1pm. Shareholders can form a line to play her (usually to three points, which goes quickly!). We will provide paddles and balls, but if you are partial to your own paddle, you are welcome to bring it. Ms. Hsing usually stays for a few hours and rarely gets beat, but you’re welcome to try! In past years, Mr. Buffett and Bill Gates lead off the play with her.

MAGICIAN Norman Beck is an excellent magician and will do tricks in front of (and to) any shareholder near where he’s performing. He will be located near Williams Sonoma, so be camped out there if you’re hoping to catch his show.

Hope you can join us for the fun!

Sunday Funday at Borsheims

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Sunday is such a fun day at Borsheims. It’s really my favorite day of Berkshire shareholders weekend. It’s a little more relaxed than the rest, and we have all these fun games happening in Regency Court – right outside of Borsheims.

Back by popular demand… my helpful hints to playing the games today:

 

BRIDGE Bridge is again upstairs this year on the second floor of Regency Court. Anyone is welcome to play as long as they know how to play bridge. It helps if you already have your foursome put together, but if you’re solo come upstairs and sign up and we’ll try to get a group together for you. Bridge usually begins at 1pm, but a few people have been known to start playing earlier. We will have the sign-up sheet ready at noon and if you definitely want a seat, that’s when you should arrive. The experts, Sharon Osberg and Bob Hamann usually arrive between noon and 1pm. In his letter to shareholders, Warren Buffett says he will play them and hopes to “have Ajit and Charlie there also.”

Ariel Hsing plays Warren Buffett and Bill Gates

Olympian Ariel Hsing plays Warren Buffett and Bill Gates in Table Tennis at the 2012 Shareholders Meeting

TABLE TENNIS Mr. Buffett asked Ariel Hsing, Olympic Table Tennis star, back to Borsheims for another shareholders weekend! We are expecting her to start playing around 1pm. Shareholders can form a queue to try their table tennis skills against the young champ. We will provide paddles and balls, but if you are partial to your own paddle, you are welcome to bring it. Ms. Hsing usually stays for a few hours and rarely gets beat, but you’re welcome to try! We expect Mr. Buffett and Bill Gates to lead off the play with her.

MAGICIAN Norman Beck is an excellent magician and will do tricks in front of (and to) any shareholder near where he’s performing. He is usually located near Williams Sonoma, so be camped out there if you’re hoping to catch his show.

Hope you can join us for the fun!

Ready for Table Tennis at #BRK2016? Borsheims Champ is!

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Any Berkshire Hathaway shareholder who has been a part of Sunday’s festivities at Borsheims probably can tell you the name of an Olympic Table Tennis player.

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett concede their table tennis match to Olympian Ariel Hsing during the 2015 Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders weekend.

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett concede their table tennis match to Olympian Ariel Hsing during the 2015 Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders weekend.

Ariel Hsing has been attending the shareholders weekend for years as a special guest of Warren Buffett. She even spends a few hours on Sunday outside Borsheims playing table tennis against Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, and any other shareholder brave enough to take her on.

And she doesn’t lose.

But there are always several table tennis enthusiasts who try to beat her each year. This year, Borsheims held an in-house tournament to see if one of our own can defeat an Olympian at her own game.

Check out the winner’s slow-mo winning shot!

That ping pong pro is Borsheims Systems and Network Engineer, Tommy Luong. Here’s what he says about how he learned table tennis:

 

“The first time I picked up a paddle was around age 9 or 10. We lived in California at the time. My father had just laid down tons of concrete in our humongous backyard (Do-It-Yourself project that took forever). When we were finally done, although it looked nice, it felt like a big empty parking lot. So we christened all that flat concrete with a ping pong table. I learned how to play from my dad and practiced with my Uncles. Played a lot up until high school and then I stopped. Didn’t play again till a few years ago when I found out our church had a table. Now every time I pass by a pong table I feel the need to play it…can’t resist a good slam.”

Tommy’s pretty good – but he’ll need to practice quite a bit to beat Ariel Hsing! Look for the match-up Sunday, May 1, outside of Borsheims. Ariel will play Warren Buffett (and likely Bill Gates) first, around 1pm – and then take on any others who dare including Tommy. If you want to join the fun, just get in line Sunday afternoon. We provide the paddles, balls, and Olympian!

Photos of Berkshire Hathaway 50th Anniversary

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Whew! We made it!

Our fun-filled Berkshire Hathaway weekend has wrapped up and we’re in full Mother’s Day swing at Borsheims.

(Which seems like a great time to remind you that Mother’s Day is this Sunday and that your shareholder discount is good through Saturday at Borsheims and that we have a ton of great stuff for moms!)

Anyway, we’re enjoying reviewing the Berkshire Hathaway 50th Anniversary weekend through photos at our Flickr site.

You should take a look, too! See if you can spot yourself in some of the shots, and feel free to download the photos and use them for your own purposes. Here’s a slideshow of our shots from the big table tennis match-up between Warren Buffett and Bill Gates and Olympian Ariel Hsing.
Created with flickr slideshow.
 

Again, thanks for coming to Borsheims to celebrate 50 years of a profitable partnership! We start planning for next year today!

Thank You Mr. Buffett and Mr. Gates. Thank You Shareholders.

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

What an amazing day at Borsheims!

We had two legendary philanthropists, businessmen, and overall amazing humans visit us.Buffett and Gates play ping pong

 

They may not be the best table tennis players in the world (that title may rest with Olympian Ariel Hsing, who played Buffett and Gates and then Berkshire shareholders for nearly two hours Sunday afternoon), but Warren Buffett and Bill Gates were a delight to have at Borsheims once again.

Gates, Buffett, Hsing They played table tennis and then sat down for a few hands of bridge with bridge expert Sharon Osberg and several other shareholders.

buffett gates bridge

We feel so fortunate to be a part of the Berkshire Hathaway family every day of the year, but nothing reminds us more of our good fortune than the Sunday of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend.

Thanks to all our shareholders who travel from all over the world to visit with us, shop with us, and celebrate 50 years of Berkshire Hathaway with us.

Here’s to 50 more!

Playing the Sunday games at Borsheims

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

The shareholder brunch has kicked off and the games will begin soon.

Here’s how you can be a part of the fun at Borsheims today!

BRIDGE Bridge is again upstairs this year on the second floor of Regency Court. Anyone is welcome to play as long as they know how to play bridge. It helps if you already have your foursome put together, but if you’re solo come upstairs and sign up and we’ll try to get a group together for you. Bridge usually begins at 1pm, but a few people have been known to start playing earlier. We will have the sign-up sheet ready at noon and if you definitely want a seat, that’s when you should arrive. The experts, Sharon Osberg and Bob Hamann usually arrive between noon and 1pm. We do not know if Warren Buffett or Bill Gates will play bridge this year, but they usually sit down for several hands.

Ariel Hsing plays Warren Buffett and Bill Gates

Olympian Ariel Hsing plays Warren Buffett and Bill Gates in Table Tennis at the 2012 Shareholders Meeting

TABLE TENNIS Mr. Buffett asked Ariel Hsing, Olympic Table Tennis star, back to Borsheims for another shareholders weekend! We are expecting her to start playing around 1pm. Shareholders can form a queue to try their table tennis skills against the young champ. We will provide paddles and balls, but if you are partial to your own paddle, you are welcome to bring it. Ms. Hsing usually stays for a few hours and rarely gets beat, but you’re welcome to try! In his letter to shareholders, Mr. Buffett said he and Mr. Gates would play against her at 1pm.

MAGICIAN Norman Beck is an excellent magician and will do tricks in front of (and to) any shareholder near where he’s performing. He is usually located near Williams Sonoma, so be camped out there if you’re hoping to catch his show.

In addition to the games, we also have a well-known local performer singing in the tent. Check out Michael Lyon while you enjoy your brunch!

Sunday Funday at Borsheims!

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Good morning shareholders!

Are you exhausted yet from your weekend of Berkshire Hathaway fun?

I hope not, because we have one more day of craziness in store. Although it is, admittedly, less crazy than both Friday and Saturday.

In fact, Sunday might be our favorite day at Borsheims. It’s somewhat relaxed, very entertaining, and the big guy himself visits us!

Warren Buffett is scheduled to stop by around 1pm today to play table tennis against Ariel Hsing.

Ariel Hsing plays Warren Buffett and Bill Gates

Olympian Ariel Hsing plays Warren Buffett and Bill Gates in Table Tennis at the 2012 Shareholders Meeting

Usually Mr. Buffett brings his dear friend, Bill Gates. And a prop or two, because Ariel Hsing is an Olympic table tennis player.

Mr. Buffett then sometimes sits down for a few hands of bridge. With Mr. Gates as well.

Gates and Buffett play bridge

In the past years, Mr. Buffett has played salesman at Borsheims but he is now officially retired from that gig. He’ll be impossible to replace, but he certainly went out on top last year when he helped a young man propose to his girlfriend.

In addition to the Buffett-viewing, we have food and drinks (from 9am to 4pm) to nourish you, a magician to dazzle you and a performer in the tent to entertain you. Oh – and thousands of pieces of jewelry, watches and gifts to sell you!

See you soon!

Playing the Games at Borsheims During Berkshire Sunday

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

In addition to the delicious brunch, the amazing shopping and the fun reunions with other Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, one of the highlights at Borsheims during Sunday’s Berkshire Hathaway shareholder-only shopping day is the games.

We bring in experts at bridge, chess, magic and table tennis to amuse and amaze.

Here’s how you can take part on Sunday (May 5):

BRIDGE Bridge is again upstairs this year on the second floor of Regency Court. Anyone is welcome to play as long as they know how to play bridge. It helps if you already have your foursome put together, but if you’re solo come upstairs and sign up and we’ll try to get a group together for you. Bridge usually begins at 1pm, but a few people have been known to start playing earlier. I say get there by noon at the latest if you definitely want a seat. The experts, Sharon Osberg and Bob Hamann usually arrive between noon and 1pm. We do not know if Warren Buffett or Bill Gates will play bridge this year.

CHESS This is really amazing to watch. Patrick Wolff is a two-time U.S. Chess Champion and Grandmaster. He will play six people at the same time while blindfolded. It’s incredible to see. If you want to be one of the six people to try to beat Patrick, you can sign up at the Media/Info kiosk in the center of Regency Court starting at noon. At 1pm, we will take the list over to the chess area and draw the names of the six people who will play. You must be there at 1pm when your name is called in order to have a seat.

TABLE TENNIS Mr. Buffett asked Ariel Hsing, Olympic Table Tennis star, back to Borsheims for another shareholders weekend! We are expecting her to start playing around 1pm. Shareholders can form a queue to try their table tennis skills against the young champ. We will provide paddles and balls, but if you are partial to one you are welcome to bring it. She usually stays for a few hours and rarely gets beat, but you’re welcome to try! We do not know if Mr. Buffett or Mr. Gates will play against Ariel Hsing this year.

MAGICIAN Norman Beck is an excellent magician and will do tricks in front of (and to) any shareholder near where he’s performing. He is usually located near Williams Sonoma, so be camped out there if you’re hoping to catch his show.

Olympian vs. Oracle of Omaha? Only Berkshire Hathaway Weekend!

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

She’s a late addition to the roster of events for Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend 2013, but Ariel Hsing is no stranger to Berkshire shareholders.

Here is the young Olympic table tennis star last year, taking on all shareholders who dared!

Ariel Hsing plays Warren Buffett and Bill Gates

Olympian Ariel Hsing plays Warren Buffett and Bill Gates in Table Tennis at the 2012 Shareholders Meeting

We received word from Warren Buffett’s office that Ariel Hsing has agreed to come back and play shareholders at Borsheims once again! She will be in the center court of Regency Court on Sunday during the shareholder-only shopping day (May 5). She will begin to play around 1pm and although in the past couple of years she has played both Warren Buffett and Bill Gates (often at the same time!), we are not sure if the billionaires are taking her on this year. We know Mr. Buffett is busy selling jewelry at Borsheims at 1pm, so maybe if he reaches his $2 million sales goal early enough, he’ll get in a few hits of the paddle with this Olympian.

Welcome back Ariel! We are glad to have you in Omaha again and excited to see you defeat a series of shareholders for yet another year!

Buffett Out of Forbes Top 3

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Forbes released its annual list of the world’s billionaires today and for the first time since 2000, Warren Buffett is not in the top three. Even though Mr. Buffett added $9.5 billion to his fortune this year, he still dropped to fourth place. Mexico’s Carlos Slim is the world’s richest person again, followed by Bill Gates (a friend of Buffett and a Director at Berkshire Hathaway). Amancio Ortega, head of Spanish retailer Zara, is now in third place.

You can check out the entire list (including the 210 new billionaires) at Forbes.

And if you know any of the people on that list or people who hope to be on that list someday, make sure to invite them to Omaha for Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend. We’d love to show them around!