Posts Tagged ‘Ping Pong’

FAQ: Can I get a picture with Warren Buffett?

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

We know that the vast majority of our Berkshire Hathaway shareholders are Warren Buffett groupies who would LOVE to get a selfie with the big guy. In fact, that’s probably the biggest goal of a lot of people who come through Borsheims on Sunday, the shareholder only shopping day when Mr. Buffett stops by to play a little ping pong and bridge.

So the question we get a lot is “How do I get a picture with Warren Buffett?” And unfortunately, I don’t have very good news. It is very difficult during Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend to get a selfie with Warren Buffett. The one I found on Twitter to the left is one from about a month ago.

During Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend, there are about 44,000 shareholders (this year’s number of shareholder passes issued according to local media) who are hoping to get close to Warren Buffett. Because there are so many people, Mr. Buffett has to have extra security around him to protect him from the crowd of well-wishers. Imagine if you were a very spry 86 years old and had 44,000 people wanting to get near you. It would be crazy! And we all want Mr. Buffett alive and well for as long as we can have him, so it’s essential that he be surrounded by security this weekend to keep him safe. Besides, if he started taking selfies with shareholders, when would it stop? It’s all he’d get done all weekend.

So snap away with your cameras while Mr. Buffett is walking through Borsheims today, while he’s playing ping pong, and get an action shot of him playing bridge. But know that’s probably the best you will be able to get this weekend. That and his image on everything from whiskey stones to decorative pillows.

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!

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!

How to Play Ping Pong, Bridge and Chess at Borsheims

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Berkshire Hathaway weekend veterans likely already know the ins and outs of playing the games at Borsheims.

But we gain several new shareholders each year, so it is worth repeating.

We have several different games happening just outside of Borsheims today (in the center court of Regency Court). Here is how you can join in the fun!

 

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, but they usually sit down for several hands.

CHESS This is really amazing to watch – and likely your last opportunity to catch this. 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 chess table starting at noon. At 1pm, we will 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.

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 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.

If you have any questions, feel free to post them here or come visit me at the info desk.

 

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!

Playing Warren Buffett’s Games at Borsheims

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

They really are Warren Buffett’s games. Everyone knows Mr. Buffett loves bridge and invites two of his buddies and bridge experts back year after year to take on shareholders. He thinks Patrick Wolff is a chess genius. Magician Norman Beck always entertains the crowd. And who else would invite a 16-year-old Olympian to play him in table tennis.

So you want in on the action, too? Here’s what you need to know to participate in the games this Sunday (May 6) at Borsheims.

BRIDGE
Bridge has been moved upstairs this year to 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.

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
We expect Mr. Buffett to be the first person to play Olympian Ariel Hsing in table tennis, and we anticipate that will be around 1pm. After that, 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!

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.

Buffett to Play Possible Olympian during Berkshire Weekend

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

He’s played her before and now, Warren Buffett wants a rematch! Mr. Buffett has invited table tennis champ Ariel Hsing back to Borsheims during Berkshire Hathaway weekend. The 16-year-old is expected to play Mr. Buffett as well as shareholders who want to try and best her Sunday afternoon, May 6.

 

Ariel Hsing plays table tennis at Borsheims in 2010

Ariel Hsing plays table tennis at Borsheims in 2010

 
Ariel Hsing has been to Borsheims a few times in the past during the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend. Each time, she has put on an amazing show of her talents. Hsing is the 2010 and 2011 National Champion of table tennis, and is trying to make the U.S. Olympic team in the next two weeks.
 

During the 2010 Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting, Mr. Buffett brought a giant paddle to play with Ms. Hsing. Who knows what he’ll bring this time!

 
You can catch all the action in the mall’s center court area (just outside the mall entrance to Borsheims) starting at 1pm on Sunday, May 6. We’ll provide the paddles and balls.