There was a party at Joe DiPietro's No Idea bar. On the subway going over, someone said, "Weren't you in that movie?" I started to say yes, looked up and it was Jon.
We knew Patrick would be there. Despite being pregnant and due in February, Christine made the trip, too. And Merl and Marie, which was a surprise. They played the DVD extras on the constructors (including the misspelled Liz "Gorsky") and deleted Stamford scenes with Leslie and Janet who were there to see they are back in, but it was too noisy to hear anything.
I was anxious to have the DVD and was told it was being mailed. But I hung around until the end of the party, and ended up getting it anyway. Instant gratification. There was pizza at the party, but I didn't have much and was game for dinner afterwards with various Creadon/O'Malleys, Brian Oakes and Merl/Marie. Sad that this could be the last "Wordplay" event on this journey since Sundance (no one wants to jinx things by mentioning the O word), but the puzzlers will still convene once a year (twice, if you count the NPL convention) so life goes on.
I watched the DVD extras. It was nice to see the 5 constructor profiles, so people know that Merl is not the only puzzlemaker in the world. The Sundance segments brought back memories, and I was glad to see the 2006 finals coverage. The additional snippets of raw interviews make you realize how great the editing really was, not to mention the graphics and music. Still, I probably wouldn't mind seeing all 90 hours of footage.