Thanksgiving at Where The Winds Blow

Thanksgiving at Where The Winds Blow

by Lynn Chorn

This Thanksgiving is special at Where The Winds Blow. This is the first Thanksgiving without Harold Gluckman, whom we lost suddenly in July. Harold has been an integral part of daily life at Where The Winds Blow for the past two and a half years. He was also my Dad.

Thanksgiving was Harold’s favorite holiday. So it’s fitting to acknowledge all he did for us at Where The Winds Blow.

Harold believed in the future of Where The Winds Blow. He redesigned our cases on wheels so they would stand up on their own. He standardized our tile sizes so all our tiles now fit in plastic trays. He designed special velour tile bags to match our velour cases. Our customers loved these improvements.

Harold was instrumental in moving Where The Winds Blow from Katy to Houston (30 miles closer to town). Because of the move, our foot traffic increased five-fold. He organized the warehouse, implemented new inventory procedures, sourced and managed the importing of tons of amazing Mah Jongg products, as well as spearheading our discounted products program.

Because of him, we now offer automatic tables, with a 6 month replacement policy. He tirelessly and patiently helped many people set up their tables and made sure they could play on them effortlessly. He did so much more than I can mention here.

We do little things to honor him at Where The Winds Blow. We turn off the lights when no one is in the showroom (he got on us a lot about that). We always make sure every single set, and every single order, is checked and double checked before it is packed. We make sure the showroom and the warehouse stay clean.

Every time we do something at Where The Winds Blow that builds on what he created, even small things, we honor him. We remember those we’ve lost when we build on something they started, or when we accomplish something they helped us to do. This is so true in Harold’s case.

Every day I’m grateful for what Harold did for me, and for Where The Winds Blow, and for his contributions to the Mah Jongg community by bringing wonderful products to the US that mah Jongg players use and enjoy.

Every day, we remind ourselves to believe in the future just like he did. And every day, we are thankful to Harold for believing in us.

11 thoughts on “Thanksgiving at Where The Winds Blow

  1. Barbra Rosenberg says:

    Dear Lynn . . .

    What a beautiful and touching tribute to your beloved Dad!!! I am so sorry for your loss . . . sounds as if you Dad was so very special!!! I understand what you’re feeling . . . and miss my Dad so much too . . . it was a mere 37 years ago. . . he was 65 and I was all of 30.

    My health is not as bad as I was told last year. Lupus is a bit easier to deal with than multiple myeloma! Hence, I am still able to play Mahj from time to time and am still enjoying my personalized “Double Happiness jokers! Due to a long list of other maladies, I can’t sit for very long.

    I wish you, yours and WTWB the very best!!!

    • Lynn Chorn says:

      Hi Barbra,
      That is a very young age to lose your Dad – I’m sorry about that! I don’t think I’ll ever stop missing him. I’m so glad you’re using your Double Happiness tiles and I hope your health doesn’t stop you from enjoying Mahj!
      -Lynn

  2. Margaret Pitts says:

    A wonderful, loving story of your Dad. Thank you for sharing it. I have ordered two sets of Mah Jongg and many other products from you. The orders have always been correct and arrived in a timely manner. So glad you are carrying on the business. I may be ordering a set for my granddaughter. Do you have any instruction material for the “Shanghai” Mah Jongg game?

  3. Jenna Highlander says:

    M. Lynn Chorn,
    Thank you for sharing the memory of your Father with all of your friends of Mah Jongg. Sounds like you are following his footsteps at WTWB.
    Jenna Highlander

  4. Cynthia Pumphrey says:

    Hi Lynn,
    What a beautiful tribute to your beloved father. He was so helpful with the Mah Jongg table we ordered for our Scottsdale home. Apparently there was a problem with several that came in and he knew exactly what was going on to fix the problem. He walked us right through the problem by phone. I remember how kind, thoughtful and accessible he was. I”m very sorry for your loss, my heart and prayers go out to you and your family!
    Cynthia Pumphrey

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