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Honors card fee average $122 a table and we have 19,000 tables. Care to guess what I thought of your suggestion?
But just because card fees and table counts are high doesn't necessarily equate to bottom line figures. And even if there was a relationship, a $200,000 household income here won't qualify you to rent a two bedroom two bath apartment in Manhattan.
But you are on to something. US, Canada, Mexico…there must be a figure that represents cost of living differential. That would be the multiplier.
June 17, 2018
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I'm afraid it won't be the last either.
June 17, 2018
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That's so true. Even when we teach defense and the declarer KNOWS they're supposed to go minus, they are upset when they do.
June 17, 2018
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Similar epiphany. But mine involved poker and women. Now it would involve Haggen Daz vanilla ice cream.
The sheer beautiful, simple, and yet elegant logic of math was what I enjoyed as a child. But it wasn't a passion. Same with chess. Didn't know at the time what was missing.
When I discovered bridge, I found that out.
Introducing bridge in our classrooms or in our after school programs to like minded children might have the long term affect of producing more bridge experts, but fewer lawyers, engineers, and doctors.
As a society, are we willing to accept these unintended consequences?
June 17, 2018
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I've been on the BoG just under two years, attended three or four meetings, and written exactly one letter to my “constituents” informing them of BoG and BoD progress.
As one of 25 1st Alternates, assuming every 1st A. position is filled, other than standing ready to take over should my BoD District rep not be able to fulfill his or her duties, what are my specific responsibilities to my District, the BoD, the BoG, myself?
As a BoG member, should I be getting regular updates on BoG and BoD areas of discussion? Our Atlanta meeting is little more than a month away, yet I know nothing of what is on the agenda of either my BoG or the BoD. Maybe I should, and just don't know it. Maybe I was supposed to get a play book somewhere along the way and just didn't.
Along with Len, I suppose our current officers are doing a good job, but what exactly is their job?
I know the Chairman gets to sit in on BoD meetings, but doesn't get a vote. I know the Chairman runs the BoG meetings. But what else is he or she charged with?
I learned that the BoG was set up to act as the body representing the members. I've been a sanction holder for 42 years and not once have I ever been contacted by the BoG about any club or member related business, even in the two years I've been on the Board.
I'm ashamed to say that I'm now one of the very same 125 people doing exactly what to help the 165,000 little people I'm supposed to be looking out for. And I'm starting to get uncomfortable in the role of not having a role.
June 17, 2018
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I tell my 0 - 750 students, the tougher the opponent, the higher you preempt.
June 16, 2018
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Yes we do. But Mike was asking about math, so I tried to give him an Honors math class.
June 16, 2018
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Definitely not interested in restructuring the BoD. That's proven to be a non-starter. But if the BoD would agree that half the Board MUST be made up of for profit and/or full service sanctioned holders, I think we would be amenable to that.
Unfortunately the BoG is too large a body and too diverse to be an effective force in the near term.
No, we are going to propose that there be a third Board. A tight knit group of club owners from various size clubs to help set guidelines and direction where membership and club health is concerned.
June 16, 2018
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Exactly.
What is on everyone's mind?
The BoG is supposed to be the players' Board.
The BoD has enough on its plate.
Fiduciary, tournaments, the solvency of the Organization.
We will make a motion in Atlanta that they divest themselves, with Donald's help, from having to deal with member clubs and average strength club players.
June 16, 2018
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I start off telling my Beginner 1 class that bridge is like a detective story that must be solved in a very short time. For them one hand is more like 15 - 20 minutes.
Anyone will tell you that it is far easier to remember a story then it is to remember random facts. What was the story on the hand?

To this day I don't believe I could remember one card more in a gin rummy pack then I could 50 years ago when I switched to bridge. Random facts versus the story.

As to math. I tell my students the truth right away. It's not math, at most, it's third grade arithmetic.
And what of memorization?
How about this?
The Odds:
A suit breaks 3-2…2/3 of the time.
It breaks 4-1 1/4 of the time(28%)
It break 4-2 2/4ths of the time (48%)
And finally, it breaks 3-3 1/3 of the time (36%).
So much for math and memorization.
Now, let's play cards.
June 16, 2018
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Maybe they should. They are ACBL clubs.
June 16, 2018
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Where did this come from - incorrect rules?
How about obtaining a copy of “A Taste of Bridge” and then getting back to me?
Incorrect rules………
June 16, 2018
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I think we may start giving the 3-month membership as a graduation present after our three 6-session beginner courses.

Do you remember when the initial ACBL membership was under $20?
We used to give the entire year away free.
June 16, 2018
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Beg to differ. I believe we are talking about introducing people to bridge. These are not concepts for beginners or even those we refer to as advanced beginners.
1S-2S is what is relevant. The invitational sequence 1nt-2nt is often too challenging for some percentage of our new players.
June 16, 2018
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You think?
June 16, 2018
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3NT would then require 27 points to bid. We teach 26 BTW. I tell them 25 when they can pull off end plays and squeezes.
Why 26 and not 27? Because of the bonus!!!
June 16, 2018
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BTW: This forum has been basically dormant since April.
June 16, 2018
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Boy are we going to need your help then Don.
June 16, 2018
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Exactly. We, several of us club owners, intend on bringing a motion before the BoG in Atlanta.
June 16, 2018
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I want the BoD to establish a BoCO.
A Board of Club Owners.
Not a committee, that should be extended for another two years, or at least until the BoCO is established and up and running, but a real Board on equal footing with the BoD in matters relating to clubs.
June 16, 2018
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