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I played so much on The Sierra Network that my body went numb from the seating/monitor arrangement. I had to bring out an old kitchen chair to the computer desk to correct it.
12 hours ago
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Not going to name names, but a bridge player that I considered quite possibly the smartest person on the planet was spotted by me outside the Ventura Regional, smoking.

So much for smartest person on the planet.
15 hours ago
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And the post mortems at the Brass Knocker (nearby bar) did not end until 1am. Closing time.
Oct. 13
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1993 was toward the tail end of one of my bridge binges.

Much more precision (including me, but today is still the same with me).

People had strange (disciplined) ideas about preempts but I never let that corrupt me.

Psyches were much more tolerated or even encouraged. Zero tolerance had not yet been invented – for better or worse. Recall a lawyer and another player getting into a fist fight in the parking lot. Another story about one of the participants, as he was being wheeled out on a gurney, “This is because of your bad bidding, _____.”

Bridge was much more about fun and far less about competition or excellence. A good story always trumped a great play. Thank you ACBL and teachers for killing bridge. Bridge is best learned by one's self, from ragged books fished out of garage sales.

Bridge players could occasionally get banned from casinos for card counting (1st hand story).

Bridge players were young enough to be involved in at least semi-scandalous behavior and occasionally headed home at hours such a 5:30 or 6 to shower and take care of other hygiene matters before work.
Oct. 13
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Brozell was the first system of competition over their NT that I was taught. Circa 1986-87.
Oct. 13
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My favorite: “Too hot” “Too cold” . . . before I can even get to the thermostat.
Oct. 11
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I would like to iterate that for the most part the experience has been fulfilling and positive. And in particular that one aspect of it has been so fulfilling and positive that even if the remainder of it were completely atrocious, it would have been worth it.

I just feel called to serve . . . actually, pretty much the same population . . . but in a different way.
Oct. 11
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I don't think horn lake takes all of the $5/table and maybe not any of it. That money, or some of it, goes back to players in the form of a district stipend to its winners for travel expenses to the national event. We should have more NAP tables. IMO.
Oct. 10
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Once. U562 league. At bhbc. Or maybe Ramos was directing and I was just organizing.
Oct. 10
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Let us not forget the super-entitled behavior of players (I refuse to sit at table 4 facing the door to the men's bathroom) and how that contributed.

But more than that, it is clear that I can accomplish more good in the world in law than in bridge. And if I can, I must.
Oct. 9
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Before this came up I didn't even know it was a question. When I posted this poll, I knew that there was a 4 school, but I still thought the results would be in 80/20 range.

You don't know what you don't know.
Oct. 2
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You may or may not see some footage in this film of me directing on TU or FR back in the old days. From a “what not to do” perspective.
Oct. 1
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We've been through this before here. The Nebraska regional is in council bluffs ia because of legalized gambling.
Sept. 25
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When I was in D14, the only thing I remember is no Regional. At least it seemed so over three years I played heavy schedule at Cornhusker bridge center.
Sept. 24
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Are you trying to win a post mortem?
Sept. 21
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The entire world would be far better off without nation states which are themselves remnants of tribalism. And if that is too political for you please remove it and censure me.
Sept. 18
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There is also this fallacy floating around that there is some inherent right to own a perfect defense to any conceivable method from the very first time it appears.

Not so and bridge is plenty playable using general principles to solve most problems of unfamiliarity.
Sept. 16
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Well I guess 150 honors will collect a total of 2320. Eventually.
Sept. 15
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If partner is opening 2 with 7-6, we can pretty much put 8 honors in her hand. Otherwise don't upgrade that much.
Sept. 15
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My List?

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10. Eric Greco, etc.

YMMV.
Sept. 15
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