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I offer no opinion . . .

From what I observed . . .

That lasted a long time.

Anyway, I agree with what Caprera observed. And I sort of, more strongly these days, object to identifying individuals by the political jurisdiction in which they happened to have been born.

Bridge is bridge. And not that he is involved in this discussion, but how are people classifying a bridge player like Zia these days?
July 29
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The lighting was not great, but no worse than any Regional anywhere in the country that I have ever been to.
July 29
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If you are at a certain club that I visit but don't frequent, all you have to do is shame your OPP by saying, “I wouldn't do this against about half the room and if you want to be in that half, I'll be glad to include you.”

Implying that only bad, wimpy, whiney players would complain about it.
July 28
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In every survey after every tournament, I complain in ALL CAPS that there should be a choice of sodas. #NOTJUSTPEPSIEVERYDAMNTIME.
July 28
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Back home in LA and what did I find? Everyone that is in public (at least in the neighborhood of my approximately 3 mile walk) is more rather than less fully clothed.

Culture shock after a week in Vegas.
July 27
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I play some unusual methods. I am also prone to thinking that I know more about bridge bidding than 80 years of practice.

However, I absolutely do not wish to win by “sneak attack” and thus I may over pre alert but I don't care.

I tend to resent a lot of follow up questions that seemed more designed to elicit accidental misinformation than to understand the system.

I also have a sometimes partner that appears to occasionally reason “I will bid this (even though I don't hold what we agree that bid means) and then partner (me) will bid that and then I will follow up this which will confuse partner so he will have to pass.” I wish I could get him to stop but it seems too deeply ingrained in his approach.
July 27
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Restaurants: Wolfgang Puck's Cocina at the Aria, easily walkable, is a must, if a bit expensive ($30 per person). With it. Fabulous food that impressed even a non foodie. Very nice atmosphere if a little high end mallish.

Also follow Yu and Carol around and you will find all the best restaurants near the playing venue.
July 25
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Best value/quality trade off across the street at Miracle Mile shops (Planet Hollywood). Phil Clayton's recommendation of Earl of Sandwich is seconded here (by the way, staying off site at Excalibur, how did they miss this great themed tie-in, going instead for Popeye's Louisiana Chicken?). Also Chipolte at LA Street prices (under $10 for a lunch).

Host hotel food options suck on both quality and value axes.
July 23
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Listen to the voice from the couch:

<<I think if you treat the responder as 8-11 (I would), you are probably ill advised to splinter with a stiff Q. Partner will play you for 8+hcp's elsewhere.>>
July 23
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If you can't understand me on BW, try sitting across the table.
July 22
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A partner claimed to have played a system while in college known as Black Moss at a bridge club in Lansing (yes, Hawkeyes and Spartans can mix at bridge, but only post-graduation). The system was conceived and practiced under the influence of a substance with considerably stronger mind altering influence than THC, but similarly three lettered.

Now, among other things, in Black Moss, 3 denoted any hand containing among its holdings a pinochle (for those that don't know Q J is a meld in pinochle and is itself called a pinochle). Now even without the influence of mind-altering substances, even experienced pinochle players (in my mother's house, we had to be) are prone to setting down a Q J as a meld, but that, of course, is nothing and is worthless.

As the story unfolds, one evening, against the strictest pair of pre-internet LOLs in the house, the system architect opens 3, duly alerted, clearly explained as “any hand containing a pinochle.” This player becomes dummy. However, when dummy comes down, no Q no J one Q and one J. “DIRECTOR!”

The complaint was duly registered, the matter sorted out while EW could not and did not contain their involuntary giggles, substance induced to some extent, no doubt. The LOLs were not similarly LOLing.

The director pulled the offenders aside after the game and implored: “You can play here if you like and we are happy to have you, but please, no more Black Moss.”
July 22
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Actually, they turned me down. So if my post made it seem otherwise, I apologize.

As for Yehudit, I was turned down categorically and immediately. Must have been 7 in Monterrey.
July 22
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Although for Fleischer to be seeded 4th is a tragedy of ancient Greek proportions. Seriously.
July 22
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5 IMPs to Shi.
July 22
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I very much agree. Also transfer positives. And, quite simply, just show each and every 4 card suit up the line (as Responder). 1 - 1 * Alert: 4 or more s 8 or more points (or and A and K, combined or not), and may have another suit of as many as 9 cards .

R bypassing a major suit denies 4+ length in that suit. Of course, this requires a ridiculously complicated negative response structure.
July 22
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Is Michael Rosenberg playing pro in this event?
July 21
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Director in daylight pairs announcing final round: “hope you managed to have some fun today.” “Well not 26 and at the pool fun . . . But . . . ”
July 21
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What is the deal with barely visible swim suits all over the halls at the Cosmo?
July 21
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My law firm is both busier and more profitable since we adopted the when we get paid, we will start work policy.
July 19
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Service businesses generally must operate on payment up front basis. Performance bonuses should be escrowed I suppose although that is unlikely to be palatable to the client population.
July 19
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