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In Denver, the two largest clubs are both privately owned, and rent commercial space. They charge $10 or $11 for a game, depending on day of the week. You can set up a prepaid account and get a discount of $0.50 per game. One provides a meal (main dish, salad, bread, dessert); one does not. Snacks at the second club are minimal, because there is no kitchen.

I'm not sure, but I think that in one of these clubs, directors are paid $100 per game.

We have several other clubs which are run in churches, community centers, and so on. The only one I have played at charges $2-$5, depending on whether you are a resident, a guest, or a stranger.
June 19
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Absolutely. Mediocre mediocre.
May 24
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Somebody once defined good suit for me as: “Has the potential to take five tricks if you can lead up to it enough.”

This has worked well for me.
May 24
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Great story, and what a way to start a bridge career!
May 19
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Yes, that would be good too. I have no way of knowing which would be quicker/easier.

The date field is already there in the search results. That sort could be implemented with just a small change in the code, and there would be no need to change the interface.

Author is not a separate field in what is displayed, but it is probably a separate field in the actual results. Same for type of post. However, these would require changing the interface.

All guesswork …
May 12
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Chiming in to agree with Karen. Most of the time, the software pops to the third or fourth new comment, not the first.
May 9
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Denver has a Hispanic/Latino population of just over 30%, so we have a fair number of signs and billboards in Spanish. I've noticed for several years that they use “tu” – I've never seen “usted.” Seems pretty presumptuous to me. (I realize that this is way off topic, but I've been wondering about it – any light that anybody can shed …)
May 5
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Randy, I want to read your novel.

Put it out on Kindle?
May 3
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Chris, thank you for this post. Can you tell us the source of your information? No names needed.
May 2
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Jim is exactly right. Combine that with the average age of members and what degree of activism can be expected?
May 2
Margaret Devere edited this comment May 2
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@Jeff: I couldn't say exactly what makes a successful national BOD candidate, but I'm certain that it's not communication of national issues at the local level.

They may, however, be successful in communicating these to the district board. Which begs the question: What makes a successful district BOD candidate. I have a few years of observation but no strong theories. So far it appears to be a combination of inertia, performance, and personal relationships. Nobody has campaigned on what they intend to do at the district level, let alone their positions on national issues.

In my experience, when somebody has been unseated in our unit/district (from BOD positions and other), it's a result of someone on the inside having decided that they need to go, or having a personal candidate, and motivating decision-makers behind the scenes. Nothing to do with national issues.
May 2
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If I understand Paul's comment correctly – members of unit boards are chiefly concerned with local tournaments and other local activities, and those things consume all of the time and energy that most board members are willing to give. It's an unusual board member who looks upward. Our unit board is only vaguely aware of the issues confronting the district board, let alone the national board. Combine this with the fact that it's difficult to get people to be on the unit board, so you don't want to ask more than they're willing to give.

Therefore, you can't rely on unit boards to instigate change at the national level, even though the voting is structured that way.

Speaking from my experience as a five-year board member and two-term board president.
May 2
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Hi Patty –

This is very interesting. There are 12-15 people in my neighborhood who want to learn bridge but I haven't quite had the initiative to set up classes. This would make it much easier. I could get groups of four to buy this, then just sit with them to answer questions as needed.

Off to look at your website.
May 2
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If a local bridge club decides to change its affiliation, I don't think the regular players will care. Especially if all of the local clubs go together. Local players just want to play. If the alternative organization offers to transfer over all ACBL masterpoints (possibly applying some conversion algorithm), it would be even less of an issue.

As the clubs go, so must the units go, I think. Districts are another matter – more administrative, less connected to the local players.
May 2
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If we wanted to quibble, we could ask whether declarer's turn to play applied to playing from the dummy as well as from hand :)

I personally enjoy a good quibble.
April 20
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Hey Chip –

I'm very happy to see Bujold on your list. I love her fantasy also (Curse of Chalion – great book). And Connie Willis is always unexpected and often funny (Bellwether, They All Fall Down). And Doomsday – another great book.

How about your favorite mystery authors and titles?
April 5
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Years ago, an opponent called the director to complain that I, while waiting for my turn to bid, had rested my hands (and hand) on the table, thereby indicating that I wanted partner to pass.

I was a full-time computer person and part-time musician, and my hands and arms got very tired. I was just taking the load off.

The director didn't take any action.

These days, I usually fold up my hand while I'm waiting to bid, and rest my hands on the table or in my lap. Then, before I bid, I open my hand and scan it. Hopefully I'm consistent enough that nobody will think anything of it.
March 27
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So you open 1 and CHO bids 1. What then?
Jan. 23
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That's an interesting distinction, and one that I don't understand. Are you referring to minimum HCP but with some redeeming feature, such as suit purity or solid honors or extra length in suits? Please elaborate.
Jan. 15
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Hi Dave –

You've been playing in a different pool:)

Eight Is Enough is a team game designed to mix it up. Every player is assigned a rank based on masterpoints, and the team total has to be 8 or less. So, for example, 0-50=0, 50-NLM=1, LM-1500=2, 1500-3000=4, 3000+=5.People can put together their own teams or we'll help.

We're looking at Friday night in March – I'll get back to you:)
Jan. 7
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