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I realize the profession is Bridge, but I don't see how personal tax cases should be fodder for this forum. Other than the source of income, which was in no way illegal or unethical, I fail to see the relevance here.
Nov. 28
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“people who have done the last few nationals and reading from here some of them are going to Hawaii and had planned on working there as well what if u contacted one of them and hired them?”

This is a pretty good idea. Maybe both parties can post on the partnership desk on BW for the Hawaii nationals and find each other.
Nov. 15
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Just be sure to stay at the host hotel.
Nov. 13
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Being the largest boomer of hotel rooms is only useful if we have a national deal with a major hotelier. Perhaps talking to a national sales manager for Marriott or Wyndham might be best. You can't leverage this dealing with different franchises in different cities. Why would the Orlando Hilton give you a deal when in Atlanta we're booking a Mariott?
Nov. 13
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On the way of the cards, yes, but it doesn't look like you would want to bid 5, is what I meant to say.
Nov. 2
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Tough to find blame here. Switch the Q and J of clubs and I don't see how to take the heart finesse.
Nov. 1
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Absolutely! The joy and adrenaline rush of winning can't happen after the fact. Even if it's just a few days, you've been robbed of celebrating with your team, and having friends congratulate you in the moment.

It's a theft that can't be returned.
Nov. 1
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I don't see east doing anything wrong. I would jump to 4S with KQxx and extra values over the double, so don't see how you count more than 11 tricks. 7N seems like “we need a top, so I'm shooting.”
Oct. 28
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It is my understanding that on the mobile version, going back to review played hands is much more difficult if even available. Is this accurate? If so, I would hate the new version.
Oct. 25
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Not only would I cancel, I'd dispute the “cancellation penalty” on my credit card for misrepresentation.
Oct. 25
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Tyler, I couldn't agree more. I've been complaining for years about the culture created by novice games where the rules are ignored and director calls are considered mean-spirited. When players went into the open room at our club it was considered “the dark side”. To prevent people from quitting, they just increased the upper point level for the restricted games. And we wonder why there are so few good players.

When I started locally, there were probably 15 real A players that could have competed nationally. All but about 3 have died (a couple may have moved) and nobody has taken their place.

It's easy to be shortsighted and worry about losing today's player when you don't care about the future of the game. Well, it's time to pay the piper.
Oct. 23
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Yes, you get better rulings when the business owner's job isn't to penalize his customers. Bridge games directed by club owners are a very strange business model.
Oct. 22
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Yes. If you ignore problems long enough, they go away one way or another.
Oct. 21
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I have read exactly what you said. You want start times to be reasonable for the time zone you live in, regardless of the time zone the event is taking place. We just happen to disagree as to how reasonable this is.

My time comparisons make sense to me and others, just not to you, so I'll stop making them.
Oct. 21
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I no longer have to read the actual article to answer these questions any more. There are no more penalty doubles. That's why there are no more requirements to bid.
Oct. 21
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Your logic escapes me. You seem to suggest that for a 10 day tournament, you sleep, eat, and behave as if you were in your original time zone. No evening games in California, since they would end at 2PM eastern?

Agreed Hawaii is a silly place for a Nationals, but time zones really shouldn't be a factor. Everything has to make sense local time for the 95% that actually adjust to where they are.
Oct. 21
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Legally they can not adjust their call. However if I were EW, it would depend. If we were talking to the player and distracting him, or if the person has some sort of vision issue, etc. I wouldn't even call the director. I would just allow the correction. I want to win because of my ability, not by opponent's disability.
Oct. 20
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Sorry, Peg, but I don't think that's reasonable. Once you fly across country, you're going to have to adjust to the local time one way or another. Are you suggesting the LOCALS re-adjust their schedule to accommodate visitors from all over?

When the events are in FL, are you suggesting that a time that is 7AM for West-coasters or 2AM for visitors from Hawai'i is unreasonable? I realize you have your preferences and you're certainly entitled to them, but I don't think this is something that could or should be reasonably accommodated.
Oct. 20
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Unless we were at different events, when it was at that Mariott, parking was free if you showed you convention card. I played there and drove 5 minutes to many restaurants. A much better option than Disney. An international drive location would be better still, but I heard they don't want us.
Oct. 19
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Maybe it's similar to the problem of having so many tournaments that they all lose their appeal. With games every afternoon and morning, nobody HAS to play at night. Maybe if there was no afternoon game on days where there was a night game, more people would play in the evening, and the game would survive.

I know that small games are a self-fulfilling prophecy. Nobody wants to play in them, so they don't go. So they get smaller. Repeat as needed.
Oct. 18
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