Merry Christmas from Eastlake Bridge Club. May all your Aces drop singleton Kings this Holiday Season!
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH
FOR THE GENEROUS CHRISTMAS GIFT AND CARD WITH ALL YOUR KIND THOUGHTS AND WORDS. I was so touched that all of you did that together for me.
Saying Thank You' here just doesn't seem to cut it so maybe I'll save myself the time and run over to Macy's and try on that cashmere sweater I've always loved... and those boots... and...
WHAT A PARTY WE HAD!
Barbara Schafer hosted the morning game at her house. We had six tables and she had no problem fitting us all in comfortably and what a beautiful setting that was for us. Her home overlooks the Eastlake golf course and inside she had it decorated beautifully for Christmas. Everybody brought a dish to share, sparing neither expense nor labor as every one of them was home made. Liz and Gary made delicious little key lime tarts - no easy task for the best of cooks! In spite of hosting the game, Barbara made a salad that would rival the best restaurant and a desert to die for. Our club isn't big by size but it's big in terms of the quality of members. There just isn't a better group of people to couple the festivities of the season with our passion, bridge.
Thank you Barbara for making that game so special.
NO MORE SIT-OUTS!
From now on (or at least until we've given it a good chance) we are going to have no sit-outs! If there is a half table, the boards you normally would have at the table will be played against the computer. I can not take credit for this progressive and innovative solution to an age old problem (see next paragraph) but I will take credit for all of you being so super co-operative in putting up with another new idea I throw at you. I know some of you have little or no experience with computers but all of you bravely gave it a try. It was wonderful to see when a partnership was computer-phobic, one partner took the lead and the other partner, scored the traveller and was relieved to be saved. One player in particular - Letha Couch should be our role model. She has no computer experience other than the most basic email tasks, has never navigated to a website and cannot forward emails. Letha is in her 80's and sat down co-operatively at the game and said "OK, I can do this. I know how to work a mouse". Is that not the best attitude we could ever hope to have?? I dedicate this picture to Letha - this cat also knows how to work a mouse.
CREDIT TO RICH WAUGH
The "no more sit outs" idea that you will all grow to love came from Rich Waugh who has been responsible for many great things at bridge clubs all over the world. Yes, World. The round timer that runs on my computer and at club games everywhere was written by him. He gives this program away FREE to download from his website.
Rich has a wonderful website (<-- click to open in a new window) and sends out a weekly newsletter that has interesting hands and articles. You can sign up for his newsletter here. His bridge player iteration of 'T'was the Night before Christmas' is a must read and is sure to bring a smile to your face. Click here and scroll down to read it.
BRIDGE CLASSES STARTING JANUARY
We will be starting lessons again in January. These will be posted after Christmas with sign-up links. I will send out an email after Christmas with the particulars. We will likely be offering a course on Defense and I will be repeating the 'Doubles' series of Audrey Grant (free for repeat offenders). I will continue to offer supervised play Monday evening for those (or anyone) whose schedules preclude daytime classes with plans to move into Bridge Basics II after they have had a chance to play and incorporate scoring and the basic concepts they recently learned in Bridge Basics I.
MORNING GAME DECEMBER 22 BEING HELD
In spite of most people being busy with visitors and families, we have enough players to hold a game on the 22rd. Sign up here if you want to play (or surprise me).
NO GAME WEDNESDAY EVENING DEC 22
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