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This wasn't an email, but it is called the “FBI Scam” One night a few years ago, a full page on my desktop said something like “You have been accused by the FBI of child pornography.” On top of the page, was some FBI information and on the side of the page it had some things about the police. However, if I wanted to avoid conviction, they had a convenient place to send some money on PayPal. I did not do that and called Norton Maybe the worst thing was that I couldn't get the material off of my desktop.

Norton told me it was called “The FBI scam.” It took them several hours to get the material off my screen, and cost me some money. A couple of years later, the same thing appeared but I was able to remove it.
July 13
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From my profile: "Strong believer in the 5Fs–fun, focus, forgive, forget, and if none of those work go into a private place to shout the 5th F. Another f is for frustration; but we always come back to play in spite of it.
July 9
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Last Wednesday, a woman in our club game called the director, saying in essence that her partner made her cry by yelling at her. She asked the director how he would have bid her hand. (Politely, he didn't reply "under an assumed name.

My partner and I thought that the partner had criticized her bid (justifiably) but did not yell at her. As James Huntington says above both players misbid and they went down 4. I found out later that they are married. (at least as of last Wed.)
July 9
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There's a woman at a non-sanctioned duplicategame I play in who now is 101. Plays rarely, but not too badly, except “I always have bad cards.” When she turned 100, we gave her lifetime free play. (We ARE generous)
June 24
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Demand an immediate recount.
June 12
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“Bud, I can agree that a huge percentage of members have no idea that he the recent CEO has been fired and I'll betcha that will remain true for quite a while!”

My guess is that a huge % of the members did not know (or care) that there was a new CEO.
June 10
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I share this quotation on the first day of my Beginner Bridge Classes:

Bridge is the most diverting and intelligent card game that the wit of man has so far devised

I would have children taught it as a matter of course, just as they are taught dancing; in the end it will be more useful to them, for you cannot with seemliness continue to dance when you are bald and potbellied; nor, for that matter, can you with satisfaction to yourself or pleasure to your partner continue to play tennis or golf when you are well past middle age. But you can play bridge so long as you can sit up at a table and tell one card from another. In fact, when all else fails - sport, love, ambition - bridge remains a solace and an entertainment.
W. Somerset Maugham
June 5
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When the movie,The Odd Couple was filmed around 1966, there was a scene at the Mets' Shea Stadium. During the regular game that day, the Pirates batted out of turn (might have involved Roberto Clemente, but I'm not sure.)
June 1
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“You play bad bridge.”

Wow! If a director ever said that to me, I would know he was right, but I would report him to his bosses.
May 26
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Tell your children or grandchildren that you DON'T want them to learn bridge.
May 26
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“In the book, the Long Season, Jim Brosnan mentioned several teammates playing bridge, including Don Newcombe, Willie Jones and Brooks Robinson.”

Sorry, I meant pitcher, Brooks Lawrence.
May 26
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In the book, the Long Season, Jim Brosnan mentioned several teammates playing bridge, including Don Newcombe, Willie Jones and Brooks Robinson. In an old Baseball Register Billy Herman, Hall of Fame infielder and later manager,listed bridge as his hobby
May 24
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It may be researchable, but I wonder whether the number of players of Little League and other programs for youth is increasing or not. (we can't measure the number of people like myself who played non-organized baseball).

But playing doesn't necessarily turn into attending games. (see soccer aka US football where tens of thousands of children play who never go to a professional game). Still, Major League baseball attendance is way higher than it was 50 years ago, which may mean that unlike bridge, the next generations are more likely than their parents to attend baseball games.
May 21
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I've never wanted to bid 8, but a lot of times, I would have liked to bid 3 1/2.
May 15
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Bye, bye
May 8
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“Well known fact : Many countries underreport memberships to avoid paying fees to the WBF. Many just enlist a small cadre of international players. So let’s get relevant facts straight.”

I guess some countries cheat at bridge just like some players do
May 5
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“From 1973 to 1996, possibly with some extra duplication where there were midseason changes: Ralph Houk, Bill Virdon, Billy Martin, Dick Howser, Bob Lemon, Billy Martin, Dick Howser, Gene Michael, Bob Lemon, Gene Michael, Clyde King, Billy Martin, Yogi Berra, Billy Martin, Lou Piniella, Bahar Gidwani, Billy Martin, Lou Piniella, Dallas Green, Bucky Dent, Stump Merrill, Buck Showalter, Joe Torre.”

Although I'm no lover of Steinbrenner, he was smart enough not to fire Gidwani. And the Yankees did quite well under his ownership, which cannot be said for the ACBL.
May 3
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How many organizations replace their Boards of Directors, even when there is substantial unhappiness with them? Not just a question of age; more of intertia and/or the idea that better the devil you know…
May 2
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'Contact' is not a verb!“ – Nero Wolfe.

Nero Wolfe destroyed a dictionary because it had ”imply“ and ”infer" as synonyms.
April 15
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I would guess that with money at stake, the person who the director ruled against would be more likely to think that the director was not impartial.
April 12
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