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Linda–My class would have appreciated your approach on having more board practice, and I will be doing a lot more of that in my future class. However, what will be traded off is some of the lessons, particularly since our class time is more limited than yours seems to be.

Also, the hardest thing for them to learn was Stayman. The idea that someone would bid clubs when they have only a couple as a way of showing the minors was understandably strange for them, but even the brightest of the newcomers had trouble grasping it.
Dec. 13, 2016
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I tend to agree. I live about 30 miles from the site of the DC Nationals. I drove a few people who live near me or further away, but I recognized only a couple of players from Baltimore which is about 45 miles away. I know that when my Baltimore club closes for most of the Hunt Valley Regional, many of the club's players drive about half an hour to play at the regional.

Maybe it's because many Baltimore residents seldom leave the Baltimore area, and most Washingtonians and those living in their suburbs will not go to Baltimore, except possibly to see the Orioles
Dec. 13, 2016
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I found this on a legal website. Not being a constitutional lawyer (or any kind of attorney), I still think it's correct. Since these cases are not criminal or penal, I don't see any Constitutional issue.

The Constitution of the United States, art. 1, sec. 10, forbids the states to pass any ex post facto law; which has been defined to be one which renders the act punishable in a manner in which it was not punishable when it was committed. This definition extends to laws passed after the act, and affecting a person by way of punishment of that act, either in his person or estate….
This prohibition in the constitution against passing ex post facto law's, applies exclusively to criminal or penal cases, and not to civil cases.
Dec. 6, 2016
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Thank you. I will look into that book before my next class starts in late January.
Dec. 4, 2016
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“They had a team in Brooklyn? :). I must be younger than I thought.”

The Dodgers have been in Brooklyn continuously for more than 100 years. They've just been on a very long road trip since 1958.
Nov. 30, 2016
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Are these people jerks in general or do they just think that hotel staff are their servants, one step lower than novice players?
Nov. 28, 2016
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“What I wonder about is why so many posters think ever other word needs to be capitalized. :-)”

Or “every other word” :)
Nov. 27, 2016
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A song I learned as a child.

The Hippopotamus
Is not afraid of us
If we don't ask him up for tea
He'll raise an awful fuss.
Nov. 23, 2016
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“Wouldn't you rather be playing with new cards while the ship is going down?”

So instead of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, you'd be rearranging the decks?
Nov. 16, 2016
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To me it's amazing that the Board of Governors do not have the email addresses of the OTHER BOG members
Nov. 9, 2016
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I might be wrong about what vos Savant wrote in Parade when I first read the question. But I don't think she said that the host knew which door the car was behind. If I am correct then her response is wrong–if she did give that informatioin, then she is right.
Nov. 1, 2016
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Marie–Very helpful guidance. Thank you.
Oct. 21, 2016
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My guess is that they will be playing party bridge or at the senior center. I will look on Amazon to see the availability of Sheinwold's book.
Oct. 17, 2016
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I was using it for some background to see what order the lessons are presented. I have not told the class about it.
Oct. 17, 2016
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If we're going to discuss non-bridge issues, now that we've disected Nobel Prizes and music, how about discussing Trump? At least the name is bridge-related
Oct. 15, 2016
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Stig, You make some interesting points. Toward the end of the 3rd class, I tried teaching Stayman and it caused a lot of confusion for the beginners. Also, one couple who has played before and is familiar with Stayman was not used to limit raises (not surprisingly). And while I wonder whether I should have taught limit raises, when I began preparing the lessons I used Complete Idiot's Guide to Bridge. It was helpful,although not put together exactly in the order that I felt beginners need. It does discuss limit raises, though.

Cost is not really an issue. I just got the latest Baron Barclay and will look through it. Thanks
Oct. 15, 2016
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In Columbia, Maryland between Baltimore and Washington.
Oct. 13, 2016
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Thank you both.
Oct. 12, 2016
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The Hall of Fame for Great Americans opened in the Bronx, NY in 1894. It probably was the first Hall of Fame anywhere (at least with that name). The first All-Star game in baseball was in 1933. Probably the first All Star Game of any kind, although the Negro Leagues in baseball had an All Star Game later that same year. So it's possible that the term may have been used in a different sport earlier.
Oct. 8, 2016
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“Further, the FDA in the USA is as hopeless as the WBF.”

I hope the 4 people who “liked” your comment, missed that sentence.
Oct. 6, 2016
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