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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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Probably if the greats of 50 years ago played under today's systems they would not do as well. But if the greats of today played under the systems of 50 years ago, many of them could not do as well either. In both cases, the greats would adapt to the environment.
Oct. 4, 2016
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Why does the monkey need a typewriter to lead a card? Of course it needs a typewriter for the Works of Shakespeare
Oct. 2, 2016
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“It matters not whether you win or lose, it's do you beat the point spread.”
Sept. 30, 2016
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“The French hate the Germans, the Germans hate the Poles. They all hate South Africans, South Africans hate the Dutch. And I don't like anybody very much!”
Sept. 27, 2016
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“Or reprisals by college students, or the KKK or the teachers union. It isn't just about government, and requires the government to allow equal treatment (not mashing everyone down).”

Not really true. At least the First Amendment has nothing to do with private censorship of speech.
Aug. 28, 2016
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Thought problem for those who may NOT be offended:

Would you feel the same way if it had been Clinton, Johnson or Stein?
Aug. 28, 2016
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Those 5 questions are quite innocuous. Maybe some better ones would be, Did you cheat for money, prestige or other reasons? What is your greatest regret about cheating, except that you were caught? Would you publicly apologize to the people you cheated and for those who you know, tell them personally that they were wronged by you?

Others here likely could find better questions than these.
Aug. 26, 2016
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Who would provide the directors, and more importantly, who would handle appeals?
Aug. 23, 2016
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Better late than never?
Aug. 14, 2016
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I knew it from the great sixties TV show, “Get Smart.” Maxwell Smart always wanted to use the “Cone of Silence” to discuss things he thought should be classified. The problem was that the “Cone of Silence” NEVER worked properly, and just wasted everyone's time and energy.
Aug. 11, 2016
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"There's more to it than just the CoC, Greg. You have to look at why Lebanon did not play against Israel.'

Because players from Lebanon and some other countries are given free passes for their Nations' political hatred
Aug. 4, 2016
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You may have meant well, but the first part of your sentence was insulting. I've played in a couple of Regionals and several Sectionals, although this was my first National. I have made many speeches in hotels and know that they usually keep the temperature cold. But last Sunday in a different room, the temperature was pretty steady. I usually carry a sweater and wore long sleeves yesterday. And I guarantee you that people with sweaters yesterday were complaining about the cold.
Aug. 1, 2016
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I played today in the Thurgood Marshall room. It was so cold that myself and others took tablecloths from a room in the hallway to cover ourselves up! The director was helpful in trying to get ot warmer, but the hotel did not do anything, even when they were told by the director about how cold many of the players were.
July 31, 2016
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