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Jeff, I'd go to Reno - but I'm with you about it not being a popular spot for me. Yes, the room rates are a bit lower than a number of other locations. But - getting there is an absolute bitch, with weather, altitude, etc. often causing major headaches.

And another minor irritation for me is the high number of smokers AND places that allow smoking. I don't begrudge those who wish to smoke their right to do so. But - when there's so much of it and it begins to infringe on my ability to breathe and see (it irritates my eyes), then I'm a less happy camper.
an hour ago
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I saw my DD last night at a game. She knew nothing about this.
an hour ago
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“If nominated, I will not run. If elected, I shall not serve.”

Appreciate the thought, though, David! :D
16 hours ago
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Sabrina, while I don't know what each individual director does during their term, I nevertheless essentially agree with you. Many do tons of work and try hard to help members and our game. Perhaps there is something I'm missing. Overall, however, I, too do not begrudge them entries, airfare and rooms to be in meetings all day long - not to mention all the hours and weeks that they spend on Board issues.
16 hours ago
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The state of Hawaii? Christopher; do you think they just voted that child care in hotels is now illegal?

I'm not sure exactly what happened either. But - IF it is that the care was cancelled last minute by someone other than Donna or the ACBL, then I know this. I'd be talking to LOTS of people until I got things changed so that those who were promised child care would be getting child care.
17 hours ago
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Andy, if I had shelled out $2K-$3K for flights I'd then lose, I might simply attend as a vacation and not play myself.

That being said, truly a lousy “solution” for those who wanted to compete AND have the commitment for child care honored.
22 hours ago
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Richard - truly a bitch, is it not, when you are dealt the WRONG singleton?!
Nov. 14
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C'mon. “Penalty” means “I think that we can beat your contract.” That may be because doubler has the preponderance of points; it may be because they think they can take enough tricks on the go. At least opponents know that “double” doesn't mean “I have a single suited hand” or “longer clubs with a major” etc., etc.

As for the CC, I have sympathy for Kathryn. As far as I am aware, the laws are clear. If your bid of a suit is natural, then you write that. If a suit bid shows that suit and another, or a higher suit, or majors, or minors, then your CC should state THAT. Not the name of some convention, be it something “popular” or something that 9 people out of hundreds play.

Yes, you can ask. And if you need more info than there is space on the CC - ask away. (What else can one do?)

But if the explanation is fairly simple and straightforward, as many are, then just PUT IT ON THE CARD!

I play Capp and mark: “single suit”, “majors” H & minor“, ”S & minor" in the proper place.

How hard is that?
Nov. 14
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On so many levels, this is exceptionally disturbing to me.

I cannot imagine what my own anger and frustration would be if I'd already purchased flights and hotel rooms to attend the Hawaii NABC, only to be told that essentially I won't be able to play because I have a child and no child care available.

Much of the time, I am not as critical as others might be. I realize “stuff happens” and that sometimes, the bad stuff that happens was, to a large extent, out of the hands of organizers. I believe that many of the people who serve on the board and work at ACBL try their hardest and aim at doing a good job.

That being said, more and more Hawaii seems like a fiasco. I guess we all knew in advance that costs would be significantly higher than most NABC's - but - with the changes in hotel booking, the League's bottom line will likely be damaged more than usual.

Some of us (ME?) predicted that the schedule would be daunting for some. While apparently I don't have much company on this issue, from conversations, I know I have some.

And now this with the child care? What is the real story? Is there really something going on with insurance (and if so, why isn't the League fighting back to get the insurance reinstated as it was promised?) If it is, as some statements seem to indicate, lack of business, then this is my belief. If you promise something, then you provide it unless you absolutely cannot. IF it is fewer people signing up for child care than expected, then the League should find a way to have Donna still provide it. If they have to do so out of ACBL funds, then I would do that.

As someone who works and essentially is her own boss, this is what I live by. If someone is harmed by my own actions, then I take responsibility for it. I like doing well financially. But living up to commitments, honesty and delivering what I promised I do to the best of my ability.

Again, not pointing fingers at specific people as there is much of which I am unsure. Overall, however, I feel strongly that we need positive change.
Nov. 14
Peg Kaplan edited this comment Nov. 14
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Peter, I might qualify your above statement in this way. “The most CHALLENGING play is playing bridge with one's life partner”…

I know a few couple's who ARE able to accomplish this task almost always without rancor and big emotion. My hat it off to ‘em! It’s TOUGH!
Nov. 14
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Steve - of course, I assume you are thinking “IF you can afford the event entry fees…”!!
Nov. 12
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Gotta love this quote:

“If you like drainage, this is your place!”
Nov. 12
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Home of SLIDERS?!? Can we have an NABC EVERY year in Columbus?! :D
Nov. 12
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WHAT JAN SAID! I liked Providence a lot! (And if you think Providence is cold, then let's schedule an NABC in mid January MN for all the p-ssies out there who can't deal with some brisk temps.)

As for Columbus, ONLY a guess, but my guess is that at least some aspects of the tournament will be less expensive in such a location.

I know some people come to an NABC to wine and dine and some come to sightsee. I like to come to PLAY BRIDGE and see my friends! If more people can afford to attend, I see more friends so it all sounds good to me!
Nov. 12
Peg Kaplan edited this comment Nov. 13
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Don, your post above entails more issues that I don't quite understand.

I DO understand that local sectional and regional organizers want to “do their own thing.” Yet, couldn't they be allowed to do that, withe ACBL still taking advantage of the power of how many hotel rooms we use each year?

For instance, what if ACBL told all units and districts, “IF you use ‘x, y and or z’ hotels, then you get get better deals because of our buying power.” Or, what if ACBL put together stats and figures and showed areas how our rates AND services at specific chains could be improved if they were to use these locations?

Lots of different ways to construct it. But - it seems it would serve us all better if we harnessed the power of our combined tournament numbers and strength.

Again, I'm pretty ignorant about all this stuff. Yet, I do understanding working together, negotiating and so forth.
Nov. 12
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I had always thought that the statement “ACBL largest booker of hotel rooms” referred to ALL the tournaments that are booked at hotels; sectionals, regionals, NABC, etc.

BUT - given that the ACBL does NOT have anything to do with the details of sectional and regional booking - I'm not sure how it all quite fits together. (I am very VERY ignorant of any details about booking sites for any sorts of tournaments. Only making a point about “who is in charge” for the various TYPES of tournaments….)
Nov. 12
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Ben, in my mind, once you pass it is tough for partner to appreciate you have the shape and values that you do.

I view having only the jack in hearts as a plus that (in theory) I do not have wasted values for partner.

In my mind, often difficult to play “catch up” when you fail to do something earlier that others might expect with a particular type of hand.
Nov. 12
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Chris; tell us how you REALLY feel! :D
Nov. 11
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I can even compete against myself, Paul! More than once, someone has looked at Bill, aghast. They'll inquire, “Is this the worst bid/play she's ever made?!”

“Not even in the top 10” is his usual rejoinder!

The sad part is - he is correct ……… :(
Nov. 11
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All I can say is that if Anne thinks this is the worst play she's ever seen, she should play with me for a few sessions. :D
Nov. 11
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