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Huge Irony for the Dylan song title since Mobile is a really great town….I would gladly be stuck there any time
March 21
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David, I think you forgot about Hall & Oates, “You Make My Dreams” That song rocked.
March 11
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Stu, if I am understanding, the total loss to the ACBL is $680,000? ALso, there will be a hit taken by the Hawaii unit. I frequently attend the Hawaii Regionals at The Prince (Great Regional, Great Hotel) but would not dream of heading back in January after my recent 2 weeks in Honolulu. Lost in the fallout of the financial disaster in Hawaii is that a great tournament will also be taking a hit. (Granted, a small number when compared to $680K but some units are really up against it financially these days)
Dec. 12, 2018
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Hi Chris!

Well stated. Just in case reincarnation exists, cheaters should also be banned in their next lifetime IMO
Dec. 12, 2018
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Thanks, Roger, for taking the time to provide these links. A quick review of the documents you provided raised two additional questions in my mind:

The printing and shipping costs of the monthly Bulletin are roughly $1.1 million. Given that total ACBL expenses are in the $17 million ballpark, far from a de minimus amount. Has the ACBL given serious thought to having the Bulletin go online? In District 22, we made the shift about 1 year ago for our monthly District publication in order to save significant money.

The other item that caught my eye was Travel and Entertainment expenses of $1 million. I would be very interested in the breakout if any knowledgable person would weigh in.
Dec. 7, 2018
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Sabrina,

Let's assume that you are correct that there was no self-interest by Board members in their Hawaii selection (certainly possible). The alternative actually bothers me more since it implies a substantial lack of financial oversight.

In this day and age of face time and phone conferencing, I do not think ACBL members should be on the hook for paying significant Director expenses to Hawaii on top of what were known losses.

My comments on the Hawaii financial losses were based on conversations I had with several Directors last week in addition to the budgeted table count ahead of time compared to the dismal actual table count.
Dec. 7, 2018
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Hi Finn!

You are definitely on to something. I think you will get your wish to a large degree thru good ole capitalism. The declining membership, coupled with increases in convention/ballroom rental rates will help toward your “goal.” Locally, venues in both Riverside and San Diego are really raising rates.

Having just played in Gold Coast in February, there are several factors that are making bridge “down under” very vibrant compared to the States.

1) People, while competitive, are generally quite friendly. Their cadre of young players seems relatively greater than in the States, perhaps not so coincidentally

2) The organization in the Gold Coast is amazing. Can you imagine a Swiss tournament where 220+ teams play the same boards and each of the pairs in a Swiss event have their own datum against the field?

3) Toss in the fact that Gold Coast has affordable room rates and is right by the ocean and, viola!

Best, Rick
Dec. 6, 2018
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ACBL Board is not at all like Congress since representation is not population-based. See comments on disparate populations within a district – actually, more like the Senate.
May 11, 2018
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Bob, given your background, I am really happy you checked in. For us non-political folks, what is your recommendation for the best way to encourage change in this regard?
May 10, 2018
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No Synchronicity as that was the baliwick of the Police (1983). :) :)
May 10, 2018
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Hi Samantha!

We miss your visits to the States! Please return soon.

In regard to the 7 keys to aging well that you specify, I would argue that items #6 and #7, diet and appearance, are clearly correlated to #1, social connection. People have their pride. The import of social connections beneficially spills over to diet and appearance.

Take a look at all the senior citizens at a bridge tournament. Given that their optimal physical appearance may now be 50 years in the rear view mirror, many still take the time and effort to maximize their physical appearance in a social setting.
May 9, 2018
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Jim's considerable prowess as an estate attorney may supercede his bridge skills
April 27, 2018
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Many thanks to the Diamond team for the thrilling comeback that capped a wild “double comeback” miracle day (earlier in the day I had gone to the Blue Jays game. Down 10-4 in the bottom of the ninth, Toronto amazing won, 11-10, on a walkoff grand slam)
Aug. 1, 2017
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Congrats….well deserved !! ( I would sadly note this is the 3rd straight year we have been leading the event in the 4th session and not won…a real record of futility)
July 26, 2017
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I greatly admire those excellent bridge players who have significant talents in other realms. Peter was a great example of somebody with numerous talents outside the bridge sphere.
Feb. 13, 2017
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Paul,

I appreciate the spirit of your comments. Believe me, I have been trying to get multi reinstated in National USA pair events for years and have been thwarted by Bob Hamman and his acolytes. I regularly tell people that the LOL's who play in Sydney bridge clubs have absolutely no problem playing against Multi.

However, I think it is best to think of bridge as a two-tiered game (By the way, I am hard pressed to call a game which has a lot of fat, out-of-shape people as a “sport” as you characterized our great game). I agree with you in regard to the elites of the game. However, a totally unregulated game will turn off the “rank and file” who already have to scale what John Uchida accurately called a steep learning curve. It is this steep learning curve that is a turn off to many.

Bridge will never come close to the popularity it enjoyed 50-70 years ago for many reasons so I do think it is a mistake to assume that the decline of the last half century is largely due to overly restrictive rules….

In the USA, I have long favored a far less restrictive approach in National events and something a bit looser than the current structure for non-National events.

If posts like yours can shame our powers that be to reinstate Multi in the USA and are the catalyst for a few other common sense changes, please keep your posts coming!
Jan. 2, 2017
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classy guy. RIP
Dec. 21, 2016
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Cool idea, Eric! And about as imaginative as your declarer play of the Q from AQ tight in the Reisinger!

If this idea is considered too radical, I have another thought which would somewhat improve the current situation. In the European Open Pairs Chamionships, everybody plays the same 10 boards at a time. Then a break is taken. 50 boards per day. The general idea is that there are fewer “at risk” boards than under the current ACBL approach.
Dec. 17, 2016
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In retrospect, I am a bit troubled by the upshot of what happened. I was on the committee and felt that the table result should stand but that a PP be assessed. A very experienced director felt that a PP was inappropriate because of the relative lack of experience of the pair. I have a lot of respect for said director so I backed off. But it feels wrong to let this pair get off entirely Scot free.

In bridge heaven, every board would be played behind screens…But for us mortals, it seems best to try to curtail the use of UI in a firm but even handed manner.
Dec. 17, 2016
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Matthew,

Nice shot, my friend! Of course, there will be some complaints and some dislocation but surely some improvements can be made.

For example, in my Southern California neck of the woods, there is a glaring problem begging for a solution. For at least a decade, I have advocated that the financially unprofitable Los Angeles District 23 be absorbed into the financially affluent District 22 which geographically surrounds 23. Not only would this make sense from a streamlining standpoint, it avoids the problem of Regionals within a couple weeks of each other that has occurred and has certainly diluted attendance at both. This is really a no-brainer. However, the loss of one seat at a table makes suggestions like this politically improbable. Sigh!

PS – This recommendation is anti-self serving since it is easier to win D22 GNT without having to contend with the Meyers/Davis/Dunitz team.
May 11, 2016
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