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30 years ago, I spent my honeymoon in Paris….what better place? The city of light and love. I remember walking through Notre Dame and being struck by its magnificence…its enormity…and its significance. 30 years later, I am reminded that I have lost 2 loves.
April 15
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I think that someone, even the ACBL, should publish a guideline as to what some actions mean when there is a pause in bidding…or a quick bid. Please tell me what such pauses or quick bidding are suppose to mean. I am not being facetious here.; I am serious!

I come from the on-line world….where a delay in bidding is as likely to mean that the oven buzzer has gone off (and the muffins are ready) or the UPS driver has come to the door…or that I have had an interruptions in service (much less likely in the past few years, but surely likely when I am on a plane or in a hotel room – both more likely in recent years) as it is to mean that I am having a problem determining the correct bid. Folks should clearly recognize that many more folks will be coming from the on-line world to live bridge as time progresses….and they should not be held to a standard that they know nothing about! I understand, but do not necessarily agree that a hesitation means that my p should not bid on….but please – that is so easy to manipulate. Cannot the F2F world come up with some guidelines so that I might understand and while not necessarily agree, at least comply?
April 15
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I always think it is amusing how some folks decide how to spend other folks money. Whether other folks deserve the money or not, it is always fun to watch folks spend money that is not their own.
April 15
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@Chris, if the clubs with teaching programs will always have new players, why are they continually whining that they need more $$$ from the ACBL? Why the bickering about it not being fair that the units gets 11%. What do you think is the appropriate division/kickback?

And yes, some players start off at sectionals – straight from BBO. While I am not sure what clubs are looking for, I am sure that they do not want to share their piece of the pie with BBO.
April 15
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I have a chance to describe my hand to p early and in one bid. Passing now is just going to make it more likely that I will have a BIT on my next bid.
April 14
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@Richard, I read David's post as dripping with sarcasm. In the context of his prior posts, I don't think he believes that the for-profit making bridge clubs are what is making the ACBL or bridge great again.
April 14
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@Richard…I understand that there are no room block requirements in Vegas. In any event, most of the rooms are sold out…..until the cancellation period kicks in, when there are bound to be several rooms available.
April 13
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@Jeff, you are not suggesting that those that closed were bridge teaching centers, are you? Or were they 5-6 table weekly games, that would not have made it had the 11% been thrown their way?
April 12
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Nature abhors a vacuum. When some drop out because not enough money to be made, their spot(s) will quickly be filled….and the beat goes on.
April 12
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@Waltraud, of course I felt compelled to utilize google translate for “platzhirschgehabe”. While it may not translate exactly, I sensed that I understood what you meant when google replied: “top dog posturing”

Recently, there was a women's club game introduced in my area; it runs sporadically (maybe quarterly). While I have never participated in a women's event at the Nationals, I find great joy participating in the event in my area. There is a camaraderie that isn't found in a regular club game; there is a pre-arranged time together (which participants are free to skip) after the game for socializing (at a local restaurant). While the bridge is still paramount, the atmosphere is relaxed and enjoyable. And for me, who does not socialize very much, it has provided a wonderful opportunity to get to know some of the women as women rather than just as bridge players.
April 11
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@Mike, I didn't like the proposed amendment, because it did not seem fair to me. It seems that you want to encourage more participation by those with less than 1500 MP. That seems fair enough to me; but not at the expense of those under 2500 who also fit in the flight. To encourage more in the under 1500 MP to participate, you might propose having an additional flight; one which would encourage those less than 1500 MP to enter. However, to disadvantage a team with one person over 1500 (and all those on the team less than 2500) does not comport with my idea of fairness.

If you would propose adding an additional team for those under 1500 MP, I doubt you would find any opposition. Since there are more than 60% of folks in ACBL under 500 MP, deciding that the flights should be adjusted is not that big a leap. Other than the folks who might be deciding on the flight designation would most likely be over 1500 and less than 2500.
April 1
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I am more apt to think of B.T. Barnum's pronouncement: There is a sucker born every minute. When asked what ?? meant….say nothing, or anything that might assist your side.

Kinda sad, isn't it?
April 1
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It is my understanding that ACBL LC is a general practitioner. She oversees outside counsel, like most in-house counsel would. She is charged with monitoring outside counsels billing and ascertaining whether ACBL is getting what it pays for. She is not, however, an expert in every area that outside council might be choosen for. Rather, she relies on outside counsels' expertise, as most in house counsel would. The real question to be asked here: who selects out-side counsel? I suggest that a follow the money approach might reveal more insights than a mud slinging at the LC might.
April 1
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I've often wondered why both the Young Pairs and the Red Ribbon Pairs were held in the summer. I would think that by distributing the events to different NABC's might be more likely to induce B/C flight players to attend more than 1 NABC.
April 1
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@Marshall, I agree, to each his own. But really? Off the top of my head, my favorite restaurants in Memphis were: Flight, FeliciaSuzzane, The Gray Canary and Texas de Brazil. And those were only dinners. Breakfast and lunch were great too!
April 1
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@Corey, I have seen those take it or leave clauses too (I have even drafted few)…but not for top executives. Never have I seen a top executive accept a take it or leave it clause….and as Employment Counsel (for Employers) for 25+ years, I have pretty much seen it all in the employment context. It just does not work. Gidwani received a standard employment contract. He could be fired for cause. That is what most employers seek. He could not be terminated at whim – which is what most employers want and few, if any, receive from their top executives.
March 31
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Don, I agree. And what draws you to the conclusion that she did not? That she said that the route made was flimsy? From my limited exposure to the BOD, it seems to me that they make their decisions and the rest be damned….even that of legal counsel. Why do you seem hell bent on hanging this on her neck? What additional information do you have that you can share with us?
March 31
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Actually, it was a hopeless approach. Neither the facts nor the law were on the ACBL's side. For whatever reason, the BOD decided that Gidwani was not a good fit. For whatever reason, when Gidwani decided to go to arbitration, the BOD decided to go that route, rather than just settle before the embarrassment. There is little doubt that Gidwani would have received the remainder of his contract, given the rational put forth for his dismissal. From my perspective, the ACBL lost when they decided not to put forth the real reason for his dismissal. Whatever the reason was, it was surely more believable than the sheer punt with the residential requirement.
March 31
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@Don, what makes you think that the contract was flawed? Unfortunately for employers, most employees do not accept a contract which is only in the employer's favor. More importantly, what drew you to the conclusion that “the attorney who approved the legality of the grounds for firing still works for the ACBL”? Let's be clear here, the attorney does NOT make decisions for the ACBL, she does not approve of the legality of the reasons to discharge an employee, rather she present options for consideration to the BOD. Given that there were what appears to be no for cause reasons for breaking the contract, it appears that the LC noted an apparent contractual reason. I would not be surprise if she also said that such reason was not supported by the facts or the law, but it was more persuasive than no reason at all. In short, there is NO reason to hang this decision upon the LC neck. She did not choose to discharge the CEO. The is NO reason to believe that she suggested to the BOD that they could terminate the employment agreement based upon a technicality. At most, the LC can be said to have provided a means in which the BOD would not look absolutely ridiculous, even though they appear to be so.
March 31
Sabrina Miles edited this comment March 31
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Having arrived home, I thought Memphis was MARVELOUS!!! The food was outstanding…and reasonably priced; even the “”high" priced places were, from my perspective, reasonably priced. I am a bit embarrassed to admit that reasonable restaurants influence my attendance as much as bridge does. In any event, Memphis was spectacular in the food department. As far as the bridge goes, in the ballroom, the conditions were ideal: good lighting and pleasant temperatures. In the regional rooms, it was freezing most of the times. I know I went outside to warm up a few times – as well as bring a blanket (wrap) to make myself comfortable. I stayed at the Sheraton, in the North tower, and it was more than adequate. We had an issue upon check-in that was quickly remedied when we notified the desk of the problem.

The folks assisting in Memphis were phenomenal. Great hospitality and great information to get around and do things. I didn't utilize the shuttle bus, but appreciated that it was available.

I liked the trolley….but particularly liked the cheap UBER (and/or LYFT) rides that I used to go to restaurants. MP wise, I have done much better than Memphis, but enjoyment wise, I think this site ranks in the top for me. I can't wait to go back. Next time, I will definitely go for the full 10 days.
March 31
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