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Lest I be a subject to anymore humiliation because of my mediocre grammar, I did a little research and it seems it is ok that I did not capitalize ‘internet’: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/02/insider/now-it-is-official-the-internet-is-over.html
Aug. 25, 2019
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I also didn't put a period at the end of the sentence, because it's the internet . . .
Aug. 25, 2019
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“I play 1430 as the primary method for exploring a possible slam”
A little nitpicky, but I would usually not use RKC/Blackwood to explore a possible slam, but rather as a tool to make sure I am not missing two keycards when I already know slam is likely.
Aug. 25, 2019
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We can't all be as mature and articulate as you Hank
Aug. 25, 2019
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Hank, I think the issue is that the price you gave was not even in the ballpark of what is reasonable to expect. If the ACBL negotiated a valet parking price of $34 a day (what others say the local municipal parking garages cost) at the host hotel would you applaud them for their good work? How about if the tradeoff was that the room rate for the hotel was $179 a night instead of $169?
Aug. 25, 2019
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I like (within reason) paying for what I actually use/want rather than paying a set cost that includes things I do not
Aug. 25, 2019
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Sure, if the hotel only fills 7 parking spots a day charging $80 and could fill 300 spots a day charging $5 then I agree the hotel has mispriced how much they charge for parking. Those are just numbers you made up though and I suspect if they reflected reality parking would not be $80 a day.
Aug. 25, 2019
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If the hotel normally charges $79.99 a day for parking, each spot they give to the ACBL for the $5 you propose would cost the hotel roughly $75. Assuming they actually fill a reasonable portion of their lot for $79.99 why would the hotel agree to this unless the ACBL is paying for it in some other way? Especially when it seems that the ACBL has already negotiated a room rate that is significantly below the market rate.
Aug. 25, 2019
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“In the US we used to tip someone for good service. Not sure when that changed, or why.”

I do not know how old you are (that is when “used to” is), but cursory googling suggests tipping in the US has been around for awhile https://time.com/5404475/history-tipping-american-restaurants-civil-war/
Aug. 24, 2019
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So the actual parking at the Cosmo was only $15 (I do not think you can park for much more cheaply than that in most places) and there was free parking across the street at Planet Hollywood. It seems (to me) that this setup was fairly conducive for locals attending. I get that some members of the ACBL are less mobile, but if that is the case (and the $15 is prohibitively expensive) did OP's friend try contacting the Cosmo and explaining the situation (or someone with the ACBL)? I found them very reasonable and they were happy to resolve a situation for me caused by the ACBL travel agent that they did not have to.
Aug. 24, 2019
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I think we essentially agree. My point was basically that cheap parking is not something we should be negotiating for here (because as you say it is valuable to the hotel) and that it is unreasonable to expect parking in San Francisco (or NYC etc.) to be reasonable and that if parking there WERE cheap it would only because the rest of the ACBL is subsidizing it for the few who think it is necessary to drive in San Francisco.
Aug. 24, 2019
Shawn Drenning edited this comment Aug. 25, 2019
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“It is really a matter of negotiating. The host hotels will make concessions to get groups”

Sure, but they are only going to make so many concessions and this is not what (in my opinion) we should use our bargaining power for.
Aug. 23, 2019
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If we choose to hold NABCs in cities like San Francisco, parking will be expensive. The flip side of your question is how many people would we lose if we only held NABCs in places with cheap parking?

Personally, I do not think *most* people really need a car in a big city (I lived in Chicago/NYC for more than ten years without one) and I would actively not want one visiting San Francisco. Furthermore, when I lived in Berkeley, I had no issue getting to/from San Francisco without a car so I am at least somewhat skeptical that the cost of parking will be what stops locals from attending.

It was unclear to me what you think should be done; do you think we should not be holding an NABC in San Francisco? Do you think the ACBL should subsidize the cost of parking? Something else?
Aug. 23, 2019
Shawn Drenning edited this comment Aug. 23, 2019
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That makes sense to me, but seems for many not enough to overcome flaws of 2: https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-2-9acc3eionb/
Aug. 20, 2019
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I had thought too, but a strong player offered that she preferred 2
Aug. 20, 2019
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Yes, my point was just that while I agree with what Marty says, in the alternate universe where they do NOT play Texas transfers it's not clear to me whether transferring to 2 and then raising to 4 should be a slam try. So maybe even with the agreements S thought he had, S misbid the hand . . .
Aug. 19, 2019
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I do not think it is necessarily a worse story this way since it more closely matches real life.

Personally, I would prefer to bid A10x and keep the bidding at the one level if I'm going to have to bid a 3 card suit.
Aug. 19, 2019
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There was a recent Bridgeworld article (the series with arrogant bridge robot) where something like this happened. In the article, they had an overtime where they played some extra boards.
Aug. 19, 2019
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“I wrote this late last night and wanted to finish the story”

I feel part of the story is lost if both N and S are doing silly things.
Aug. 19, 2019
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