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Word has some graphics capabilities. The table function can get you your grid in 2 seconds.
Jan. 6
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Very amusing. Thanks for sharing.
Dec. 17, 2018
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“The nexus of professionalism and cheating is fully disturbing.” Yes, indeed.
Dec. 11, 2018
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“To me, a convicted cheater with any redeeming qualities at all would be so shamed that he would bar himself for life.” Well said, Karen.
Dec. 11, 2018
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This is true. The equivalent of press releases on a Friday before a holiday. The objective is to bury the truth.
Dec. 11, 2018
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Simon, very funny as to the inflections. But that is good acting – making it real. If I were on set as a consultant I would have done exactly the same. However, in real life, I was always amused/infuriated by “one heart”, “a heart,' ”I'll bid hearts“ etc. Reminds me of the old saw, ”Can I have a review with all of the original inflections?"
Nov. 9, 2018
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George Burns. I regret that I didn't ask for a game when I did a series of commercials with him in the 80s.
Nov. 7, 2018
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Randy, I have no disagreement with what you say. It would be a herculean undertaking that wouldn't satisfy everyone. My point is that decisions like the software issues, Hawaiian junket, tolerance of unethical pairs, the pursuit of Olympic status and other stumbles is that the league may self-destruct and cause a new, perhaps better, organization to arise.
Oct. 17, 2018
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Perhaps we should take a cue from those who say that government should be starved to the point that you can drown it in the bathtub. If the ACBL fails because of decisions like funding these BoD junkets (and going to venues where it can't make a profit) it may simply achieve the goal of replacing the league with an organization that is smarter, better, and customer-focused more quickly.
Oct. 17, 2018
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Yes, the Internet and Air BnB have contributed to the problem, but could the root cause be the greedy BoD? Perhaps, like the “Names” at Lloyd's of London they need to reach into their own pockets to make up any shortfall.
Oct. 16, 2018
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CRM is a complicated area. Basically, it can be anything from soliciting customers, to tracking every interaction with the potential customer until you make a sale, to every interaction the now customer has with your company. It can track what they see, when, how many times, and when and how they reacted to your efforts. It can follow up with additional incentives, get “lost sheep” back into the fold, and generally, document the relationship so that strategies and tactics can be put in place to grow your business. Those strategies and tactics and be individualized and some of the broader lessons can be put to use to attract a wider clientele. There are a lot of flim-flam artists in the segment, but the idea is sound. Now, is it right for the ACBL and how did they blow half a million dollars? Those are interesting questions.
Oct. 11, 2018
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I doubt if the venue is the reason for the seemingly paltry North American participation. Could it be disillusionment with the WBF, its response to cheating, and has been noted here, the drug regulations that would require physicians to sign off on the medications taken by the over 50 set? Maybe The Olympic Movement has backup lights on in America.
Sept. 14, 2018
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I was also struck by Lew's comment: “It’s time to acknowledge that bridge is never going to be an Olympic sport. Except for drug testing and decisions of committees of bridge players being overturned by courts, I haven’t seen much progress.” It's encouraging to see a player of his standing to state what is obvious to many of us at lower levels.
July 28, 2018
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Open Pairs is first choice. BAM is second.
June 6, 2018
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Ray – that is a YUGE point!
May 5, 2018
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Should the mission of the ACBL be to “repopularize bridge?” My first reaction is that bridge was popular in a different moment of popular culture. Its time in the spotlight has likely passed. But at one time I thought the same about coffee. It was for old people and terribly unhip. Boy was I wrong about changing that tide. Anyone remember this ad campaign? When I saw it on TV I thought “David Bowie and coffee? That's ridiculous.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7YfmWFLbAc&frags=wn Who knows, it is possible that good promotion could make bridge relevant. But, possibly like coffee, it will have to adapt. In the case of coffee it went upscale. Is there an analogue for bridge?
May 4, 2018
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Yu, the ACBL and the WBF seem to be intent on making the creation of an alternative a reality. Let us hope they succeed. There have been other bridge leagues here in the USA prior to the ACBL.
May 2, 2018
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Michael Kopera – is that the Goldman Slam Try that Mike Lawrence often advocates?
April 16, 2018
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William Safire wrote about this on many occasions. “Thomas Hobson ran a rent-a-horse agency for the hard-riding scholars of Cambridge, England. His system was not customer-friendly: renters could take only the next available horse, thereby saving wear and tear on the more popular models. This led the poet Thomas Ward to coin a phrase in 1630: ”Where to elect there is but one/ ‘Tis Hobson’s choice, – take that or none.“”
Oct. 29, 2017
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I will tune in.
April 27, 2017
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