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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
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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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Since I am a (relatively) recent member, I choose to research items that are of interest to me (I am certain that there are wise folks who have had the same thoughts that I have); I note that a few years ago the BOD voted down an item about helping folks to secure roommates. Unfortunately, there is little history to research….only the vote. I guess the knowledgeable folks know that most can find partner/roommates.

As someone who travelled to 41 tournaments last year, mostly playing with folks who the partnership desk found for me…and not seeking a roommate, I know that it is much more economical and easier to travel with a roommate, than without one. I also know that those of more modest means would be easier persuaded to attend more tournaments, both regional and national with a roommate.
March 31
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That's how I got to Memphis by Tom T. Hall.
March 19
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I keep hearing this echo in my head: there was no collusion!
March 16
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P's likely to think that I led from top of nothing if I lead the 9 spot.
March 15
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Peter, in that context, I understand why 3 would be forcing.
March 14
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Richard, of course you are correct. I guess I should have phrased my question: why has the partnership decided to make 2 forcing? I was/am interested in the thought process of the partnership deciding to make the 2 forcing.
March 14
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Why is 2 forcing?
March 14
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@Allan, as far as the deterioration of clubs and the failed governance structure goes, what I hear Jay saying is that the clubs need and deserve a bigger piece of the ACBL pie. ACBL won't give it to them; the Districts/Units won't give it to them; and, folks are not willing to pay additional monies (directly to them) so that they might successfully run their business. Jeff B has been advocating a multi-marketing scheme to get clubs more dollars for bringing folks in.

Candidly, I don't know whether the pie should be redistributed. I think it behooves the ACBL to put safeguards in place so that potential club owners do not have to worry (for a particular time period and stated distance) that some newcomer will come in and take away their hard earned clientele.

But bridge is not a one-size fits all model business. Not all folks want or need a full-service bridge club. Should the folks who just want to play cards subsidize the folks who require teachers and mentors to enter the game? To ensure that folks are continually entering the game some incentive must be given to the full-service clubs (which, by the way, BBO is) to sustain and support them and thereby grow their businesses. But how much? When?

It is not surprising that everybody wants a bigger piece of the pie. It is also not surprising that it will take much more work to get 25 folks to reach consensus on the division of assets than it will take 9. One thing that is not needed is a paternalistic attitude, such as: "Our members deserve a high-quality product and should be willing to pay for it.” It is such paternalistic thinking that brought us the Hawaii NABC which incurred a six figure loss.
March 9
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A concise statement of the facts of the Blakely case can be found https://www.leagle.com/decision/incaco20170920030
March 2
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I had to smile at your comment….I did double my p's bid in a tournament. I was barred from further bidding. I am learning all the rules the hard way, one drip at a time.
Feb. 22
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Utter my thoughts? Why, say they are vile and false? (Othello, IMHO, was so much better than Macbeth)
Feb. 22
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Yes, Linda, it is!
Jan. 31
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How does that impact the GNT? From my prospective it cuts down on those “available” to play. Please understand that I have no problem with bridge havin professional players. Indeed, I think the game is best served with professional players. However the proliferation of flight b pros diminishes the pool of available players for those up and coming players who just want to play and (for whatever reason) do not wish to hire a professional. When players with 700 MP want to be paid to play (and there are many such players) the number of players of compatible skill level for those not seeking a professional partnership is diminished.
Jan. 31
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