Some years ago, I read the book “Word Freak” by Stefan Fatsis. In the book, Stefan becomes involved in the competitive Scrabble tournament world. He described the games and the personalities that make the subculture so fascinating. Ever since, I have told those who want to understand what is so compelling about playing tournament bridge… Continue reading MOVIE REVIEW: “Wordplay”
One of the more fascinating periods in U.S. history is the era bookended by the beginning of the enforcement of the 18th amendment in 1920 to the Constitution and the ratification of the 21st amendment repealing the 18th amendment in 1933. The 21st amendment still stands as the only amendment to undo a previous amendment. … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: “Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition” by Daniel Okrent
I played in the Sunday Swiss at the Lansing Regional today with Kevin (what’s the deal with seven seven-board matches for the final Swiss?). Things were going swimmingly at 4-0 with 64 VP’s (20 point scale), when… ♠ ♠ KQxx ♥ A9xxx ♥ Q10xxx ♦ Axx ♦ xxx ♣ KQ10xx ♣ J 1♥ 3♣ *… Continue reading BRIDGE: The One Percent Solution
Back from New Orleans to the “real” world. This NABC was the best ever bridge tournament for me. For those that weren’t following, I was on the team that won the Mini-Spingold (0-5000 MP’s). The masterpoint award for that was 100.00, which is the first time I’ve ever won 100 masterpoints at an entire tournament,… Continue reading BRIDGE: New Orleans NABC – Thank you, New Orleans!