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Congratulations Lew!!!

And I’m also going to include JoAnna in my well wishes !!!!

Wonderful, wonderful! To everyone. I hope I hit all the “like buttons” !! And thanks Gary, Steve, and Jan - your comments stood out to me. I’m sure when I check back in a few days this list will be very much longer. Full of of celebration!

It is so nice to have something to celebrate!!!!!

I just logged in and saw this first. I’m not going where I was headed. I am now logging out with a smile on my face! Good night all!
Jan. 17
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Thanks guys - I almost didn’t post it because it was non-related to bridge. And my post only has 1 like :-( . But I think bridge and math are connected so I sought comments! I don’t know if I can keep up with liking everything I am reading!!
Jan. 13
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Leonard - yes - I heard of it in first year college (in Michigan) in 1970. But by 72 we were flipping binary switches on a PDP 4? 8?. All binary. So I knew enough about assembly code I didn’t care about the details behind the binary system though it was probably covered in a class. My problem was to get the binary to answer easy questions but I only had a tiny bit of memory to put it in. That mattered more than where the where the binary came from. EE was a lot of math - but a mere fraction of advanced mathematicians.
Jan. 13
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My first programming was flipping switches on a PDP-8 in 8 bit binary. Memory made us have to care. I stil have my original IBM PC. The one with the two 5 1/4” floppy discs. And it still works. I have my DOS 2.0 manual and Basic I. I also have the original Mac+ from before hard drives. And it still works. I was furious when DOS died.

And yes, I still remember the disappointment of the idle day :-p

But my idle days were occupied by creating miles of yellow tape for our CNC cutting machine. Had to lay out the cloth parts and the CNC machine would cut through 50 stacks of fabric to send to the factories.

Back then Computer Graphics was just emerging. The first step in building a car is a clay model and once that’s done they used a digital device and pick up all the data points on the car. So we had a model that was lots of dots. My big program was to develop surfaces out of the data whether it was a car hood, trunk, fenders or whatever. I was fresh out of college so I knew the math. I think the math model used Gordon surfacing techniques. And time to test your program on the graphics was $1000 per hour. The machines were very expensive. And when the program bombed it was bad because I had booked a slot to test on the graphics and was lucky to get an hour here and there.
Jan. 12
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Peg - Of course you wouldn’t. And I agree - they should NOT BE THERE! Anybody who knows you knows you like respectful, grown-up conversations!
Jan. 12
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Exactly right Debbie. You set a fine example that I try to emulate when at all possibe!
Jan. 12
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John - no problem. I suspected that was the case. But at least I read your article. Is the newest one 7,000 pages typed as you said before? How many pages are we up to two years later???

PS - I knit a lot and love patterns. Men are by far the best knitters!
Jan. 12
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Thank you John - great post - but I am not now sophisticated enough to have recognized what the post was about via the topic title. In 1975 I was a Senior in college and the big thrill was to etch on silicone! I was going to be a math major but thought EE was more practical. I could still derive the diode equation 20 years ago. Instead, I learned how to build cars after college and that is a fascinating world. It also led me to my first husband - Howard Weinstein. I try to check BW often but I am very busy. BW has grown impressively in the last two years so maybe some new folks will enjoy this and read your excellent post. I am so out of date now, I can’t figure out Twitter, Instagram, yada yada.
Jan. 12
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John Miller - please don’t pick on me. I hope that wasn’t your intention. I ran across something I found interesting and saught information here. I’m very sorry I missed your post as I would have found it very interesting. I am off to read it now!
Jan. 12
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David Burn -
Yikes! I knew this was big - I am a EE and old and trying to keep up to date. I know it’s a pile of computers - I’m still fascinated and thank you for your update. I know I will learn more from this post. Are the Cray’s gone? I wrote many programs more than 40 years ago - my last program was in 2 big boxes of Hollerith cards that I punched. Down to the basement to run overnight- and did I get mad when I messed up the Format cards. I can still see the single piece of paper I got back instead of my usual 6” high printouts. PL/1 and Fortran were as far as I got - and I was writing stuff when memory usage was still a big factor.
Jan. 12
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Wow! - haven’t paid attention to WBF lately.

I crossed off going to Orlando because I have been there so many times. I’m no expert so a large part of the WBF allure for us is the amazing places we have seen - hubby still has to work so 3 NABC’s 1 WBF and a vacation is hard to squeeze in a year.

I hope it is not at the Swan & Dolphin. I hope it is at the World Marriott. We had Swan & Dolphin for the future but it is not a good venue for our “bridge” demographics so it was deleted, rightly so imho.
Jan. 12
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I’m a leg-crosser at the club. I get kicked often.
Jan. 11
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What about Anna Gudge? I had a nice chat with her in Poland.
Jan. 11
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Gene - you are forgiven for the accidental “i” that should have been a “u”. Sorry I chuckled but I think you should check your second sentence !!

Sometimes I look at the ACBL as a tree. To survive there must be good roots. I think sometimes we forget and start trimming too many leaves on the treetop instead of taking care of the roots. No roots - no tree.
Jan. 11
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So in my neck of the woods in D22 we have 2 of the top 5 (or maybe 10) biggest clubs in the country. In San Diego the club is the excellent Adventures in Bridge run by Wirt G. It’s 100 miles from my house and I don’t know what his card fees are.

If you don’t have a District map in your head, D23 is the ‘doughnut hole’ and D22 is the doughnut. D22 includes San Diego in the south and north until you hit D21. In the east is Palm Springs.

Let me explain a little about the situation. If you go to downtown LA and can’t park for $5 a day, the public goes nuts. In D22 that is a huge issue also. When the NABC was in Long Beach, there was lots of complaining that it was $8 a day to park. That hurt local attendance more than the much higher entry fees by a large margin.

The other giant club is in a retirement community. They didn’t used to allow non residents to play but now they do. What is the card fee? $3 if you live there and $5 if you don’t. I can drive less than 100 miles and play in 9 Regionals a year. We also have a LOT of small one session a week clubs. The club I play in is $6. Most other clubs charge about $10 to play. I have only lived in D13 and D7 aside from where I am now. Our players also believe that their $10 should include a meal. Memory is fading a little but we ran a game years ago that had a $4 per player fee (I think it was the world wide game with the booklet). We know our players so the Unit subsidized half the fee. So, the game, a full dinner and the WBF event was $12. A pair of regulars came to the club and walked out because it was an extra $2 to play - and they are multi-millionaires. So - it’s not about the money - but it is what it is.

And a lot of it is due to being in CA. Enuf said about that!
Jan. 11
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OK - I am looking at REACH. I have uncovered one question I have been unable to get an answer to on my own. I have gotten lots of answers to my other questions without asking either Margot or Jay.

I give the REACH program a great deal of credit for now offering the program to Club Managers. IMHO The District BOD members had no right to make a decision that affected every Club Manager in their District.

But what about the other players that don’t pay the $30 to participate?

If the club they play in participates in REACH do all the players get bits of club gold or are just the ones who forked over $30 eligible for gold as it folds into the Regional?

The Reach info I have found - including reading FAQ’s - as far as I can tell are silent on this question. I am guessing an answer just by looking at numbers.

(yes the so called pilot that wasn’t really a pilot was $25 and the price has gone up 20% before we even really have a program)

I hope the answer is what I want to hear.
Jan. 11
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Hi Kyle - you answered first, and guess what? You know my brother. He is your 1st Alt and District President - in here sometimes too !! Small world!
Jan. 6
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Why does this sound so much like the beginning of Silver Points all over again? What color will the new points be?
Jan. 3
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2 cheapest jumps show that suit and next higher - so yes.
Cue bids are over/under.
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