“I am a scholar of life. Every night before I go to sleep, I analyze every detail of what I did that day. I evaluate things and people, which helps me avoid mistakes” – Compay Segundo
Every time my team loses when they should win I lose a ton of sleep. While I recognize that every lost match is in the history books, I seem to want to hold on to them for just that much longer. It matters not whether the errors were mine or someone else’s, I will spend hours considering how the hands went wrong, or if I sat our team the wrong way.
The time required for frustration to dissipate is directly connected to how poorly our team played as a whole – sometimes a few minutes,occasionally a couple of hours, or after a particularly ridiculous session, perhaps a week or two. I simply cannot stand my personal poor performance.
It comes as no surprise to me that more than a few of the great bridge athletes of history struggled with addictions of one type or another. The constant number of insufficient hours of sleep brought on by the stomaching of a bizarre or silly loss coupled with the occasional endless discussion of exceptionally interesting or particularly difficult hands contributes to the overall strain on the human body on a nearly daily basis.
Now that I have mentioned it, we do have the opportunity to start a new event at 09:00 in the morning. I will get myself off to bed the moment I figure out how I went down in a partscore….
05:49 25 December 2013 by GS Jade Barrett CsbNews correspondent
“The unfortunate thing about working for yourself is that you have the worst boss in the world. I work every day of the year except at Christmas, when I work a half day” – David Eddings
My wife – Karen – and myself wake up in Albany, New York at 03:45 Christmas morning in order to fly through Atlanta, Georgia on the way to Kansas City, Missouri for the end of the year tournament in Overland Park, Kansas. As full time bridge athletes, it has been well over a generation since we spent the Holiday season at our house.
We are surrounded by many of our friends and family, however, as they also make the trip to the American Midwest to enjoy this traditional year end event. Our teammates make their respective journeys from Louisiana, California and Iowa; upon their arrival we share a good bit of Christmas cheer. The organizers also do a fine job of welcoming the travelers, assuring that they show their appreciation to the participants for their attendance. When it is minus five Celsius outside, we need all the warming we can get.
The Kansas City metropolitan area has been our Christmas season residence these last seven years, and we enjoy the camaraderie of this small, but growing Regional. All the ingredients exist: fine restaurants, great people and strong bridge. We especially enjoy dressing up for the Party Pairs event on New Year’s Eve.
Perhaps we are home for the holidays after all.