Another bridge milestone–sectional master! Three levels have been “conquered” since December 2019 when I first wandered into the South Jersey Bridge Club in Cherry Hill, NJ, when there were things like bridge tables, bid boxes, “noshing” and kibitzing!
I would like to take the opportunity to thank some people who have helped me in my journey. First, Lou Minter, a wonderful teacher from Los Angeles who I met on a cruise to SE Asia in 2019–he kindled the flame. Secondly, my teacher in Cherry Hill, Becky Levinson, who has been patient in nurturing me along the way. Thirdly, my bridge partner, John O’Rourke. We are having so much fun, learning enormous amounts about bridge, enjoying our success and becoming good friends, even though I have only physically met him four times since April when we played our first virtual hands. Correct, we have never physically played bridge together at a table!
But, most importantly, I need to send a warm embrace to my wife, Carol. She has been more than patient, understanding, supportive and tolerant! I know that I am playing way too much bridge (in addition, reading bridge notes, articles, books, using flashcards and taking Zoom lessons), and I now have to ask permission during the special tournament weekends! However, she knows that I derive great pleasure while I continue to absorb all the intricacies of the game! To my best friend and love of my life, thank you!