Sybil Says: Between 1961 and 1984 I attended every Sectional, Regional and National that my working schedule allowed. I bought bridge books galore but never had time to read them. On January1, 1984 I moved into my condo in what was then Leisure World. I had bought my unit in mid June of 1980 while I was still working in Beverly Hills. I loved my job which I had held since our family arrived in the United States in 1960. I was ready to move but my boss decided to delay his retirement. For the next 3 years I rented out my Condo in Leisure World. When the time arrived to move down to Orange County I was still a few years shy of my 65th year. I decided I was not yet ready to retire so found a great position in Irvine. I loved my job and worked there for five years. I am an accountant. The two bridge clubs ‘Guys and Dolls’ and ‘Laguna Hills Bridge Club’ asked me to be their treasurer. I chose the Guys and Dolls as they played at night, which was the only time I could play bridge other than the weekends. My long time friend and bridge partner Ruth Tobe had also moved to Leisure World. With two other friends we knew in Los Angeles the four of us still went to weekend local tournaments. What fun we had. Our friends, Helen Milligan and Ellie Warren, moved to Laguna Woods when they retired a few years later. Ruth and Helen died several years ago. Ellie started to teach bridge at the club. She ran many very successful Audrey Grant classes. She is an avid reader of all books. Bridge books fill her shelves. In 1991 I officially retired. I would finally be able to read, or so I thought. It didn’t happen! Where have those years gone. I became a certified Bridge Director in 1986, ran many games, was club manager and teacher and finally retired after my presidency in 2010, or so I thought…… and the beat goes on! Two years ago I was asked to start a class for people who had never played bridge or needed to renew their knowledge. Still no retirement! In the past year we have been nurturing our new bridge players who took classes first with me and now with Dae Leckie. Some of “the young ones” as I like to call them, are still working day jobs. They can only play at night. We ran a Tuesday night supervised Novice Game throughout last year, thanks to many helpers. In January the Tuesday night game has expanded to 0-50 mps. This is not a supervised game but it will be a limited game so we hope “the young ones” and those people who are over the limit of 20 points will play. So now I have finally hung up my hat! Al Tuckman, a resident bridge player attended the recent Nationals in Phoenix and he brought back a book that sounded familiar to me. It is titled “Adventures in Duplicate Bridge”. He saw its merits for newer players. I looked through my many bridge books and I found a first edition on my shelf dated 1989!! I am comparing the 2 versions. The statistics have changed and the content rearranged and in some cases rewritten. In 1989 there were 180,000 ACBL bridge players. Today there are only 160,000. In 1989 there were 4200 sanctioned clubs. Today there are approximately 3700. This is very sad. I teach my students “To do the Math”. In 25 years we seem to have lost about 10% of the population. We bridge players should be proud that we are not overly smitten by the world of ‘apps’. WE USE OUR BRAINS. If newer bridge players would like a good book to start their collection I would strongly recommend this one. Oh yes; I paid a whopping $2.50 in 1989. Today at Amazon you might be able to pick up a copy for as little as $12 plus shipping. We just did not know how good life was in the 20th century. Please tell your friends about these new evening events. Dae will be starting a new series “Come Back to Bridge” on Monday January 6th and on Tuesday she will take over the 0-49er game, as lecturer and director. They both start at 6pm. 6

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