November 29, 2006
Monday I spent the whole day grocery shopping, tidying, cleaning, laundering, ironing, baking, cooking, and getting the gutters cleaned, and Tuesday it was time to play!
I got in 9 hands of bridge with the American Women of Berkshire and Surrey, about 15 minutes each. I was declarer only once, dummy twice, and defense six times. In one round, I was dealt what's called a Yarborough: zero points and not even one ten: my four highest cards were two nines, an eight and a seven. Not too exciting to play! The odds of being dealt a Yarborough are apparently 1827 to 1. See this math page about the odds of getting really weird bridge hands. If you REALLY like bridge and logic (Mom), try these short Bridge puzzles.
Helene, the bridge teacher-type person in attendance, seemed to have X-ray vision...she always knew what cards everyone had. Very impressive, and a super-helpful tutor. After she had to leave early, the other learner ladies and I surreptitiously started playing O'Hell instead of bridge, and managed (I think) rounds from 10 cards down to 1 without the two other bridge tables noticing. Bridge is all-consuming, you know. To be safe, we called out "1 No Trump" every once in a while.
During the delicious lunch break, I heard the names of so many countries bandied about that I decided to take a survey of where all the ladies had lived. Combining the life experience of the 12 of us, we had lived in 19-22 countries, depending how you count them:
China (mainland and Hong Kong)
UK (England and Scotland)
United Arab Emirates (including Abu Dhabi and Dubai)
One woman had lived in 8 countries! Talk about moving around! I was happy to contribute two unique countries to the mix (France and Switzerland). What a fun place this is to live.
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And given your fine education (both formal and through travel and reading on your own) I bet you even knew where all of these countries are located! I love geography! And I love you! Mom
Posted by: Patricia Taylor | Nov 29, 2006 11:24:36 PM
Actually I didn't know where Brunei was. I had to look it up. And I wasn't sure whether Hong Kong was part of China. And I certainly didn't know which emirates were part of the United Arab ones. I looked that up, too.
Posted by: Katherine | Nov 30, 2006 10:00:03 AM