20 February 2008
Proof positive that wealth and wisdom are only tangentially related:
Warren Buffett says he's addicted to bridge. To emphasize just how much, he told CBS News, "You know, if I'm playing bridge and a naked woman walks by, I don't ever see her."
I've played plenty of bridge in my day, and at no point in no hand, even the one where the only way to make the slam was for the singleton queen of trumps to be on my right, was this ever the case.
I am, however, amenable to taking part in a test. Be warned: I have been known to open one no trump with only 15 points.
Posted at 10:51 AM to Birthday Suitable
» finding a bridge to Bridge from Flibbertigibbet!
Remember in junior high, feeling overwhelmed by intimidation; being so self-absorbed and consumed that you think everyone must be looking at you and snickering? Well, that's sort of how learning to play Bridge can feel.
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The closest I've ever come to playing bridge, is the London variety.
Even with my semi-addictive personality, I have never become addicted to the game of bridge (but I do have a few years before I reach Warren Buffett's age). What I do hope is that none of my addictions ever get to be to the point that a naked woman passing by won't turn my head.
Could Buffet also have been making a joke about his age? I remember in grad school, one day when one of my (younger, male) officemates was waxing poetic over the (ahem) attributes of one of the new female profs, our graduate advisor leaned over from his desk and said, "That's why it's a good thing that all goes away after you hit 40. No man would ever get anything done."
My officemate did walk around looking a little haunted for a few days after that, though.
(Maybe the experience is different for other men and 40 is too low a cutoff; I don't know. I'm just quoting him.)
I have tried to learn to play bridge for at least 10 years now. Those who know how, are too consumed to spend time teaching a newbie the ropes. I've heard there's a saying out there about bridge - One can't take it seriously enough.
Well, maybe so, but I would like to learn more as a social thing first and perhaps when I'm old, learn to really kick ass at it!
I've taken Bridge classes before and am presently trying a class again. I think I might have found 3 other beginners who will learn with me. I've got my fingers crossed.
Just trying to learn and find a partner has been quite an ordeal...sorta like dating again.
1 NT with 15 points? That should be a suit bid. Learn Kaplan-Sheinwold bidding and feel the joy of opening 1 NT with only 12 points!