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( Aug. 27th, 2008 01:06 pm)
Also a slight wtf: Have been emailed by responsible persons regarding the accommodation for the bridge stuff early this month. Because they think I didn't pay my share, for some reason. My bank account says otherwise, sadly. I don't know if this is something wierd or what, but I am pretty sure I checked that no one owed anything before I checked us out.

It's certainly interesting. I don't know if they're only getting to me now because I haven't been in to the club since and they expected to waylay me there, or if THEY just got hit up by the apartment, or if they've just failed to be organised.

Well, there's nothing I can do about it until I get home on Sunday, so I'll just laugh happily at the silliness of it all and start to choose an outfit appropriate to dancing tonight :D
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( Aug. 10th, 2008 02:00 pm)
I is home after week's bridge on Gold Coast. I is also pooped, and throats is achy (not singing parts of throat, swallowing parts of throat). Lost two kilos. Succeeded in both aims for this tournament - have fun, not come last.

Went to dance class up there on Tuesday night and had really really good time.

Will finish coffee shortly and be more coherent.

Is slightly disoriented by the lack of ubiquitous wave noises.
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( Aug. 2nd, 2008 03:36 pm)
In the airport waiting for my flight. The original flight was cancelled for some reason, and my replacement flight (via Sydney instead of direct) is running late. I'm not happy, in fact I'm darn upset. I'd arranged to meet my sister for dinner, since I haven't seen her since Christmas, and the original flight would have got me into Brisbane about an hour from now. I think. Anyway, the replacement flight gets me there at 8:25pm (or it's scheduled to, anyway), which is a bit too late for dinner.

It's an auspicious start to what I fully expect to be a clusterfuck of a bridge week. We're in a tea of five and we've been informed that the pair who have never played an entire week-long event, AFAIK, will be doing so. Every session. Which, while it means I get 1/3 sessions off, is going to be very bad for them and their play.
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( May. 28th, 2008 01:55 pm)

I've just received the email regarding team jackets for the state bridge teams. We'll be presented with them in a week and a half. Half of me has bet the other half that mine will be four sizes too big - the second half believes it'll be six, maybe eight. If they get one the right size, it'll be a miracle - one year they got me one (size small) which, if the arms had been two inches longer, would have fitted Bastard who is over a foot taller than me and weighs twice as much. That was the only one in colours I liked, too.

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( Jul. 17th, 2007 10:03 pm)
Interesting looking at the results for the Australian National (Bridge) Championships, currently being held in Fremantle, WA. SA's Youth Team have lost only to Victoria, and are a little ahead of NSW, who have only lost to SA. They'll have another two full round robins before the Finals.

In the Women's, SA are placed third, with Queensland and NSW yet to play in the first of two round robins (they get more state teams than the Youth). There are certain psychological play traits showing up in the datums there - which I'm sure I would not be seeing if I didn't know the players (from various teams) in whom they're showing up, so far. *wince*

The Seniors' have Victoria and WA yet to play in this round robin, and have played the Bye (which Queensland and Victoria are currently trailing). I don't recognise the names of any of the players in the teams to which SA have had small losses (two of four matches).

Then comes the Open. SA is coming third, having lost to NT, with QLD and ACT (which [livejournal.com profile] mabraham is playing in) to go, this round. They trail QLD and Victoria by 9.3 and 8.8 VPS, respectively.

Today's Bulletin also has the interesting note under the list of team members: "The names of all members of this team have not yet been submitted". OK, Colts Team, which is usually as many school-age Youth players as can get there and aren't in other teams, and can be anything up to twenty players in a very bad year...
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( Aug. 4th, 2006 05:51 pm)
We WON!!!

Yay! Getting drunk now. ABF Meeting thingy tomorrow. Description of silly hands wot happened yesterday (not to me, and strangely enough, the Colts were not the perpetrators) when I've sobered up sometime.

Also photos of me in my $8 incl. postage Ebay dress. Yeah.

We WON!!!
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( Aug. 1st, 2006 08:05 pm)
Have a session off, this evening. Not feeling quite so crap as I have this last half-week or so - got some bug or other, or food poisoning, or something, and have had difficulty keeping down anything but plain salad since last Wednesday, but I woke up today feeling much better, and have eaten vaguely properly. No longer shivering and sweating like a pig by turns.

Go me. Hasn't seemed to do anything totally horrible to my bridge.

Re: The bridge. I've deleted and rewritten this sentence several times. Let's just say that, at the time of writing this statement, there are 6.5 more matches to go in the round robin of the Teams, and we're still unbeaten. I've seen some good things, and I've seen some poor things. And if the Seniors could please shut up as they squeeze past our table (table 3 in the Open room) to get out, that would be nice, thankyou. It would be very nice if there was a clearly visible funnelling aisle or something, but there isn't one, except for the one between table 1 and the Seniors, which isn't exactly bleedingly obvious, so there's nothing we can do.

Will now do the dishes, check my email and go to bed.

Have fun, everybody.
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( Jul. 29th, 2006 10:33 pm)
We came sixth in the Womens' Butler. Seriously! We lost to Schroor and Kaplan, who came first, we lost more to Driscoll & Greenfield, who came ninth, we lost by a little to Bashar & Moses (first) and Chadwick & Sharp (eighth), and lost by one to Weal & Yule (third) and had a wonderfully fun match against Lusk & Tully (draw, fifth). Actually, the match vs Weal & Yule was a riot - Weal & Yule are from New Zealand and were looking forward to holding up the bar as soon as the last board was finished and being confortably ensconced with decent red wine (or beer) by the time the scores came out.

Pairs was OK. Grumpy grumpy players oh no. Strange strange bridge oooh yeah. One thing I have to say is: if your opposition are playing funky att/count/att depending on the choice of lead, don't ask them what the lead means. Second board after sitting down this afternoon, we were not in the sensible contract of 3NT, instead being in our 4/3 heart fit, making because the trumps split 3/3 and LHO believed RHOs' signals and failed to cash before I pitched it. According to deep finesse, I should make anyway on this deal, but I fear that the clubs do not split 3/3 and so I wouldn't get a club ruff. Instead (poor south!) he lead a club when he could have cashed - into my AKJxx, so I didn't need to ruff them at all.
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( Jul. 25th, 2006 09:24 pm)
Two things:

1) Yay! We got into the third round of the Butler! Yay!
2) Mum, as of the end of the second round of the Butler, owes me another seven beers. Nine if we count the full value of:
3) Doubled defensive beer! *
4) The urge to pull my overshirt over my head and run around the table every time I score another beer card is getting nigh irresistable.
5) OMG OMG OMG we beat Sue Lusk & Therese Tully. Yes, they weren't having the best of sets, but it was a fun, friendly match which we won by 41 to 5 IMPS. I was so glad we weren't playing in the Open or the Seniors, there was this one board where Mum passed me out in my 4NT (Ace Ask - she'd opened a strong 2C, I'd accepted the game try, and was gearing up to look for Grand when she passed OoO. Datums in the Seniors and Open were something like 1200 & 1240 for that board, but only 220 in the Womens' so we still got +10 IMPS)

* You hold QT73, J4, AT97, J42, partner opened 1H, you bid 1S, I think LHO doubled to show the minors, partner bid more hearts, and somehow RHO ends up in 3D which you duly double and lead the ten of diamonds, run round to the Queen. I don't remember what happened next, but partner shows up with a second diamond and led it at some point, RHO putting down the King, which I covered and then plonked down the 9, smothering declarers' third diamond, the 8. Really, I'm stuffed if I remember the sequence of tricks, but we were vulnerable, they were not, and we took them for +1100, which I really liked as the best we can do on that deal is 3NT or 4H making 10, for +630 or +620.

Full deal; I was sitting south:
N: 84, AKT832, 42, AKT
E: K965, 965, KQ8, 875
S: QT73, J4, AT97, J42
W: AJ2, Q7, J653, Q963
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( Jul. 13th, 2006 05:41 pm)

One day, this too shall end.

And on that day, I will not have to be anywhere, do anything, see anyone.

As you might be able to guess, I'm feeling a little overwhelmed. Cut for whiny, self-pitying arghs )

Anyone who needs me to do something more can get knotted. There are other capable people in this world, including yourselves, people! *sigh* Ask me after the ANC (bridge Nationals) - I'll be able to help you then. As long as it doesn't involve weekends, because that'll clash with worktrip, DanceMania, worktrip.

She-Boss is pleased; I've stopped wailing that the world is going to end. The shipment of packing peanuts arrived this afternoon. It's MINE! MINE! ALL MINE!

Oh, and my singing teacher has got in first with a response to the 'I want a guitar' wail. If there's anyone out there who hadn't got around to responding yet, I'm sorry.

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( Jul. 6th, 2006 01:13 pm)
Been meaning to update properly for weeks now, and been too tired, busy, and/or low on life-dice to do so. So here, in no particular order, is some of what I wanted to say, cut because there's a lot of it:
I have a lot to say... )

And a reiteration for those who didn't look behind the cut: I'm looking to purchase an electric guitar to practice on. If anyone has one they're looking to divest themselves of and can get it to me, I'm interested and can be contacted.

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( Jul. 26th, 2005 07:17 pm)
Yay, battling it out with the Bye for last place. I'm really not playing that badly. Yet, there we are.
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( Jul. 4th, 2005 10:46 am)
Well, some time over the weekend, we were informed the degree of subsidy from the bridge federation that we will be receiving in order to help us go to play bridge in three weeks time.

It doesn't cover the accomodation. And Mum and I were pretty cheap for CDB Sydney without staying at the YHA. Mum has booked accomodation, finally. Single room, within walking distance of all venues.

I'll try and persuade Mum to pre-pay the accomodation just so that I can walk up to the committee and say "Here are enough receipts to cover your subsidy. You'll get the rest of the receipts after we go." Mum probably won't, but at least I can try. The amount of the subsidy is, to be frank, insulting. It will cover either most of the accommodation bill (since we're somewhere cheap) or plane tickets, taxi in from and back out to the airport (assuming said taxi is shared between four) or petrol costs if staying with residents or public transport costs, and McDonalds three times a day. 
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The SA team garments for this years' Australian National Championships have been selected for us. They've gone with a reversible sleeveless vest this time. Sizings have been taken.

Click only if you want to hear... )

Some day I shall convince them that fingerless gloves (impossible to play with fingered gloves) or scarves are a good idea.

End of rant. Finished now. For the moment.

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It seems strange that someone could be wearing a dressing-gown to play all week, and the only people who noticed on their own (didn't have to be told) were other under-25s.

It seems strange that we all accept the winning of the 'Victory Dinner Hurling Award' - an unofficial under-25 'award' given to the team with the first person to throw up at the Victory Dinner - could be given as a result of a 16 year old drinking heavily prior to the dinner and no-one blinks an eye.

It seems strange that the only semi-attractive piece of 'representative clothing' that was given to any of the players by their respective state bodies was something organised by the players themselves. Things made of polar fleece featured heavily this year. One of my teammates was wearing his jacket from a couple of years ago in preference to this years, and it was a definite improvement.

The Victorian Bridge Association has play-screens that rock! Not rock as in rock back and forth, because that would be a pain. They're solid, heavy, thick, well constructed screens with a rod in the bottom of the curtain so that it can be raised and lowered easily and efficiently. They're not ugly and hideous to use like ours. I'm hoping to persuade enough people that we need better screens before the ANC is in Adelaide in two years time (my last year in the under-25s and the nationals are in my hometown...)
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( Aug. 11th, 2004 09:59 am)
I am now an under-25 champion at bridge. *do the dance of victory* According to the captains of opposing teams, I played brilliantly all week. One of these captains was severely miffed during the Victory Dinner that I had my name on yet another trophy that he didn't... Said trophy has typos that have not been fixed yet. I particularly like the matching teams for 2001 on the winners and runners-up trophy. Apparently the same six players got both titles.

Next job is to make the people doing the engraving on the honours boards at my local bridge club to put a 'Miss' in front of my name this time, instead of a 'Ms' which is not accurate. And while they're at it, can they modify the other instances?
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I'm not actually writing this. I 'm not here. You didn't hear me.

This is me not having access to LJ. I find that I can't go for long without trying to update it, even if I'm not supposed to.

So far the bridge has been mediocre (mine, anyway), the company wonderful, and the rest and sleep at a premium. I find that this time I haven't had to remind my bridge partner to eat. I've realised that my eyes are deteriorating over the course of a three hour session - and with these glasses which are not as big as the glasses I had for so many years, I tend to look under the focussed area to look at my cards - which is going blurry. Twice today whilst walking or running, my ankle decided to dislocate and relocate itself and it is now strapped up very nicely thankyou Iestyn.

My SO will, by this time, have received the letter I wrote him before I left. I like to write to him about my day, it's much cheaper than phone calls, and I don't feel embarrassed about other people hearing me say the things I write in the ending paragraph - just keeping the home fires burning, you understand. It's also a form of communication that doesn't rely on timing, and cannot be destroyed by power failure. I like writing him letters.

No alcohol until next Saturday, unless we don't get into the finals. I keep getting offered drinks of yummy things and having to say no because I'm being responsible, dammit!

This is me, foggily brainwrecked, signing off.
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( Jul. 31st, 2004 04:12 pm)
I leave in half an hour or so for the airport. Anyone who needs to get in touch with me for the next week and a bit either has my mobile number, or knows someone who does. It'll be off during session times, so calling between 10:30am and 1:30pm, 2:45pm and 5:45pm, and 8:00pm and 11:00pm while I'm gone will be an exercise in futility.

I may or may not have email and LJ access. I don't know. But if I don't you can expect to hear from me next on 9th August.
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( Jul. 29th, 2004 11:46 pm)
I have a list of the things I need to take to Melbourne. The question I keep asking myself is: how big a bag do I actually need? I could probably get away with an overnight bag for the week if I really tried. I don't really need half the stuff on the list. But if I take the overnight bag, there's no room for me to take all those books I need to return to a certain Melbournite. And I really need to exchange those for other ones.

So I'll be taking the big bag after all. *sigh* Now I just need to remember to NOT fill it to capacity. This is very hard. So far, my medications bag is bigger than my toiletries...
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( Jul. 23rd, 2004 04:10 pm)

The ACT team for the bridge next week has, rumor has it, problems with their line-up. You may remember I mentioned that their best pair came fourth in the trials, and so was out of the team by one place. The least experienced pair that got into the team subsequently dropped out (rather like a certain swimmer, IMO), and so they had the best team possible. Now (according to rumor) one of the other pairs is going to have to drop out due to the ill health of one of the players. Rumor also has it that they won't have enough players to field on the first day because there'll be only three people there...

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