Reminder - no Intermediate Bridge Lesson for Friday, November 23, due to Loi Krathong.
Posted 17 Nov 2018
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On Friday, November 16, the BCCM celebrated one of its original members. Norman Moreau was in Canada during the summer celebrating with his large family when he turned 90 years old. But this day, his Chiang Mai family was able to celebrate Norman's milestone with a bit of cake.
Best wishes to Norman for many more years.
Interestingly, enough Norman is in his 90’s and his partner today at bridge, David Blum, is 89. Therefore, there was a bridge partnership today with a combined age of 179. I’m betting that is a record for our club.
- photos by Cinda Rankin
- photo bomb by Kob
The Chinese created the earliest known set of playing cards around AD 1000.
Some interesting facts and observations about "Playing cards":
Did you know that the Traditional Deck of the Playing Cards are a strikingly coherent form of a Calendar?
There are 52 weeks in the year and there are 52 Playing Cards in a Deck.
There are 13 weeks in each Season and there are 13 cards in each suit.
There are 4 Seasons in a Year and 4 Suits in the Deck.
There are 12 Months in a Year so there are 12 Court Cards (Those with faces namely Jack, Queen, King in each suit)
The Red Cards represent Day, while Black Cards represent the Night.
If you let Jacks = 11, Queens = 12, and the Kings = 13, then add up all the sums of 1 + 2 + 3 + …to 13 = 91. Multiply this by 4, for the 4 Suits, therefore 91 x 4 = 364, Add 1 that is the Joker and you will arrive at the number 365 being the Days in a Year?
Also, in some card games 2 Jokers are used, indicating the Leap year.
Is that a mere coincidence or a greater intelligence?
Of interest is the sum of the letters in all the names of the cards, e.g., add up the letters in "one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, Jack, Queen, King" = 52!
The ♠ indicates ploughing or working.
The ♥ indicates Love thy crops.
The ♣ indicates flourishing and growth.
The ♦ indicates reaping the wealth.
There is a deeper Philosophy than just merely Playing Cards. The Mathematical perfection is mind blowing.
- contributed by Carmina Meier
[ed: from the internet, original source unknown ]
Read more on this topic at the Chiang Mai Expats website.
- submitted by Steve Ault
Now entering a 2nd month, these well-attended lessons are proving a hit with many long-time members.
Just before the end of October, the BCCM rolled out the Find a Partner feature, to help the membership connect for bridge game partnerships.
We’re excited about this new approach to partnership pairings, and anticipate quick adoption by the members of the BCCM.
In this article, I wish to share the several ways now available for connecting with partners via the BCCM website. The Find a Partner feature is just one of those ways.
The first way may seem a bit old fashion. I remember my bridge-playing parents making phone calls (land lines, with rotary dial) to their list of friends. They generally made play dates at a prior bridge game, but when partners called to cancel, mom or dad had to work the phone to find a last-minute replacement. That’s still an option here at the BCCM.
Making your way to the website’s Member Area, members can access the clubs membership list. You’ll find the email addresses and phone numbers for most players here. You may get lucky with a few phone calls, or with more time, a number of emails to your usual partners and known “always looking” suspects.
Another way is by posting a message to the public-viewable Member Message Board on the Home page (scroll to bottom of page).
To post to this list, again go to the Member Area and select the Messages tab. On the Messages page that comes up, you’ll be able to edit or delete previously posted messages (press Amend button on the message line). To add a new message, press the New Message button.
An editor window comes up. Using the editor is beyond the scope of this document, but there’s a whole set of pre-made messages, mostly related to upcoming game dates. Select from the Choose quick message drop down box (this scrolls to show more prepared messages). Or, if you have your own message you wish to express - maybe you want to sell your Mercedes convertible to a caring bridge club member, or have puppies to give away (good luck with that!) or perhaps your gazillion inch flat panel led TV (now we’re talking), - you can add that in the large text box. You may want to choose an option for the message to automatically disappear after “X” days.
You’re message will show up in your personal message viewing area after you press the Save button. Go to the Home page and scroll to the bottom and you should see your message in the Member Message Board.
This is the third, and perhaps best way for members to hook up with partners. The details of using this feature were sent out in an email, but the Find a Partner Instruction Guide (pdf) is online. You need to pre-plan here. Find a Partner is not going to work if you try to post your Partner Request the night before a game. Give it a few days lead time; the more the better.
I hope you’ll think of using these suggestions for finding your next playing partner, instead of firing off an email to Dot. The Find a Partner feature is especially promising.
If you have difficulty using any of these tools, please don’t hesitate to contact your BCCM Website Manager.
Good luck with finding partners!
Here’s an update to our Bookshelves from Cinda Rankin:
Today, I shelved and reorganized all of the club books and DVD’s. It is nice to see that the library is being used and approximately 20% of our original books are gone. Therefore, if anyone has books they would like to donate, please bring them in and place them in the cardboard box under the bookshelves.
We have hundreds of DVD ready for club members use. I do not know if each DVD is in good condition, so if someone finds one that is not in good condition, please throw it out.
The club also has many bridge books for your use and if the bridge books don’t improve your game, there are lots of travel books, so that you can leave the country. Or if that does not suit, then you can resort to the “Self Help” books that will help you to accept what may be. Good Luck!!
An example of using the Messages feature in the Member Area. This message is public and visible to all.
Have something to buy, sell, or trade? List it here.
For help using any feature on this website, contact me by email.
Sunday 18 November 2018
Erik and Mark 63.33%
For all games at the Oak Tree:
Registration 12:30 to 13:15
(No Late Registrations)
Play starts at 13:30
Pre-Christmas Bridge Session
Friday, 14 December 2018
Saturday, 19 January 2019
10th Anniversary of BCCM
T.B.A. - February 2019
Intermediate Bridge Lessons
Starting October 5, 2018
See details in article on this page.
If you need a partner please turn up at the informal Monday session or turn up 30 minutes before play starts for the Friday, Sunday and Wednesday sessions.
If you are new to the club we particularly recommend coming on Monday since this will give you a chance to meet and partner other members in this practice session.
We cannot, of course, guarantee a partner, but we will try.