A Lifelong Game
Betsy’s Mom recently moved to Denver to be closer to us, her brother, and also her new grandson. She’s also helping us out with childcare which is super nice. One of her biggest concerns for moving to Denver was replacing her frequent bridge game in Nashville.
Well, I like cards and actually have missed playing poker so I agreed to be her partner a few times a month for the game. This required me learning to play bridge!
That was about a month ago and I’ve been to three official games with her at a local bridge club. Here’s what I’ve learned so far:
- Bridge (especially duplicate bridge) is incredibly complex and takes hours just to learn the basics.
- The stereotype of it being a game for an older generation tends to be true mainly, I think, because of the large amount of time it takes to play.
- It is an intense mental workout. There are a number of studies that seem to suggest that playing the game regularly keeps your brain sharp. Circumstantially, I’ve seen this even after going just a few times. There are a few people who play who are, umm, OLD, but they are better at remembering hands than I am.
- I’ve been yelled at (yelled at!) no less than one time by an extremely frail old man who thought I was cheating even though I barely know what’s happening during the game. We are now bridge enemies. I will never beat him, but will frustrate him to no end with my amateur play.
I can tell I’m getting addicted to it. I love the complexity of the game and the secret language that it brings with it. I’m not sure I’ll ever take it as seriously as some, but I can absolutely see myself playing it regularly.
Grapefruit + Watermelon Agua Fresca – It’s officially hotter than Hades in Colorado. I’ve been slamming iced coffee like a crazy man, but just looking at this recipe cooled me down. It looks perfect for a hot summer picnic. (@ Sprouted Kitchen)
How to Grill Ribs – There’s a lot that can go wrong if you’re grilling ribs, but there’ s a lot that can go right also. Namely, RIBS. Here’s a good walkthrough on how to grill a rack. (@ Spinach Tiger)
Have a great weekend everybody!
Any bridge players out there? HELP PLEASE.
Photo by Denise Griffin.