Saturday, January 23, 2010

Love Can Build A Bridge

Well, maybe not love - but some practice can't hurt.

Card games. As a child I played the usually suspects: Go Fish, Old Maid, Uno...I also played a lot of solitaire (perhaps having something to do with being an only child?). I remember enjoying cribbage but never remembering the rules. Other than that, I wasn't into cards.

Recently down in Florida I was introduced to a few card games that I thought only existed in the mid 20th century and possibly only on 60s sitcoms: Casino, Canasta, and lastly, Bridge. All of these games contained too many rules for my liking. I mean, I never read the written rules to board games, laugh at gadget instructions, and cut any kind of wash & care information out of my clothes and linens before they've left the bag.

The trick is (no pun intended) to be taught by someone who knows what they're doing and has a load of patience. Playing with people you like doesn't hurt the situation either. Yes, there will be some frustration and confusion, but slowly you will learn (and win!) and become addicted. Now that we are no longer visiting Florida we play online ( which saves us shuffling (note to self: learn how to properly shuffle) and is only inferior when you want to kick your partner under the table for his/her unexplainable move. It's fun. It's relaxing. It's challenging. It's quality time spent together. It's a new skill.

So try a hand of something. Pick a card, any card.

Just don't get too competitive:

After all, it's only a game.


  1. This was a very nice post! I'm hoping your interest in Bridge playing continues because we have such a good time playing with you and Douglas and Leannis. I've found a book by Mr. Goren called "Bridge in a Nutshell" (should probably be entitled "Bridge by a nut who lives in a shell") that I'm going to try to send you to build your confidence.

  2. Thanks, now I find myself playing battleship all night thanks to you. Pogo Help