Monday, December 7, 2009

NABC is over

I'm back from the San Diego NABC. It was a terrific bridge tournament: The playing site was great, the weather was great, the attendance was great and the entertainment was great.

I flew there on Thanksgiving Day. I've traveled on that day before and usually there aren't many travelers. This time the Memphis airport was busy. I figured I'd see some people I knew on the plane. I set the over/under at three. Wrong. I noticed seven, and the plane was packed, so there might have been others I didn't spot.

Most mornings, I made a short walk to Seaport Village. It's a collection of shops and eating places on the San Diego Bay -- an excellent place to eat breakfast outdoors. In the evening, I usually went to the Gaslamp District on 4th Street. I ate a variety of cuisine -- Indian, Mexican, etc. My favorite meal was at a place called Dobson's -- I had sea bass and mussels souffle.

I met several bloggers, but unfortunately there were some whom I missed. I will post about that tomorrow

Seen on a tee shirt:
Rock and roll . . .
Life is good

Here's a shot of one of the ballrooms where bridge was played. I took it two hours before game-time. There were 14 rows of tables by 24 rows. At four players per table, that makes 1344 of them, if my math is right. This was only one of four ballrooms. This tournament was well-attended.

Image by MOJO and taken with my Canon.


  1. Welcome back! Showing off those rich blues already, I see.

  2. It's amazing what you guys do with the Daily Bulletin. I doubt any other conference in the world puts out a 20-page newspaper every morning.

  3. Looks like just four chairs to a table. With one for the dealer, that's three-handed play, right? Interesting format. Strange that there's no felt on the tables. Where are the dealers' wells, with change-making chips, etc.? Maybe those were brought out later.


  4. Looks like a scaled-down version of the Amazon Room!

  5. Good to have you back. Glad it was a success.

  6. The T-shirt is one supporting the youth players. I bought one last year for a friend, and she has recently been appointed our captain of vice for the Home Internationals next month.

    Seems even more appropriate now.

  7. Welcome back, Mojo. Sounds like you had a great time!

  8. Thanks to all who left comments. Yes, it's good to be home.

    @Jonathan: Think late hours.

    @BWoP: Don't forget this was only one ballroom of many.