Sunday, August 9, 2015

Above: Chicago is the location for the Summer North American Bridge Championship.

I'm in Chicago for the Summer North American Bridge Championships being held at the Chicago Hilton. Before you make leave any disparaging comments about Chicago, keep in mind that I was born here, um, well, several years ago. I did a Google search and my hospital is 25 blocks north of where I'm playing bridge.

I qualified for Day 2 of the Life Master Pairs playing with Bernie Yomtov, but missed advancing to Day 3, so I'm taking today (Sunday) off. Next up is the Senior Swiss Teams on Monday and Tuesday. Playing with Sandy McCay, Gene Simpson and Harvey Brody. Then the Mixed Board-a-Match Teams with Sandy and Jay and Kathy Baum. Friday is a sightseeing day, and Saturday I'll travel back to Orlando airport.

The weather here is wonderful. Seems like it is about 80 to 82 each day and a low of about 70. I'm enjoying walking around in shorts and a tee shirt when not playing bridge.

Above: The Willis Tower, built as and still commonly referred to as the Sears Tower, is a 108-story, 1,451-foot skyscraper. Click to enlarge.

Above: Some cities have their subways, but Chicago has the iconic L (short for elevated). From the airport, I took the Orange Line for $3 and a 20 minute ride to downtown. A taxi would have been $40 and a 30 minute ride. Um, you do the math.

Above: Love these lines while looking up at the tracks of the L -- gives an interesting photo op.

Top image from the ACBL web site. The other three taken with my point-and-shoot.


  1. Good luck and have a great time.

  2. Good luck in the Senior Swiss today.

  3. Nice Chicago shots! I lived there for a number of years. You haven't posted for awhile but I hope you did well in the Windy City!

  4. I must appreciate the way you have expressed your feelings through your blog.

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  5. Hi Dave, thanks for the comment on L & L Photography. I'll be posting on that blog page occasionally for awhile. Re your comment: this is a nice time to live in Florida!

  6. Those colors are very popular around these parts. I'd be afraid to hoist the colors of another school! And this store is new in our mall - all they sell are Gator goodies!

  7. Did I tell you I spent my first year of college (1954-55) in Chicago? For fun we'd ride the L downtown and go to a movie. The movies were in technicolor and in big, gorgeous theaters and usually included a full concert by one of the top names of the time, such as Patti Page. Those were the days.

  8. Que bonitas fotos. Feliz año 2016. Te espero en con dos rituales del Feng Shui que podrán ayudarnos a despejar las energías negativas y estancadas en nuestro hogar y nuestra vida, invitando a que la salud, el amor y la prosperidad estén presentes en este año 2016 que esta por comenzar.