THURSDAY, JULY 26TH, Open Pairs & F Alberta Peterson Scholarship
On Wednesday, President Irwin ran a shuttle service, picking up the early ABA arrivals. I was fortunate to be outside when he came to pick up Warren & Tamara---just jumped in the SUV!
Thank god! Was trying to get a uber ride but didn't know how to do that.
The hotel is located in a rural area right off the I35 expressway. It apparently was one of the finer hotels in years gone. There are interior balconies on all floors which overlook the swimming pool. The playing area is spacious and the tables are nicely arranged. Director Echols makes an attempt to keep the place clean and the tables in line.
OPEN PAIRS, 3 PM
1. Mae & Lionel
2. Bil T & Womack
3. Daisy Smith - Brenda Polk
4. Rox Phoenix- Shirley Lee
5. Mary MYoung- Hank Irwin
6/7 Eric Shelton-David Smith/Zette Evans-Gloria
FA PETERSON SCHOLARSHIP
2. Alice- Bill
3. Lillye Holley-JA Lee
6. Gloria - Zette
"C" 1. Don Scott-Angela Jones
3. A Marley - Ermine Morris
4. C Hiles- E Kirkland
1. Mildred Green-Lois Frances
7/27 Side Gane
1. Leon - Aldis
1. ALEXANDER, Larry Cooke, Janet Waymer, Hedy Echard
2. IRWIN, Mary Young, Pruitts
Friday, July 27th
Speedball Swiss & Belsaw OP
Had an interesting chat with Miriam Womack who was a bridge director when I first met her. The interesting thing is that she and her late husband would frequent Las Vegas at least twice a year and she used her bridge earnings to finance her trips to Las Vegas where she was a successful gambler.
Met up with Dottie Maxie (?) now of Houston who at one time lived in the DC area. She Reggie and Jewel were a frequent trio in and around the tournament area.
We were wondering "which one" until Dottie left to get married.
Missing: Reg & Jewel, Winston & Regena, Jim Hunter, Louis Allen, Cheryl & George.
1. Bill- Alice
2. Lionel - Dwight
3. Eric - David
5. Harold B & Jerrie T
"C" 1. Sandra True- Lewis Cleveland
1. Gladys Randall- Joanne Thompsom
2. Zette - Gloria
3. Daisy S - Brenda P
5. Alice Brown - Jerrie Thomas
"B: 7. Cathy Chiles-Annie M
AFTERNOON SIDE GAME
1. Don Scott- Angela Jones
4. Roz D- Shirley L
9. True - Cleveland
10. Echard - Waymer
C" 4. Schoolers
Saturday, July 28th - AM KO begins/Men's & Women's Pairs
Long chat with Gladys Smith who is the newly elected Eastern Section Vice President. She ran as an underdog against two formidable opponents and won handily. Plans to work on restoring the Eastern Section back to its glory. No one has worked harder for the ABA. She recognizes the problems we face and is ready to lend a helping hand. Ran into Shirley Dillard & Alice Faye, both former New Yorkers who live in Georgia and North Carolina respectively. We chatted about children, grandchildren and bridge affiliations. Got a free lunch by not having maid service for two days--you otta try it.The mystery of Daisy Smith's missing purse has not been solved. It was returned to her room with everything intact. Thanks be to God.
Afternoon Side Game: 1. Larry & Eric; 2. Roz D & Shirley Lee;9.Ragland-Raymond
Evening Side Game: 1. Lewis C - Sandra True; 2. Mary Ann - Dottie Steverson; 3/4 . Roz - Shirley Lee/ Raymond/Ragland ;6. Eric - Larry
MIXED PRS FLIGHT A
The MEMORIAL SERVICE was held in the Magnolia Room and began promptly at 10:00 AM to a filled room.James 2:1-10, 14-17 was the chosen scripture to see the readiness for the sermonette which was delivered by the Rev Dr Margaret Aymer entitled "Show Your Work".The sermon hymn was "I Need Thee Every Hour" and "Spirit of the Living God" preceded the prayer.Her sermon took us down memory lane to a typical geometry class where axioms and proofs are the central focus. I almost flunked geometry because I couldn't remember the proofs for mathematical "whatevers". I had to MEMORIZE the proofs--got 85 on the regents. Also, geometry and even some math today has you show proof for your work. I remember grading elementary school math where the students had to show HOW they got their answers. In Leviticus 19, the 10 Commandments were re-phrased. She listed each and said if you believe in these, you should show it my your works. There are no exceptions for the rich--if the scripture is the axiom, how does it lead to the proof? Put into practice these things you say you believe.To demonstrate means to show the consequences of your words of faith. Faith without good work is dead. OFFERING: We gave our offering singing "Every Praise is to Our God". MEMORIAL: Each section vice president read the names of the recently deceased members in their section. This was followed by a violin solo with piano accompaniment -"Through It All". Closing remarks by President Irwin reminded us that without God, nothing is possible. Our deceased members have moved to another location and we will see them again. We were admonished to let our love for one another be shown in our works. BENEDICTION: Let's run on and see what the end will be. The Recessional song was "O Happy Day".....We moved next door and were guests at a wonderful Gospel Concert featuring Wesley Bray and Company. There were about 6 muscians/singers who entertained us with lively gospel songs.
This was a good morning! Deborah Duncan was the soloist and Francis Robinson was the Pianist/Violinist,
We were glad to be in the number one more time!
Thank God for Uber! From the hotel lobby, booked up a spot on the double-deck bus to tour Austin. Rode to the Capitol Tour Center by mistake and later had to walk about 3 miles to the Austin Tour Center. Took a tour of the capitol building which is beautiful and was built by slave and immigrant labor. Lots of hand-carved wood on doorways and staircases. Did you know that there are FOUR FLOORS under ground? You really can't tell because they left opening so that natural sunlight can go all the way down. Then, they have hedges surrounding those openings where sunlight enters the "cellars". Heard much talk about Barbara Jordan and her contribution to Texas. Heard also about Audie Murphy, Texas hero but western movie star. Rode back to hotel and over to Pappadeaux and got a takeout lunch. Went into the playing area to see who wa playing who. Saw some easy match-ups but also saw some that may produce a surprise. Went to kibitz Larry Rich who was playing with Julius Fields. Julius holds his cards so tight, I wonder how often he pulls the wrong one. Watched Larry and told him that I'm more aggressive than he. He had a good 6-5 and bid it slowly. I would have been in game going 2 tricks. He went down one--his partner had nothing!!
Took photos of the team line-ups and came upstairs. The players I know are fewer and fewer. Many have crossed-over and others have health issues.
Surprised not to see Clarice Reid, Harold Minus, Cheryl & George....
Tuesday, July 31st- Teams continue/ Second chance teams begin
The Austin planning group has done a fantastic job with planning this tournament. It's too bad that more ABA players are not here to witness "Southwestern Hospitality". The Hospitality Corner appeared to be open all the time. The vendors' corridor was filled with clothes and jewelry. The host group was distributing kits, caps, tickets and good advice as to where to eat or where to go. Activities were planned to unite us a a group. Aside from fraternity, sorority and social service organizations, this year they included tees of alumni groups and of your favorite entertainment group. Many tees from the HBCUs were evident. It was interesting to note who went to which schools. On the sorority/fraternity/social action club day not too many wore their colors. The Deltas and AKAs are always in great number---not as many as usual. I only saw one Alpha shirt and hat and Director Echols wore a purple tee.
The hotel is on the edge of town, off a throughway and almost rural. I imagine that in the day, this hotel didn't accept any people of colour as their guests. The decor is really good with inside walkways on 5 of the 6 floors. The pool and lounge were off the second floor. Downtown Austin was totally different----skyscrapers and historical buildings, much like New York or Philadelphia, etc. Happy Hours were posted, either between sessions or after the third session. The restaurant featured an ABA special each day for just $10, but more players were across the "road" at Pappadeaux, a well-known seafood restaurant. Then it seems like many of the ABA players disappeared from Pappadeaux and I'm told that there is a Popeye's joint around the corner (lol).
The Open Meeting was well attended and it appeared as though the members were there to offer help and advice as to how we can avoid repeating situations that get us in the red. I heard no mean critiques of anything--they were seeking information and clarification.
I missed several persons who usually attend the Nationals and I thought they would have responded to President Irwin's plea to have them attend so that we may get more room-nights. Unfortuanately, the ACBL National tournament in Atlanta is running concurrently with our tournament here. We see familiar names popping up in the winners' columns.
I've seen the bats, visited the LBJ Library, took a double-deck bus tour, been driven around town, took a tour of the Capitol bldg. Now, I'm off to San Antonio!!
August 1st-Membership Meeting- Awards Brunch
August 2nd- Teams _ Goode National OPs
August 3rd- Pro-AM/HAM- National Swiss
EASTERN SECTION_ HOSTS OF SPRING NATIONALS 2019
The Mid Atlantic Section is the birthplace of the ABA.