queen-of-hearts-largeThis post is about a kick-off event to get one – or several – MWC Bridge groups going.  Bridge has been the MWC’s most requested activity but we’ve been a flummoxed as to how to organize ourselves given different levels of skill.  SO, in conjunction with HONORS BRIDGE CLUB, we will have an organizational get-together (exclusively for the MWC) on January 11th at 4:15pm where skills will be assessed, lessons offered and skill match-ups made.  There is no requirement that MWC’ers sign up for lessons – but if you want to get started but don’t know how, HONORS is the best place in the City to give yourself a jumpstart.  Members, please RSVP for this event on the Members’ Reservations/ Payment page or respond to the link you will be sent in an email.

bridge-cartoonWhen I was a maladjusted 15-year old who had just moved away from my hometown (and boyfriend) and was making absolutely NO FRIENDS at my new school, my mother hit upon the idea of giving me Bridge lessons as a way to meet some.  She felt very strongly that a bracing afternoon of Bridge was one of life’s great pleasures and, also, that she made some of her best friends through the game.  “Yuck,” my 15-year old self thought.  Well, what was a good idea but badly timed many, many moons ago is now something worth considering at a (much) older age.

Have you ever noticed that a lot of Bridge players are a bit fanatical?  Memory, communication, strategy and tactics all come into it and there seem to be virtually endless layers of play.  For those of us who had Depression era parents, we’re aware that Bridge was one of the best diversions at a time when there were few.  It was also a way to maintain social connections and ward off depression.  There are even studies that say that the area of the brain most stimulated by Bridge strengthens the immune system!

bridge-cWarren Buffet and Bill Gates are among the 25MM+ people in the US who play Bridge on a regular basis – clearly not cognitive slouches!  Gates is so enamored of the game that he has said he wouldn’t mind going to jail as long as he could share a cell with three other Bridge players!  Keith A. Josephs, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic said, “Playing Bridge and being socially active result in better [neurological]performance. Patients are less likely to be depressed; hence they sleep better, tend to exercise more and have a better life in general. They do better from a cognitive standpoint.”

Hey, MWC’ers know a LOT about the many benefits of having active social lives!  Which may well be why a goodly number of us are drawn to Bridge (not to mention MahJong!).  So, if playing Bridge has been on your New Year’s Resolutions list for a few years  this opportunity could be one of the best – and most fun – ways to get started!


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