Yes, ask anyone who knows me and they will say “Tom really stays busy.” But no matter how busy I am (or stay), I always manage to find the time to try new things. And, I’d also like to think that I manage to find the time to “play” and not just fill my extra hours with work (although I must admit that I do take work home with me more often than I probably should).
My latest “play” activitiy is learning how to play bridge. I happened into this activity merely on a fluke . . . our church was having a pasta supper on Sunday a few months ago . . . the men’s club had volunteered to cook the pasta . . . we were supposed to stop by the church on Friday evening to pick up our ingredients and the recipe . . . I thought that I had signed up as one of the cooks . . . but lo and behold, upon arriving at the church to pick up my pasta and recipe, I discovered eleven people sitting around playing cards (bridge). When I explained why I was there, the person coordinating this activity checked her assignment log, and discovered that my name was not on the list. And, before I could get out the door, I was being asked if I played bridge because they were needing one more player.
Well, I’ve always wanted to learn the game, but had to respond in the negative that I did not really know how (I did let them know that I was willing to learn). They were just needing a warm body and I was just needing a little coaching/instruction . . . a match made in heaven so to speak. It has been a bit frustrating (my perfectionistic tendencies sure wish I was learning these things faster than I seem to be), but it is a lot of fun. I always have enjoyed playing cards and this particular game is no different . . . just a lot more stuff going on (bidding seems to be my biggest challenge right now). But I’m getting there, slowly but surely.
There is another couple from church that is also really wanting to learn, so we’ve arranged for private lessons from another church member (she’s been playing bridge for over 40 years). What a hoot! There’s still a lot to learn and cover, but so far, it has been a lot of fun. I actually bid and played my first mini-slam today — way cool!
One thing’s for sure in my life . . . never a dull moment (perhaps overwhelmed from time to time, but never bored).