Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 4/7/2016 (1228 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Attending high school at Dakota Collegiate was a long time ago. I still look back upon that time, however, with fond memories. Sporting events, wonderful teachers who impacted me, developing friendships...
I feel blessed that several of those friendships have survived and are still strong today. It has not been easy to stay connected but it has been well worth the effort.
Another memorable activity back in those days was playing bridge. It was more entertaining than studying... that’s for sure.
Yes, we partied some in high school but on occasion four of us spent a Friday night playing hours of bridge. It was fun.
I did not realize that bridge was also a game that taught life skills. Bridge engages the mind, which has always been important but as my friends and I enter retirement age, exercising the mind is critical. In bridge you use mathematics, analytical thought, and a little psychology.
At the kitchen table, bridge can be very social. Duplicate bridge, where the cards are passed from table to table, is more formal and I guess more serious but it is still enjoyable and I have met a lot of great people. Games at the Manitoba Bridge Centre on Chevrier Boulevard are tiered so players of the same calibre often play against each other.
But back to my lifetime friends. Who knew back in high school that four of us would qualify to represent Manitoba and play in the Canadian Bridge Championships?
It certainly never crossed any of our minds. But there we were in Toronto at the Canadian Championships this past May. Two days of qualifying rounds — playing from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with short breaks between games — that’s a lot of bridge.
None of us had ever played bridge for 12 hours in a day.
We started poorly in Toronto and lost our first two matches but hit high gear on Day 2 and qualified for the semi-finals. We won that match but lost in the finals to a team from Quebec, and both matches lasted an entire day. We were exhausted but placing second in Canada in our division was pretty amazing for some high school buddies who played bridge for fun.
I’m not sure what the keys to this story are:
• Playing bridge is good for the mind;
• Maintaining long-time friendships is well worth any effort;
• Or, participating in whatever you have a passion for can have special rewards.
What I do know is playing bridge in Toronto with my buds at the Canadian Championships was a wonderful lifetime memory.
John Hindle is a community correspondent for St. Vital.
Community Correspondent — St. Vital
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