Just when I thought our adventure could not be improved upon, we had our best day yet. First of all, we received news our good friend who had received some test results and found that he was cancer free. He is recovering from a serious operation and worried more invasive procedures would be needed so this was welcome news indeed. He emailed it was as good as making a seven no trump contract. It was a little better news than a card victory but I appreciated his attempt at humor.
After another good sleep, we decided to visit some sites in the morning. We hit two big ones. First, we found the World Chess Hall of Fame one block from our hotel. Jeff was a serious chess player many years ago and he was like an excited child at the museum. Across the road was the St. Louis Chess Club and it took quite a while before Jeff was ready to leave. He makes friends easily and arranged a private tour of the club. He was so excited by the chess club and hall of fame, moving to St. Louis crossed his mind! It was fun to watch him be so excited.
Then we drove to Busch Stadium , home of the St. Louis Cardinals. What a grand venue and on the concourse are statues of famous Cardinals from days gone by – Lou Brock, Roger Hornsby, Ozzie Smith, etc. I had my picture taken with the most famous Cardinal of all – Stan “the man” Musial. Funny how standing next to a replica of one of the greatest can make you feel so good.
Then we had a relaxing lunch and went to play some cards. We ended up playing twice, scoring more master points in the afternoon and playing okay at night. We also won souvenir T-shirts for our win the previous day!
We connected with other players from Canada and some from Winnipeg. There is wonderful camaraderie among the players, some first-timers like us and some veterans. The organization of the tournament is superb.
All in all this was our best day. I may have written that in an earlier blog but it just keeps getting better and better. Friday is our final preparation day. We are playing only once to stay fresh and primed.
Saturday is the big day when we play in the championship tournament. Actually, every day has been the big day. That’s what living an experience to the fullest is all about!
John Hindle, The Contact HitterShare