28-4. Nonagenarian Notions: “If I were 20 years younger . . .”

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This is purely personal.

You may well ask after reading 28-1, how come all you do, Maggy, is offer unasked-for advice and solutions for OTHER people to implement?

Because far as I know, if I weren’t making a pitch for the survival of sociable bridge after I’m gone, nobody would be. I come across many who “get” my message, appreciate that it’s my kind of quirky bucket list cause [in future blogs I may share some of the appreciative emails I got after that Wall Street Journal article].  I don’t know, however, of anybody adopting it. And that’s what’s needed–an advocacy group for all kinds of bridge–not just ACBL’s advocacy for duplicate and tournaments.

Second, I don’t have any clout–the changes I suggest need people from the bridge establishment. Most sociable players like me just play bridge. They don’t think about bridge as I have done for the past 20 years–as a pop culture phenomenon, part of women’s history, an icon, a card game with lineage and class that deserves to survive. They just know it is strangely addictive and a major part of their lives.

Third–I just am too old to do more than what I’ve pledged to myself to do: complete 52 blogs, update and publish a 2d edition of Bridge Table or What’s Trump Anyway? , try to interest a traditional publisher in the book, and compile an e-book of Bridge Table Chronicles. Those are my priorities.

I’m still fit, drive, no cane or walker, dementia-free, pain-free, enjoy politics, bridge, reading, eating, a nightly martini–as fortunate as anyone can be at 92. But I’m realistic. While I think about doing more projects, I cannot pledge to do more until these priorities are taken care of. 

Should have written my book back in 1995 is the answer. I didn’t–procrastinated and kept on going to the library instead of getting it written. That’s past history, and one thing you can not do at 92 is spend time regretting past history.

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