Who Cares About the Weather??

It rained and it poured yesterday but do you think that would bother Club 34 members??  Its true that there were a few cowardly players who didnt want to challenge the elements but only a few!!  I want to pay special tribute to Alan Stern, Paul Rickoff, Bruce and Inae Bloom for coming a long way to play at the IHOP.

21 and 11 showed up yesterday for the battle of the tiles.  Susan Rice reappeared after a year’s absence at least.  Susan is a college professor but spends most of her time bicycling around the world.  She promises to be around these parts until April so we hope to see her more often at least for awhile.  Inae Bloom is a photographer from Los Angeles.  I met her a few weeks ago at Bruce’s club.  She came to Club 34 to get some practice before heading to New Orleans this weekend for a tournament.  We hope to see her back sooner than later.

Jason Marks and family came by last night.  Daughters Amelie l2 and Kaelie 10 love Scrabble and it looks like they will become an integral part of Club 34 this year.  Jason told me he knows of other families with children of like ages that might be interested in coming to Club 34.  So hopefully I will be able to establish a younger version of our Club in the immediate future.  I want to thank Joanie Scafuto for having the patience and kindness to play with the Marks’ kids and get them acclimated with the rules of the game.

Dont forget Club 34 Friday meets again for the second time this Friday January 18.  We had 10 last week.  Lets do alot better this week.  I am getting more and more positive remarks from members who find it easier to come to the IHOP on Friday than Tuesday so this concept appears to be working…

What would Club 34 be like without another incident??  And that’s exactly what happened last night in the final game of the day.  It involved two of my favorite people on this planet:  James ‘Hoppalong’ Cassidy and Alan ‘who never has an opinion’ Stern.  They were involved in a tight game which required some endgame strategy.  Unfortunately, there was the case of the missing ‘A’.  It may have caused one of the players to lose the game.  I wont mention any names but you can probably figure out who lost the game!!

Therefore from this point forward and at the beginning of each session ALL players will square off their tiles so we can be assured of a complete set before games commence.  You need to place all tiles on the board to be assured of a complete 100 tile set…  You wont have to do this for every game, just the first one…


David Poder, Director

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Rain, Go Away!!

It is supposed to rain all week until Friday.  It is supposed to be mild tomorrow so lets not use that as an excuse for staying away..  I expect a very good turnout as usual.

Our first Friday session was a huge success.  I want to thank the following members for showing up, for showing support and adding to  the spirit and growth of Club 34:  David Poder, Bruce, Paul Trachetenberg, Joanie Scafuto, Inge Weinfeld, Cindy Helphrey, Desiree Engel, Elly, Renee Kahn, and Melissa de la Fuentes.  We expect an even bigger turnout this coming Friday.  Ex Monkeyhousers Joanie Scafuto, Paul Trachtenberg and Renee Kahn had such a great time Friday they told me that Club 34 Friday at the IHOP had to be ‘the happiest place on earth..’

I hope all of you saw Amnon’s email last week and enjoyed the new format for weekly reporting.  It is certainly an upgrade to what we have been used to for many years but we still appreciate the many years Tom Titus devoted to this.  Speaking of which, we hope he is making a speedy recovery to his recent injuries.  Please be sure to write VERY legibly on your score sheets as Amnon has suggested..

I will be going sign shopping this week.  I will commission a local sign company to make a very attractive sign that will be located on the front counter of the IHOP promoting our Club.  I hope for some great results.

And now for some very exciting stuff for me personally.  Most of you will recall that 3 years ago I went through a period of true bliss and euphoria when the Kansas City Royals went to back to back World Series.  I was even privileged to attend the 2015 World Series that they won.  That was heaven but unfortunately did not last very long!!

Now its the Kansas City Chiefs’ turn.  For the first time ever they will host the conference championship game against the hated New England Patriots.  They win, they go to the Super Bowl in Atlanta February 3.  Lets hope this will be the ‘changing of the guard’ so to speak.  If the Los Angeles Rams also should go, there is a very strong possibility that I will be going also.  Keep your fingers cross…

See you tomorrow.  Bring your rain coats and umbrellas..

David Poder, Director

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