Scrabble Club 34….photo by L. Higgins

David Poder once again triumphs winning the club trophy for the annual scrabble tournament. Presenting the trophy is his ASST. Jeff Polan!

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Another Day at the Office!!

24 and 10 players showed up yesterday for another day at the office..  The 2019 Club champion was crowned at the beginning of the proceedings.  I will proudly house the Club trophy for one more year with pride.  Now that the Club championship is over, thoughts can turn to our Christmas party and where to have it.  I thought it would be a good idea to have it at the Italian restaurant next door to the IHOP so after the afternoon session I walked over there to speak with the restaurant manager.  Unfortunately, I found out that it is closed on Tuesdays. I have two options:  either I call the restaurant and find out if it will open for our party on Tuesday or I will have to find another restaurant in the area.  Stay tuned..

Congratulations to Susan Rice and Paul Trachtenberg who went 4-0 yesterday afternoon.  Of particular note, Paul had to go through Club 34 heavyweights David Poder and Bruce Dambrosio to get there.  My loss to Paul was my only blemish of the day or night so hats off to Paul for a job well done.

I just returned from a wonderful trip to Kansas City where I expected to see championship football and eat barbecue ribs galore.  I accomplished the second item without any problems.  Kansas City has the finest barbecue in the world with the world famous Arthur Bryants heading the list.  But I was very disappointed with the Kansas City Chiefs who had been considered co-favorites to win the Super Bowl this year.  They lost both games at HOME and looked pretty bad in the process.  Oh well, at least I had fun visiting such landmarks as the World War I museum, the only one of its kind in this country.  I also saw the Negro Baseball Hall of Fame and the Jazz museum where you could hear the likes of Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.  It was a very nice experience.  It was fun to visit my old neighborhood and see friends and family…

I last visited Kansas City in 2015 for the World Series.  I found out at the time that there was NO Scrabble club in the area.  I found out the same thing this time around but managed to locate the ONLY Scrabble player in the entire city of over 1,000.000 citizens.  Nick Purifoy is a great guy and local attorney.  He came to my hotel twice to play some games and I am eternally grateful for that.  Nick also told me that there is NO Scrabble club in St. Louis and that the nearest clubs are in Omaha and Des Moines.  This news was astonishing to hear and made me wonder.  Maybe I should return to KC and start a new Scrabble club.  But then I realized that I could not disappoint my many fans and members of Club 34 so I will stay put…  It is hard to believe that Missouri is such a dry state.  It makes one appreciate southern California where there is a Scrabble club on every street corner and a Club every night of the week.  Can you imagine life without Scrabble??

David Poder, Director

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