Long Beach Unit


By Christine Frumen


UNIT GAME Sunday, February 12       

Lunch at 1pm – Game at 1:30 pm



FEBRUARY UNIT GAME: Feb 12, for those of us that remember…was Lincoln’s Birthday…before they consolidated Lincoln and Washington to one President’s Day. Forget that I mentioned that and only concentrate on Lincoln’s Birthday on the 12th for the Unit Game, lunch at 1pm and game at 1:30.

DECEMBER UNIT GAME RESULTS: Twenty-two and a half tables joined us for the Unit Xmas Party/Charity/General Meeting game. Results were: 1st, Frank Bartlett & Jo Daigle; 2nd, Sandra Pickering & Stephen Lowe; 3rd, Eileen Neisen & Mary Lou Hughes; 4th, Roberta Gotfried & Jim Alstad; 5th, Irwin Bender & Stephen Goldstein and 6th, Sharon Beran & Henefi Erten. Carol Murakoshi was in charge of the food and again this year (as last) delighted the players. Pritzi Lembi brought her chocolate fountain that brought the “hungry for dessert” prematurely to the table many times before dessert was served. Thank you to all who helped.

NEW STATUS & NEW MEMBERS: Welcome to newest member, Grace Byrd who transferred into our unit. We are proud of the members who reached new status as of January 1 and happy to report that Zeme Christopolus and Monica Gettis are new Junior Masters. Tom Harris became a Regional Master during this past reporting period. Congratulations and keep up the good work.

70+% GAMES: It seems the “drought” was false! Sue Fardette & Vince Remedios had a 76.19% game that wasn’t reported last month. This month we have several 70%ers; Maureen Blaisdell & Mike Ullman, 71%; Frieda Kenigson & Norm Levin, 71.30%; Cindy Matsuk & Tom Harris, 71.68% and Lois Abramson & Irwin Bender 72.60%. That’s more like it!

THIS MONTH AT THE CLUB: There are a few events you should be aware of this month. The ACBL International Fund Game will be Saturday, February 4 at 12:30pm – card fees for this game are $9. The monthly Stratified Open Team Game is scheduled for 7:00 pm on Monday, Feb 13. And for those that qualify (meaning you are old enough) the ACBL-Wide Senior Game is on Feb. 28 (Monday morning) at 9:30 am.

CONDOLENCES & GET WELL: We hear that Joyce Jung is recuperating from hip surgery. Get well, Joyce! We also hear that a couple of our 199er players, Betty Cash and Beryl Henry have been ill. Get well wishes to you both as well. By the time this is published, we hope to see Betty McClellan back at the club. Seems she took a trip which gave her a trip to a place she had never been in her life – the hospital! Hard to believe after all these years on this planet, she had never been in one and she tells me she doesn’t want to go back. A dislocated right shoulder in a right handed person is darned inconvenient. Our sympathies go to Barbara Balowitz on the death of her mother. Seems like a lot to handle since Barbara’s still recovering from her back surgery. Our thoughts are with you.

            THIS AND THAT: A big “Thank you” to Frank Seipp who donated the new boards to the club. Players we spoke with seem to love them. Always the newshound, when I first saw them and was formulating my news article about them, I asked Jo Melis if there was another name for the boards (“boards” seemed too ordinary a name). Without batting an eye, she said “klavers”. I asked is that spelled with a “c” (as I’m taking notes) and she said “no, it’s spelled with a “k”. Don’t play Balderdash with her because she’s one awesome liar!  

            Maxine Montgomery has a volunteer opportunity for you at CSULB and all you have to do is talk and listen! See the flyer on the bulletin board for more details. It can be as little as one hour a week and we thought it was interesting and hope you do also and volunteer. She’ll tell you more about it if you’re interested.

            Bob Mault’s daughter got married in Fiji. Seems his daughter and fiancé went on vacation and the fiancé called Bob to ask for her hand in marriage while they were vacationing. Very chivalrous and romantic, we think.

            We are happy to report that the Unit Board has listened to our pleas and are in the process of republishing the Unit Bridge Roster. Mind you we said process. It takes time and may have some errors – just like the last one – but we think you’ll agree the last one was very popular – and handy. We know this one will be just as well received because players who joined the unit since the last one was published are very anxious for the new one.

            You’ve all heard the old saw, “when it rains, it pours” but I bet you never heard “when it springs a pinhole leak in one hose, it springs another in a second hose.” The other evening, George was on the phone calling the plumber for a pinhole leak in the water hose near the coffee pots. A short while later we saw the plumber there repairing it. (That was quick!) Can you believe, a couple hours later the sink hose sprung a pinhole leak! We’re not sure who got “baptized”. Is there a lesson in this besides George has a plumber who responds in a flash?

            When you are looking for a repair person, plumber, electrician, window repair, etc., give me a call. As a realtor, I have a rich source of reliable, dependable service people I’m willing to share.        

            For any news items you would like in the column, my email is golfgal@charter.net and my phone number is 562-434-8993.  Thanks again for all the reporters out there that give me bridge news.