This past weekend, we had some friends in town visiting from Michigan, and had an excellent weekend with them. We’d taught them bridge when we all lived in Chicago, and had a standing weekly dinner where one or the other of us would provide dinner and cards, and we’d play bridge all evening long. Since we moved away six years ago, neither couple has been able to find regular bridge partners, so we relish every opportunity to get together and play some hands.
So after they arrived on Friday night and we had a simple dinner (green mashed potatoes, modified – more chard, plus some bacon and chicken), we settled in for a few hands that turned into quite a lot of hands; I think we ended after 11, or 2am their time.
Then after breakfast and a walk on Saturday morning, we came back home and dealt out the cards, playing through their daughter’s nap, our lunch, and hers.
Tremendous fun though it was, we eventually realized we should maybe actually follow through on our plan to show them a little of Portland, and left the house. When we arrived in the center of Bridge City, we parked near Powell’s (a must-visit for any readers or book lovers from out of town) and spent a very brief time there, although it’s all relative with Powell’s. It fills a full block, 4 stories high, and would be very easy to spend many hours touring; I think we were there for about one. Then we walked through the Pearl district …
… and headed toward the river …
Then after a stroll back to the car, we headed back home, picked up Indian takeout for dinner, and settled in for – we may have been a wee bit predictable – more Bridge.
I will admit that we played a few rounds of Bananagrams (also quite fun!) but neglected all of our other favorite games (like Settlers of Catan) in favor of the one for which all four of us are starved of playing companions.
P.S. Do you know anyone in or near Portland who’s looking for bridge partners, or might be willing to learn? We imagine there are plenty of bridge players in the area, but most of them are older folks and have already-established playing companions….
(Best case scenario: we manage to turn Bridge into the hot new Portland activity. I think it could work.)