Yes.Do you pay tax?
Tonight, my bridge mentor and her husband. They will be meeting us here at my home for the first time in about forty minutes for wine and hors d'oeuvres, then it's off to the lake for dinner on me for the four of us.Who are you feeding?
This gal, a former school teacher, has a photographic memory and an encyclopedic knowledge of bridge. And she has adopted me as a student. She thinks I'm an apt pupil. Teachers like somebody who respects knowledge and who can learn.
She taught me two-over-one, forcing no trump, fourth suit forcing, new minor forcing, and Bergen raises. This month. And I will show her my gratitude - and her husband, her usual partner, as well. Treating teachers thusly is an ethic I acquired from my medical training and the Hippocratic oath:
"Apollo Physician and Asclepius and Hygieia and Panacea and all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will fulfill according to my ability and judgment this oath and this covenant: To hold him who has taught me this art as equal to my parents and to live my life in partnership with him, and if he is in need of money to give him a share of mine, and to regard his offspring as equal to my brothers in male lineage and to teach them this art - if they desire to learn it - without fee and covenant; to give a share of precepts and oral instruction and all the other learning to my sons and to the sons of him who has instructed me and to pupils who have signed the covenant and have taken an oath according to the medical law, but to no one else."
Oh, and she wears a cross around her neck. Notwithstanding Dim's and RiversideRedneck's protestations to the contrary, I really don't hate Christians as Christians. The Christians I dislike have earned it personally and individually for their behavior, not their faith.