As Thanksgiving season begins to envelop us, I find myself reflecting on the blessings and memories BBO has brought into my life. We gather around tables, give thanks for our families, our health, and the all the opportunities that life presents. But for me, a significant part of my gratitude is reserved for the world of BBO, our very own sanctuary of friendships, memories, and happy moments.
To me, over the past two decades, BBO has been more than just an online bridge platform. It’s been a community, a family, a bridge (pun intended) connecting me to souls from all around the world. Souls that in a parallel life without bridge I would certainly have never met .
A special memory from my early bridge playing life was meeting Daddad (Marc Rousseau Senior). At 98, he brought wisdom and humor to our online bridge games. His touching final interview is a memory I cherish, showing a life full of meaning. I’m reminded of his legacy whenever I meet up with his son on BBO, Marc Jr (MWRMWR).
BBO has also brought some really unexpected and quirky experiences. There was the time I met a shaman who asked me, non-ironically, “Is it okay to use information from reading opponents’ minds in bridge?” I also interviewed a nuclear physics professor who explained how, at a subatomic level, physics essentially becomes magic!
I also have fond memories of the late Roman L. Weil, or as I knew him, roman99. A respected economics professor, we started talking when I boldly corrected a bridge hand story he sent me. This small interaction morphed into deep conversations and book recommendations. The book he recommended last time we talked, “Nudge”, now rests on my bedside table, a bittersweet reminder of the brilliant mind that we lost way too soon, after our paths first crossed.
My heart fills with joy when I hear about BBO couples getting married. Love stories that started online and spanned the globe, turning into beautiful partnerships. It’s incredible to have seen so many of these love stories blossom.
And I’ll never forget thrilling games with top-class players. Playing with them in real life seems almost impossible, but on BBO, it’s a daily experience.
However, if there’s one thing that magnified BBO’s significance, it’s the solace it provided to so many during the challenging pandemic era. For lots of players, BBO was more than a game - it was a lifeline, a community that held them close when the world seemed to be falling apart.
So this Thanksgiving, as we count our blessings, let’s raise a toast to BBO, to every friend we’ve made, every hand we’ve played, and all the memories we’ve made.
In recounting my own gratitude, I invite you all to join in. Tell us about your memorable hands, unexpected friendships, and the love stories that started in the world of BBO. What moments have brightened your days? What are you thankful for in this wonderful world of online bridge?
Let’s make this Thanksgiving special by sharing our bridge tales with one another in the comments below.
With heartfelt thanks to all my BBO friends - looking forward to reading your stories,