I am worn OUT. I left Friday for a weekend retreat in the mountains. I’m on the Board of Directors of a local ministry and we spent the weekend discussing deep moral issues and playing Spades until midnight. For the record, abortion is bad, “Going Nil” is awesome.
Also, I am huge.
Here’s a sample of what I ate: Chicken Salad, Rolls, Chicken, Scalloped Potatoes, Green Beans, Tortilla chips and Velveeta/sausage dip, Crackers and Corn Dip, chocolate-chip cookies, white-chocolate cookies, sausage casserole, biscuits, bagels with cream cheese, pita chips and spinach dip, chile with sour cream and cheese toppings, and Chex Mix Peanut Butter mix. Not including Sunday.
The board meeting was a great success, due mainly to me. A couple of years ago they made me Chair of Board Governance. At first I was all like, what’s that, but then I figured out it had something to do with RULES and I am all about following the rules. Unfortunately, the Board is not. Oh sure, they follow the by-laws, but when it comes to Spades, they are REBELLIOUS.
For instance, the official rules state that every over-trick is called a BAG and when you get 10, you go back 100 points. It’s to keep you from underbidding, obviously. Only none of them would play it that way! Also, some insisted on playing the 2 of spades as the highest card, higher than the ACE. Yeah, that’s not confusing. It’s also not the RULE.
Next year I’ll ask to be in charge of the agenda. Less of that whole “financial stewardship” talk and more “Hoyle’s Book of Card Games.” It’s a good think they have me, amiright?