It ain't easy.
Without going into the gory details, my results have been poor. I am aiming to become what in bridge terminology is a Grand Life Master. To attain this, one needs to have earned a national championship and 10,000 points. (To give you a bit of perspective, a Life Master requires 300 points.) At present, I've nabbed a couple of the championships - but I'm still about 75 points short. More and more, it appears that the proverbial "a watched pot never boils" is applicable. The harder I try, the tougher it seems to be to get those last few points.
So, instead of worrying about it, I shall simply try to enjoy the beautiful surroundings here, and the lovely weather. No frigidity for me, Keith; balmy 40's and misty fog in Wisconsin!
Tomorrow is my last day of bridge for the year. I look forward to 2007 - and all that it may hold for every one of us!