I stopped by the new Homewood suites to see if they had a meeting room for another chess tournament, which I'll hold in February or March. I must work on finding even more inexpensive venues, as I'd ideally like to have nearly no entry fee. I got a great postcard for next week's national Game in 10 minutes and Game in 15 minutes championships, to be held in Houston. They looked great--but entry fees for each was 45 dollars. That's probably fair, but I like to keep my hobbies inexpensive, and that would make a chess weekend cost over 125 dollars after costs of travel and lodging.
We're going to watch the video of Finding Nemo tonight. Tomorrow I'll go play my 11 year old nephew at chess in "tournament like" conditions. His chess teacher was featured in the local paper, after he defeated 30 schoolkids in a simultaneous exhibition.
When I was in college, I held a draw against master William Martz, a pleasant fellow who barnstormed from mall to mall playing huge simultaneous exhibitions against all comers.
My on line chess is now fairly tactically playable,but my clock management skills need improvement. I am beginning to believe I'd like to get good at chess, and positing in my mind easy ways to accomplish that goal.
I am sheepish over something I said recently. I do not enjoy that feeling. I should be more circumspect.