April 14, 2013
I'm not sure what, if anything, today's deal proves. I know I never would have bid one spade as West. When I overcall with nothing, bad things seem to happen. My partner is misled and bids too much, or the opponents use my busy bidding to judge the auction or play. I do better by bidding only when I see a prospect of gain: a chance to reach game, compete successfully for a partscore, or preempt the opponents. The deal arose in a team match, and one West did not act. North-South bid one club-one diamond, two diamonds-3NT.
July 4, 2010
OffandAway.com is a new auction website for travelers who want to gamble on winning a luxe hotel experience for about the price of a standard room. What's hot: It's dangerously addictive. You fork over money for the opportunity to bid on suites at luxe properties in such spots as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Napa, Miami, and Las Vegas. The winner must book the room within 24 hours. Losers can still use the money to book a hotel room from a long list of properties, but they have only seven days to do so. Recent auctions included two nights in a junior suite at the Kitano in New York City for $71 and two nights in the Author's Suite at the Alexis Hotel in Seattle for $127.
June 10, 1993 |
If you're looking for pointers on operating your computer, bidding a slam in bridge or a multitude of other adult-school subjects, don't look at the Main Line Unitarian Church. The township supervisors on Monday denied the church's application for a conditional-use permit to rent space to the Main Line School Night Association for day classes. The 3-1 vote followed a two-hour hearing that filled the meeting room with opponents and supporters of the application. Supervisor William B. Lytton, introducing a motion to deny the use "very reluctantly," said he was opposed in part because he thought the plan was a commercial arrangement that would generate traffic.
October 11, 1990 |
For the second straight month, a Haverford commissioner has urged his fellow board members to put the township's emergency towing services out for competitive bid. Commissioner Kenneth Clouse said Tuesday night that the township should welcome other bids for towing and impounding vehicles, which could save residents money. "Both the towing and the impoundment should be the subject of competitive bidding," Clouse said. According to township manager Thomas Bannar, the commissioners have designated Havertown Auto Body Inc. on Lawrence Road as the impound lot for vehicles "in perpetuity.
July 3, 1996 |
Chicago Bulls, take note. A real challenge for next season's NBA title might be taking form. If what Gary Payton and Charles Barkley are saying is true, both could be playing for the Houston Rockets next season. Payton, a free agent, said yesterday the Rockets are bidding for his services, and Barkley has been mentioned in a rumored three-way trade that would send him to Houston. "They made their bid. They done came in with a bid and they're trying to do something," Payton said.
November 26, 1987 |
Great news, real estate fans. You now have a chance to become the proud owner of 2.8 acres of exclusive Caln Township property, situated along the north side of Lincoln Highway. More exciting, the land contains a building that's a do-it-yourselfer's dream: a burned-out bowling alley. Yes, you guessed it. It's Ingleside Lanes, the bowlers' haven you saw on television and in the newspaper when most of it burned to the ground. The Chester County Sheriff's Office is holding this special, one-time-only sale on Dec. 18 at the courthouse.
November 9, 2000 |
The bidding for the negotiating rights to the top hitter in Japan came to a close yesterday, but it could take days to find out who is the winner in the bid for Japanese All-Star outfielder Ichiro Suzuki. The Major League Baseball commissioner's office planned to notify the Japanese commissioner of the amount of the winning sealed bid but not the team. The Orix BlueWave, Suzuki's team in Japan, has until Tuesday to accept the offer. Then the winning team has 30 days to negotiate a contract with Suzuki and the team pays the fee to Orix only if it signs Suzuki.
November 28, 1986 |
The million-dollar bidding and maneuvering is over. The Fiesta Bowl and NBC have Penn State and Miami playing for the national championship on Jan. 2. Each school will add a tidy $2.3 million to its bank account and NBC expects to see big ratings numbers for the Friday night game in Tempe, Ariz. The developments that led to Penn State and Miami trotting down the lush green road to cactus land were distasteful to many observers. For a while, it appeared the Fiesta Bowl and the Citrus Bowl, in Orlando, Fla., were playing a big-time poker game in competing for the nation's top two teams.
October 14, 2009 |
The owners of the Daily News and Inquirer are appealing a Bankruptcy Court decision allowing the newspapers' secured creditors to use their IOUs in bidding to take over the newspaper company. But the appeal is unlikely to lead to any major delays in a proposed auction to bring the newspapers out of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. The company and its major creditors have agreed on a new schedule that calls for potential buyers to submit initial bids on Nov. 16, followed on Nov. 18 by a private auction where the interested buyers would have a chance to outbid each other.
January 6, 1987 |
Hercules Inc. has dropped out of the bidding for AccuRay Corp. of Columbus, Ohio, one week after agreeing to play white knight for the manufacturer of process-control equipment. Hercules will not proceed with its offer to buy all of the stock of AccuRay for $40 a share in light of a higher offer from Combustion Engineering Inc., a spokesman for Hercules said yesterday. Combustion Engineering, of Stamford, Conn., made an unsolicited offer on Dec. 15 to acquire AccuRay for $35 a share.