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Cyndi Palmer: It’s good to be cribbage queen

Cyndi Palmer
A Face in the Crowd

Guess who won the cribbage tournament Saturday at the Gateway Inn. If you guessed me, you’re right. I rose through wave after wave of players to become the undefeated champion, taking home a wad of hard-earned cash.

My only regret was that, through eliminations, I didn’t get to play several players who I felt were really up for the challenge. Oh well, there will be a next time. And wouldn’t you know it, the one man I didn’t want to face down, avid player Lewie Schwerin ” who I’ve nicknamed Loose-Lips Lewie because he’s such a big talker ” surfaced through the secondary brackets to end up playing me in the final round.

Believe me when I tell you he was a tough, but satisfactory, nut to crack. Because he came from the loser’s rounds and had to beat me twice to win, he had his work cut out for him to “de-throne the queen.” And he was well on his way after winning the first game ” after darn-near skunking me.

Alas, my friends, Schwerin wasn’t swearin’ yet, but he came close. That first game got his hopes up, but his constant chatter never wavered my determination. I won the second game, which made us even, and I won the third, which sealed the championship.

This last tournament was only the first of several the Gateway hopes to host this winter. But with Saturday’s game lasting until the evening, they have decided to reformat the tournament. Keep an eye out for calendar listings on future tournaments or give Sheila a call for the future game plan.

This past week was a big one, with Friday night’s company Christmas party leaving me the worse for wear on Saturday morning. And I joked with everyone at the tournament … just think, I said, how bad I would have beaten everyone had I been in my “A” game.

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It seems like there is some festive event to go to every night during the holiday season. One of my most memorable events last week was on Wednesday night during the Progressive Dinner fundraiser for the library. The most energetic bunch seemed to be on the green bus route, doing “the wave” for volunteer bus driver Jim Colhurst.

It was a great tour through Mirasol Cantina’s southwestern appetizers, Hernando’s famous minestrone, Fontenot’s cinnamon-seared scallops went over well, and the bread pudding at Moffat Station was just as good as they promised. For the gentleman from our group who said he’d pass on that last stop but that I could bring him a to-go container ” I missed you at Smokin’ Moe’s later on, bread pudding in-hand. I traded it to blues cat John Catt in exchange for one strong Long Island ice tea.

I was sorry to hear that our generous snowfall kept the Arundo Winds Quintet from making it up for the Grand County Concert Series performance last Friday night, but was glad to hear it’s been rescheduled. Thankfully, that afternoon the GCCS let the newspaper know the bad news so we could post the cancellation on our Web site ” http://www.skyhidailynews.com. A tentative new date has been scheduled for a make-up concert on May 16, 2008.

I am also pleased to learn that while the Iron Horse Resort is redecorating, it has accepted almost 30 nature photograph prints by local Laura Hagar to hang throughout the resort. Hagar said some of the photographs have been previously shown in Winter Park, but several will be new to viewers.

Until next time, and since I’m done gloating, I’ll leave you with the following quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.”

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