The Bridge Academy of North Dallas (BAND) is owned by Donna and Chris Compton. Donna and her team of Barabara Sifuentes, Lydia Smidt, and John Pelletti do an excellent job of teaching and building a bridge club. They have a nice facility, with every possible bit of technology known to the bridge community, including two 92” flat screen TVs. The TVs are used to show the Eagles games when they are playing the Cowboys and other sporting events (no sound). The screens are used to put up the scores of everyone who won masterpoints today and they use it for pairings in Swiss Team events. They had 21 tables. Donna is a World champion (Mixed Pairs 2010) but she could only drag me in with a 53% game. I have never had so many scores of +170.
Later that evening I went to Richardson, Texas where the Chinese/American Community was celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Republic of China. They ran a two day Swiss team event across three brackets and invited me to present some of the awards. They thanked me for coming which was not needed, I thanked them on behalf of the ACBL for making bridge part of their celebration. It was a good time!