Playing Cards With the Minister

by Roy WIlson






Iman Moore has played at the Arcadia Bridge Center for about 40 years or more, and for those of you who don't know, he is also a Methodist minister in good standing and although now retired he still preaches as a guest at many of the churches in our area.  I have a bridge story about Inman.

A very long time ago, on a Friday night, Inman and his partner, Sonja, came to my table and Inman sat down to my left, in the West seat.  After a friendly greeting and a few casual comments we got down to the serious matter at hand.  I opened the bidding and my partner, Jim Gimlett, jumped straight to game, putting Inman on lead.

During the course of play Inman signaled very plainly that he wanted a spade return as soon as Sonja had the chance.  She saw the signal.  I saw it and so did Jim.  Heck, I think the kibitzer at the next table saw it.  Inman surely wanted a spade lead from his partner. 

So... several tricks later I have to let Sonja in and we all know what she is going to lead, right?  Did I say that I have the stiff king of spades in my hand?  I do.

So Sonja leads a spade and I am forced to play my king.  Inman has been eagerly waiting for this... very eagerly.  As soon as I put the king down Inman slams the Queen of spades on the table and immediately plays the ace next.  All four of us see what has just happened, and speechless we stare at the table.

Have you ever noticed that in a room full of people there is sometimes a lull in the conversations and a hush will fall over a crowded room?  It happened at that moment just as we four were also sitting stunned into silence.  Inman, the good Bridge-Playing Methodist Minister, took that moment to look down and say, in a very loud voice, one that carried across the room...     SHIT!



    Forgive me, old friend, but I simply cannot keep that story inside.   LOL

    Roy Wilson       

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