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The Weekly Weasel — Week of Sept. 29

Here’s the latest news from the Weasels.

Wake Us up When September Ends
After a fast two-board start on Sept. 10, Season 10 hit a couple of speed bumps. Our full game at the Chess Pavilion on Sept. 21 was scuttled by the early arrival of Jane Kathleen O’Kelley. (She and Meghan are doing great, by the way, and Kevin and Patrick are proud big brothers.) And then we struck out on our annual attempt to evangelize at the Conception game convention at the College of the DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

Over the years, our efforts there have been hit or miss. We were able to find players and field a game in both 2008 and 2009. That latter game was a boon for the club. That’s where we found Tony Prokes, who became a regular in our games and tournaments, usually hosts once a year around St. Patrick’s Day, and since then has taken on the responsibility of hosting the annual attempts to recruit at Conception. In 2011, he had a great year there. We fielded three boards, including our only game of Colonial to date. But we’ve struck out every year since.

Still, kudos to Tony for continuing to try. We appreciate it his efforts. You never know when or where you’re going to find another Tony Prokes.

October looks to be a more active month. On Thursday, we’re going to play our first week-night house game at Peter Lokken’s home in Logan Square. The game is full and will include two new Weasels and two more who are returning for a second game with us. Plus, we have a standby lined up. Wahoo!

Then next week, we’ll hold our first Red Wednesday at the Red Lion. As reported in previous issues, the Red Lion has invited us to play there on the second Wednesday of every month clear through 2015. The owners and staff appreciate our business and have been very good to us. Last year, they shared the cost of the awards for our Bar Room Brawl championship game, and this year (still not scheduled…), they’re footing the entire bill.

We need two more players for next week’s game. I did post again on the Chicago Game Lovers Meetup group, so hopefully we’ll see some more new faces to go along with the usual suspects. Maybe we’ll even draw enough to field two boards again.

Okay, look forward to a report on Peter’s house game in next week’s issue, and hopefully we’ll get another house game or two on the schedule by then, too.

Upcoming Games

 

  • October 2 at Peter Lokken’s home in Logan Square, beginning at 6:30 until no later than 11. Full. Standbys needed.
  • October 8 at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, beginning at 6:30 until no later than 11. Have five. Two more needed.
  • November 1, the Undercard Game at the Weasel Royale, beginning at 11 a.m. at Dan Burgess’ home in Downers Grove. Have five. Two more needed.
  • November 12 at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, beginning at 6:30 until no later than 11. Have one. Six more needed.
  • December 10 at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, beginning at 6:30 until no later than 11. Have one. Six more needed.

Sign up for games here, on Meetup, or by emailing me (jimthegrey1013@yahoo.com).

Important Dates

  • November 1: The Weasel Royale and Undercard Game at Dan Burgess’ home in Downers Grove.
  • Remember, the second Wednesday of every month is Red Wednesday at the Red Lion. These games are scheduled through 2015 and will always start at 6:30 p.m. and go until no later than 11, so get ’em on your calendar.

Dues
Finally, a big Weasel thank you to the 29 people who paid club dues for 2014. Their support makes so much of what we do possible: The Meetup site, the website, our annual club awards, and the awards for the Royale. Thanks, Guys!

That’s all for this week.

Jim

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