Judy Kay-Wolff

A Bridge Departure

At first glance, my caption appears to be the introduction to an obituary of one of our beloved and respected bridge cronies. However, the only relationship to our incredible game is that the cold facts you are about to read below were sent to Bobby by one of his long-time friends – World Class Brazilian Bridge Champion Gabriel Chagas who reigns supreme in our book in another category as well – his unparalleled humor. I’d like to share the following:

Did you ever wonder why there are no dead penguins on the ice in Antarctica ? Where do they go?

Wonder no more! It is a known fact that the penguin is a very ritualistic bird which lives an extremely ordered and complex life. The penguin is very committed to its family and will mate for life, as well as maintain a form of compassionate contact with its offspring throughout its life. If a penguin is found dead on the ice surface, other members of the family and social circle have been known to dig holes in the ice, using their vestigial wings and beaks, until the hole is deep enough for the dead bird to be rolled into, and buried. The male penguins then gather in a circle around the fresh grave and sing:

Group of Penguins



“Freeze a jolly good fellow.”

“Freeze a jolly good fellow.”



Sorry, I couldn’t resist!


Bill CubleyFebruary 17th, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Good one!

Judy Kay-WolffFebruary 17th, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Hi Bill:

For a moment, I had cold feet about putting this one up — but decided in favor of it.

Bill CubleyFebruary 18th, 2014 at 3:01 pm


Got to kibitz Jeff Meckstroth at the Hilton Head Regional. I was quite surprised he quoted me during the match. “Sorry, pard, I could have made that one.” “I could have made another trick.” Maybe I am a better player than I think I am.

I also congratulated Steve Weinstein on his birthday and asked if his teammates had bought him an AARP membership. He laughed.

JRGMarch 11th, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Hi Judy,

I also get a kick out of the occasional shaggy dog story.

Judy Kay-WolffMarch 11th, 2014 at 4:39 pm


Any relation to the sanguine penguin?

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