So I played that guy I noted in my last post. It wasn't such a crushing defeat. I was expecting a swift knockout, but I actually put up a fight for 55 moves.
The last game I played in T42 ended in a agreed draw. I admit I was happy with the draw considering I had all losses in T42 and this guy was almost 100 pts higher than me.
I finally made it to the local chess meetup. I've been meaning to go for the last year, but finally made a priority of it and went this month. This might sound a bit shocking, but it was the first time I've played over the board with other people (besides my kids) since I was in college about 10 years ago. It was a load of fun! I met a couple of people who live in the same part of the city as I do and we joked how we travelled all the way downtown to play! So there is talk of starting our own little club in our neck of the woods. I played a couple of people at the meetup. I think I was hustled by one of the regulars. I won the first game, drew the 2nd and then lost the last two. All were exciting games. I think I'll definately do that again - lots of fun!
Lastly, I thought I'd put a standing "seek" out there for the next few weeks until T43 starts. Let me know if you want to play. A really good time for me is Sunday mornings at 3:00 FICS time.