My partner and I had the highest handicap in the bridge club yesterday, i.e. on the numbers, we were lousiest team playing. That part is not a surprise -- half the players in the club I play in are life masters and 5 of those playing yesterday are rated even higher than that. Meanwhile, this close to the holidays, several of the weaker players didn't show up.
But (and the reason for this celebratory post!) ... we came in first even without the handicap. How great is that?