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Today's Bridge: I would call today disappointing, in that we had plenty of good hands but didn't take advantage of them. I opened a bare 13 with 3-4-3-3 distribution and Dan C. responded 1H, indicating less than opening strength and four hearts. With no distributional values on my side, I didn't see us making game and passed. He actually had a really strong hand and we made 5. I was really looking forward to the next one: S A-K-Q-10-x H A D 10-x C A-J-x-x-x. I opened 1S and Dan responded 3S, again indicating less than opening strength, but close. I decided to take a risk and go for the slam if he had the ace of diamonds. I probed with 4C, and he bid 4S, indicating no aces, so I left it there. He had strength AND the ace: S J-9-x-x-x H x D A-Q-x C K-Q-x-x. The slam was a literal laydown - on the diamond lead, I conceded the king, intending to go up with the ace, pull trump, and take at least five spades, five clubs, and the two red aces. I hate underbidding hands when I can see the full potential. It was just those two hands that disappointed me, though - I think the rest went as well as they could have.

Today's Work: I was asked to look in on a process a few times this week, and today's look-in led to me taking an active role in investigating a problem and finding a solution, even though it doesn't necessarily solve everything as it is. I hate working with Windows installation scripts and stuff, probably mostly because I've never done anything like it. In this case, I was mainly just messing around with a failed installation, but I applied my usual tactic of making the installed software work, then figuring out how to make the installation itself do what I'd done.

I got an extended-release version of the medicine I've been taking, and had my first dose of that with dinner. Hopefully, this will give me the glucose-lowering benefits without the nasty side effects. But my other evening activities have been cutting into my nights severely, so I need to wrap this up and get to my other responsibilities.

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Yes, I'm THAT Nidoking. Sometimes I write fanfiction... often I waste all my time playing video games and watching anime. But it's not a waste if I enjoy it, right? I can quote from a movie, video game, anime series, or British comedy apropos of just about any situation, and one of my main goals in life is to entertain people. (The other big one is amassing as much anime and manga as I can... see below for a progress report.) That's me in a nutshell. ("Help! I'm trapped in a nutshell! What a bloody great nutshell this is!")
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