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Today's Bridge: Mostly disappointing. It started when I was a bit too enamored of my first hand, S J-9-x H Q-x D A-K-x-x C A-Q-x-x, but not enough to open 1NT, so I stuck with 1D. Ken responded 3D, which I forgot meant only 10-12 and a fit, so I pushed with 4C, letting him know I had no stoppers in the majors. He bid 4S, skipping hearts as well, which forced me to 5D. With his S A-Q-10-x H x-x D 10-9-x-x-x C K-x, we lost two hearts off the top, and the contract depended on the trump split, which worked, and the spade finesse, which didn't. We eventually made a 1H with two overtricks, but the opponents made 4H and we were hard-pressed to take our three. I opened 1NT with the rather sad collection of S K-Q-x-x H Q-J-x D K-J-9-x C K-Q, and Ken responded with 2D, a Jacoby Transfer to hearts. I obligingly bid 2H, and he passed with S x-x H 10-8-7-x-x-x D 10-x C A-x-x. The opening lead was a spade to the ace, followed by a diamond back to the A-Q and a third diamond. At this point, I had two sure heart losers, and if I ruffed any lower than the ten, I was sure I'd be overruffed with the nine and lose the contract. Finessing against the nine was 50/50, but I thought I saw a better chance. I ruffed with the ten and crossed to my clubs, then cashed the king of spades and led a low spade for a ruff. Dan C. in the West seat threw a club, sadly, so when I threw my last diamond under the ace of clubs, he ruffed (with the nine) and I was off. Then Ken opened 1NT in the final hand, and with S Q-x-x-x-x H J-x-x-x D x C Q-x-x, I pushed to 2H, my own Jacoby Transfer, and when Ken bid 2S, I rebid 3H to let him know I had both majors. He corrected to 3S, and I left it there, since there was no reason to imagine we had game. It turned out that he'd underbid his 19-point holding and he had four spades to the A-K, so it was a perfect opportunity to jump to 3S over the transfer, which I'd have raised to 4 and accepted a set with favorable vulnerability if it came to that.

Today's Work: Looking for documents that I couldn't find, but I'll get them.

The sink stopped up again today, but it was only on the garbage disposal side this time. After all the drain cleaner I had failed, one plunge got it unclogged, and the sink has surprisingly never been cleaner. Pretty impressive. I hope that's the last of my plumbing problems, though. I need to get my car in for service soon, plus two doctor appointments next week, so I really don't want to take more time off to have plumbers in. At least, not right now.


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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