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Today's Bridge: We didn't have enough people for new guy Brent to sit and watch, so he joined us to learn firsthand. Perhaps fortunately, Dan H. and I had most of the power, so Brent was on defense most of the day. Ken declared one hand when he told Brent to balance over my 2D, even with a weak hand, because he'd passed a strong hand and didn't want to defend. But there were a lot of pre-empts, including one notable one where Ken opened 1C, Brent responded 1D, and with S A-K-Q-x-x-x H A-x-x-x D K-x C J, I jumped straight to 4S. Ken led the king of hearts, which really helped, since Dan had S J-10-x H Q-x-x D J-10-x-x C x-x-x. That gave me two heart tricks, but I still needed some diamonds, so I crossed to the jack of spades and led a low diamond to my king and Ken's ace. He cashed the queen of diamonds, then the ace of clubs. My jack made him switch to a heart, but it was too late - I could afford to pull trump ending with the ten and throw my remaining hearts on the diamonds. I think the heart switch is pretty much mandatory after I don't finish pulling trump - it should be pretty obvious that I'm saving a trump entry for once I set up the diamonds. Taking out that heart entry early is vital, since neither the club nor diamond winners can run away. Leading the queen of diamonds is a bad idea just on the surface, since it sets up two diamonds in dummy. I think he can afford to test the clubs once, since they clearly won't be taking three tricks without at least one club, but I can't establish the diamonds while he has the queen, and if they have a heart trick available, they need to take it before I sluff a heart on the diamonds. When he's back in with the queen, then it's time to guess whether my last card is a heart or a club, but he'll have all the available information by then.

Today's Work: The repository download is proceeding, but very slowly, and only when I'm there to watch it. I was going to bring my computer home and let the job run overnight, but just as I was getting ready to leave, it found 683 updates. I didn't think it was a good idea to wait on those, so I let them install. If it doesn't finish tomorrow, which I don't think it will, I'll try again tomorrow night. It'll finish eventually.

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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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