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Today's Bridge: It was bad. I made a 4S opening bid where the opponents only got three tricks because they found a club ruff, and Dan C. left Ken in a disaster of a 3S contract when he reopened 3D after my 3C opener and had no idea where to go from there. Don't reopen if you don't have a prepared response for your partner's most likely bid. (And he had four hearts in addition to his six diamonds.) We had a very disappointing defense in 3NT - I had S x-x-x H A-Q-9-6-4 D x-x C K-x-x, so I started with the six of hearts. Ken flopped S K-Q-J-x-x-x (he'd pre-empted in spades) D x-x-x C Q-x-x-x, and Dan C. got the trick with the seven - not a disaster, but also not good. He crossed to the king of spades, which meant that my partner had to have the ace, and he held it up until the third trick. He correctly led a heart to Dan C.'s king and my ace, and I led a diamond, since there was no risk of that being a board entry. Had Dan H. taken his ace and led back a heart, we'd have our five at least, and I still had the king of clubs. Instead, he let Dan C. have his king. He led a club, and not willing to trust that my partner had the ace, I took the king and led another diamond. Again, my partner avoided setting the contract, and Dan C. cashed the ace of clubs and crossed to the queen, whereupon Dan H. put down the ace of diamonds and said "I guess I should have taken this sooner, huh?" Well, yeah! I led a heart because I need to set them up, and I led a diamond because I need leads through declarer to do it! We'd already completely lost the first rubber by then, and the final 5C when neither of us had enough to make any of our bids didn't help matters. I was proud of going off two in 5D Dbl until I realized that the opponents didn't have the 6S they were going for and may not even have had 5S. At least they didn't bother to cash their ace of spades.

Today's Work: The same as all week, except the network was down, so I couldn't even attempt the download. I got the information I needed to run it at home and came home, only to discover that the network here is having problems so severe that even the TV reception was terrible. I mostly got the idea of what happened in Steven Universe, but I'll have to watch the episodes again online at some point. Meanwhile, the download keeps timing out and I can't do anything but keep restarting it and hoping. It's not vital that I get it done, but it would have been a lot easier had this method worked. I hate that someone decided it would be a good idea to do giant commits. This isn't going to run overnight, but at least I'll probably wake up several times and be able to restart it.

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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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