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Today's Bridge: It was a good day for defense - after the opponents made a 3C and I just made a 2H pre-empt, neither side made another contract. I had another go at 2H with S x-x-x H A-K-x-x-x D Q-x-x C x-x facing S A-x-x H 10-x-x D J-x C K-Q-J-10-x - Jerry started with the king of spades, and I let it run, because he'd opened spades and obviously had five of them. Unfortunately, he switched to a club to Dan H.'s ace, and Dan returned a club for a ruff with the jack. A diamond back should have been my opportunity to ruff high and pull Jerry's queen, but I threw a spade instead and ended up losing another diamond for off one. I'm still not sure that taking the ace at trick one was objectively a better play, but it would have worked in this case. Jerry passed to start the next auction - Ken opened 1H, Dan H. pre-empted 3S, and with K-Q-10 in his suit and five clubs to the K-J, plus some heart honors, I bid 4C in anticipation of ending in 4H. But Jerry bid 4D and Ken and Dan passed, so despite my weak doubleton, I doubled out of principle. Jerry predictably corrected to 4S, and Ken doubled that. We ended up setting them two, so I think it was worth it. We traded a few more hands before the grand finale - Ken opened 1H again and Dan overcalled 3S. This time, I had S J-10-x H J-10-x D A-J-10-x-x C K-x, which I felt was just barely worth pushing to 4D. This time, they let Ken return to 4H. He had, I believe, S A-x H A-K-x-x-x-x D x-x C A-Q-x. I can't remember what the opponents' fourth trick was, but he missed the heart finesse and lost a diamond and a spade. Afterward, we determined that the correct play in hearts was to cash the ace, then cross to dummy and lead the jack, ducking if Jerry plays low. If the opposing hearts split 2-2, then we should be able to eliminate the minors and throw Dan H. in with a spade to secure either an extra spade trick or a ruff and sluff. I'm pretty sure I got Ken's distribution wrong somehow, because looking at the hands as I've laid them out, I can't find a fourth trick to lose. If he's got an extra club, he can ruff that with my last trump if the split is 2-2. As it was 3-1, he would have picked up the suit without loss.

Today's Work: I finally managed to get my plans settled, which required calling a few people to get things corrected. It went surprisingly well once I'd actually made the calls. I also attempted to get the windshield repair scheduled, but I didn't get that done. Tomorrow, I'll have the actual time of my therapy appointment on Thursday and can schedule around it.

I think I ate too much fajita, but I'm trying to use up all of my perishable food, so it doesn't matter much whether I cook it before throwing it away.

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