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Today's Bridge: The opponents started with a couple of partscores while we went for a 4S that looked just fine, but the opponents got into a crossruff before I could take the lead and I ended up off one. Then I picked up S J-2 H A-J-9-6-3 D K-9-x-x-x-x. My thought process went about like this: "This looks like a good hand to open 2D. Wait, I shouldn't pre-empt with a five-card major. I would need to open the major instead." And that's why I pulled the 1H card. Fortunately, Brent bid strong support with 2NT and I gratefully closed in 4H - probably too high for my hand, but the distribution could prove useful. It turned out well - he had S A H Q-10-8-7 D A-x C A-10-9-8-7-x. The opening club lead took care of my little spade, and I cashed the ace to clear the black suits. I determined immediately that I needed a crossruff, and since the only threatening heart I was missing was the king, I was in good shape. I just needed to cash my winners first, so I took the ace of diamonds and led a low one, which Ken immediately ruffed and led back another little heart. I probably should have gone up with the ace and started the crossruff, but I could afford to lose the king and if Dan had it, then there was only one little heart left out. He did indeed have the singleton king, so I just gave up an overtrick. I ruffed the diamond return, ruffed a club, pulled the last trump, then ruffed a final diamond and ruffed a club back so I could cash the diamonds for an overtrick. Unfortunately, I followed with a gamble that didn't pay off. Brent opened 3S and Ken overcalled 4D. With H A D A-x-x-x-x-x C A-Q-10-9-x-x, how could I not bid 5C? I expect the opponents had something in hearts, but probably not four, and they had nowhere to go. I could even have doubled the diamond bid and cleaned up. Sadly, Brent's spades weren't quite good enough and Ken had most of the clubs as well as the diamonds. Finally, we ended up in 4S with only six spades between us when Brent refused to let me declare notrump, even though I made it as clear as I could that I had neither strength nor a fit for either of his suits. It didn't go well.

Today's Work: I got there so late, due to factors including flooding in town and a truck blocking the highway, that I spent the first half of the day in meetings. I took care of some administrative stuff (and still only a small portion of everything I need to do), and that was about it. Then I set my alarm for half an hour earlier tomorrow, so I'm not going to sleep very well, but if I keep shifting my alarms until I don't fall asleep in the first place, perhaps I'll make it to work on time someday. I still need to find the time to clean the basement.

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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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