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Today's Bridge: We were one short and brought in Bruce, who's usually a very desirable opponent. I started with a very marginal 2S opener that Ken takeout doubled and Bruce declined to take it out. He then threw a queen under my king and held the ace for later, but that only gave me a third overtrick. Then they went for a cheap 2 and missed it, but got the follow-up 2S. Bruce didn't raise Ken's 1S response on the next hand, but Ken only made seven tricks, so it worked out. Close to giving up our vulnerability advantage, I picked up S A-10-x H A-K-J-5-4-3-2 C K-J-9 (I love the spots in hearts), and Jerry opened 3C. Well, bid what you think you can make, right? I responded 4H, which I believe I would have made, but Jerry didn't like that and bid 4S. I figured that if he could bid over my closeout, I would indeed return to his suit. So when Bruce cheered and asked whether we'd see a five bid, I just said "No" and pulled the 6C card. Ken doubled that on the strength of his two aces, but Bruce helpfully led the queen of hearts and Jerry got to work. He led the nine of clubs to Ken's ace, and Ken led back a low spade, which rode all the way to the ten. Jerry ran two rounds of trump, even though they were all gone after one, then cashed hearts until he'd made the contract. The spades were well-placed, though - Ken had the jack and Bruce had the king, so neither one could lead spades without establishing a trick for us. My preferred line, if Bruce had gone up with the king of spades, is to ruff a heart with the queen (in case the queen at trick one was a singleton), cross to the jack of clubs (pulling the last one on the way), and if the hearts really were 5-1, he can ruff another heart, then cross to the king of clubs with either a club or a diamond to run the suit. Hearts as trump should be good for at least five tricks (six with the actual 3-3 split), plus the ace of spades, so all I would need are three clubs. The 2-1 club split ensures that I have a dummy entry after pulling trump, and the worst they can do is take a couple of slow spades - again, if I play the suit right, I get two spades no matter which opponent leads them. 6C could probably have been effectively attacked with diamond leads, culling board entries before Jerry has a chance to establish the hearts, but if he exits by ruffing a heart each time, I believe we win the race. So that was the first rubber, and I started the second one with S A-K-Q-J-x-x-x H J D A-x-x C K-x - perhaps a bit strong for a 4S opener, but that's eight and a half tricks and a singleton. I'm not going to find a better description than that. Jerry's S 10-x-x H x-x D K-Q-x-x C J-9-x-x wasn't going to make us any slams, but it was just the support I needed. Ken started with the ace of clubs, then the ten, and I covered with the jack in hope of drawing the queen and establishing the nine as a place to park my heart, but that didn't pan out. Bruce went for a 2H contract that seemed sensible from his perspective, but Ken had responded with a Yarborough and we ended up setting him, even though I think I handed him a trick. Finally, Ken went for a two contract that he thought he'd made, but he'd gathered a "book" of only five tricks and we took six.

Today's Work: I spent most of the day entering my voucher for my recent trip, finally. It's a long and complicated process, especially given the length and circumstances of my trip. Coming home a day early changed the itinerary, but the online status didn't reflect that, and both flights somehow made it into one ticket listing, but with the price of only one of the flights. I was able to make all of the necessary changes in the end, and the amount the system listed for payment to my travel card matched the balance exactly, so I think everything worked out. There will probably be questions and they'll naturally kick it back for revision a few times, because nothing is ever perfect, but at least it's submitted. I spent a bit of time doing the other stuff I'm working on, but I saved most of that for tomorrow, when I'll be working from home. I'll finally be going to therapy again, and I honestly don't know how I'm feeling. I guess I'll find out.

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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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