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Today's Bridge: Brent and I took on the Dans, and we came out on top for the most part. We each started with two of a major, including a 2S that Brent made exactly, before I finished the game in a competitive auction that ended in 4S. I had S A-10-x-x-x H x-x D A C A-Q-x-x-x or so, so even with Brent's minimal support and the Dans bidding up to 4D, I felt confident in 4S. The opening lead was a club, and Brent gave me S Q-x-x H x-x-x D Q-x-x-x C K-x-x or so. With two hearts to lose, I had to play the spades for only one loss, and the method I chose was to take the first club in dummy and run the queen of spades - I was happy to lose to Dan C.'s king, because he couldn't lead a club for a ruff, although there was probably transportation available in hearts. Instead, he led his second club, both opponents following again, so I cashed the ace of spades, hoping to bring down the jack. Dan C. played it, so I claimed the rest of my ten tricks and we moved on. Next, I had S A-K H Q-x D Q-J-10-x-x-x C A-K-x. Despite the concentration of values in my short suits, I opened 1D and, over Dan C.'s 3S pre-empt, bid up to 4D. Brent's hand this time was S x-x-x H A-J-10-x-x D A-x C J-10-x. I lost the queen of clubs, the king of diamonds, and, even though the finesse worked, the king of hearts due to carelessness, but I made the contract. I finished with another 4S that I don't remember, but which nearly made slam (I probably mixed up the two 4S contracts, honestly), and we moved on to a final hand. Dan C. opened this one 1NT, and with S 2 H Q-J-x-x D A-K-x-x C K-J-5-3, I felt I was too good to let it go, but I didn't have a good way to bid my hand. I picked 2C as the least offensive option, Brent raised me to 3C, and Dan C. doubled, naturally. Dummy was not promising: S K-Q-J-10-x H x-x-x D x-x C 7-6-4 - a decent spade suit but no way to get to it. The opening lead was the eight of clubs to Dan H.'s queen and my king. I considered in post the idea of going after the spades immediately, while I still had a diamond ruff as an entry, but Dan C. can go up with the ace at any time, cash the ace of clubs that I know he has, and lead his third club to deplete dummy, leaving me with two diamond losers and still no way to dump them on spades. (At best, I can ditch one on the second spade, but he'll cover once he knows I'm out of spades.) So I cashed the top two diamonds and ruffed the third, drawing Dan C.'s queen and marking Dan H. for the last diamond. From there, there was little to do but start running the spades. Dan C. let me have the king, then covered the queen, while I sluffed a heart - the diamond probably would have been a better choice, but the hearts would never run four times anyway and the opponents would soon have the advantage in trump. Dan C. followed with the top two hearts, and I threw my queen on the second in a vain hope. He followed with the ten of hearts, and Dan H. indeed threw a spade, letting me have the jack. With little else to do, I led my last diamond, and Dan C. jumped up with the ten of clubs, then cashed the ace, setting up the last two tricks for me with the J-5 and the nine still out. With the lead coming from my left, I could cover the nine on whichever trick it appeared - in the event, he led a spade and everyone else followed, letting me ruff with the low club and cash the established jack for my eighth trick. One off was a pretty favorable result for those hands, I think.

Today's Work: Another round of review, but I think we've got everything identified this time. I'm also looking into a new code quality assurance tool that looks pretty neat.

I made barbacoa fajitas for dinner, just to use up the ingredients. I also got what appears to be an outdated medical bill - it reflects what looks like an overpayment from an earlier bill applied to a charge that I'm pretty sure I paid two days before the date on this statement, but since that payment was by paper check, it probably got there after the statement date. I'll call tomorrow to ask about my balance just to make sure.

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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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