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Today's Bridge: It was a shutout in our favor. I don't think we quite bid to our potential, but we certainly didn't overbid. The opponents started with a stretch for a game that was off three, if I remember correctly - I had four trump to the Q-10, and while Dan H. played the suit well and only lost the one he had to lose, he didn't have the length to deal with a barrage of side suit cards from us. Then we made a game, and I invited another one with 4C, but that was where we stopped and what we made. I think the next hand was S K-Q-9-x-x H Q-J-x-x D A-x-x C x or so. I opened 1S in fourth seat, Dan H. doubled, and Dan C. redoubled. Ken bid 2H, which I let go, but Dan C. reopened 2S. Ken raised himself to 3H, and I considered doubling, but I figured Dan C. was really weak and our spade power wouldn't amount to much. He raised to 3S, though, and offered me S A-J-10-x D K-Q-10-x C J-x-x-x-x or so. I saw no reason not to ruff the opening heart lead low, and I think I led a club. Dan H. took that and led a diamond. I should have put up the ten, but I played low from dummy and had to cover the eight with my ace. I tried a second diamond to the king and a ruff from Ken. He returned another club, so I ruffed with the nine and pulled a round or two of trump, led the diamond for the marked finesse, and crossruffed the rest. Dan C. opened the first hand of the new rubber 1S, and with S A-x H x-x D K-J-10-x-x-x C A-x-x, I bid 2D. He passed that with S K-x-x-x-x H A-x-x D Q-x-x C K-x - a good hand for 2NT, I think, although I'll correct back to diamonds, possibly a jump to 4. It's pretty plain to see that we lose only a heart and the ace of diamonds unless Dan H. takes the ace on the second trump trick and leads his last diamond to eliminate my club ruff. He didn't. Dan C. then doubled Dan H.'s opening 1H, and Ken raised to 2H. With S 10-9-x-x H A-J-x D K-x-x-x C x-x, I felt I had barely enough to bid 2S. One of the opponents bid 3H, and Dan C. doubled that, probably counting me for a bit more strength than I had. He started with the A-x of spades, and Dan H. crossed to the board and led a heart away from his king. I took the ace immediately and led a spade, which Dan C. ruffed with the queen, establishing my jack for a guaranteed trick. He led the ace of diamonds back, which was ruffed immediately, but he still got a club along the way to set the contract by just one. Finally, I picked up S Q-J-10-x H Q-J-x-x D Q-x-x-x-x and knew exactly how the auction was going to go - 1C-1D-2C-2S-3C-3H. Dan C. closed in 4D with the rather impressive S A-x D A-10-x-x C A-J-10-9-x-x-x. I ruffed the heart lead, then cashed the ace of clubs and ruffed a club, drawing the king from Dan H. I led a low diamond to Dan's jack, and decided to let him have that so I could keep control of trump. He led a spade, which I let go to Ken's king, and he fired back another spade to remove my board entry. I ruffed another club, finding the split 3-3, and led the queen of diamonds to the ace, so that if the king remained out, I could run clubs until whoever had it ruffed and keep the ten of diamonds as an entry to the rest, even though I was pretty much throwing away winners at this point. But the trump also split evenly, and the clubs were all good. In clubs, we have to lose at least two clubs and a diamond, and I don't think we can get rid of the losing spade without losing a heart in its place, so while 3C likely makes, 4D is the right place to be, I think.

Today's Work: It was stressful because I was ready to leave about an hour earlier than usual, then got kind of sick and spent an hour waiting until I was ready to get on the road. Then I still had to scrape all the slush off my car. Fortunately, the temperature was just warm enough that the roads were clear, aside from a few cars that had gone off the highway and an ominously ruined guardrail where the emergency crew was yesterday. With all that, I was only about fifteen minutes late. I spent most of the time working on one big change that really improves a few things with regard to our major task right now, and someone told me that the weather back home was really bad. By the time I got back, the roads were clear again - there were signs of snow in the grass once I got back to town proper, but that was it. There will probably be a lot of ice tomorrow, but I might not be sick. Or I might be - I'm already coughing pretty hard. I can't judge how I'll feel until tomorrow morning, but at least I think I'm at the point in the sprint where I can reasonably work from home if I need to. Someone needs me to show her what to do, though, so I should really make the effort unless I really can't. At least the weather report says it should be clear for the next week or so.

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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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