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Today's Bridge: Another not so good day, but this time, Ken and I really didn't have much to work with. We set a 1D by three tricks, which was just comical (Dan C. wasn't paying attention and passed on a decent hand with good spades and only two diamonds, and I had A-Q-J-9-5 of trump and a singleton heart), and he barely made a 1NT which he bid despite having five spades - we might have had a shot at setting that as well, but I wasn't particularly interested by that point. It wasn't until the final hand that we even managed to declare anything - Dan H. opened 1S, and with S K-x H A-x-x D A-Q-J-x-x C Q-x-x, I felt I was a bit too strong to bid 2D, so I doubled. Ken bid 2H, and when I bid 3D, he raised to 4D. I was at the very bottom of my bid, so I passed, and Dan C. jumped in with 4S. Ken raised to 5D with S x H Q-10-x-x D 10-9-x-x-x C A-J-x, a clear sacrifice in my opinion, but not necessarily a bad one. The opening lead was the ace of spades, followed by a diamond, which found the king for me. I pulled the remaining trump and ran the queen of clubs, naturally losing the finesse. Dan H. did me a huge favor by leading his king of hearts, and since it was pretty obvious that he wouldn't have led it if he also had the jack, I took the marked finesse to make the contract. Granted, had I been thinking about it, on a club or spade lead, I would have had to cash the ace in the faint hope of finding him with the singleton king as the only way to make the contract, but I was trying to minimize my losses and would likely have led up to the queen. As for 4S, they'd have had a hard time making it - we get the three aces, and we're very likely to get a second club. Probably a second heart as well.

Today's Work: I was down for half the day again due to updates to my laptop. When I finally got it back, I managed to finish what I was working on yesterday. It's one of those weird situations where there's no right answer, and I just had to take a guess at which one was the least wrong.

I'm starting to wonder when my replacement CPAP supplies will show up. I ordered them a week ago.

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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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