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Today's Bridge: Jerry and I teamed up against Dan C. and Ken. They started with a 1NT and a few overtricks, and then Jerry raised my flat, minimum 1D opener to 2D. I got three overtricks, but a 5D bid would have been impossible to make. Ken let us negotiate a bit in an underpowered misfit before taking us out into 3S off one. Not too bad a deal, but I don't think Jerry and I had nine tricks in any suit. I finished the game with a 2NT where I would have bid 3 if we'd needed it - I had S K-Q-J-7-x H 9 D A-x-x-x C A-x-x and Jerry opened 1H, so we bid 1S-2C-2NT. The opening lead was a low spade into S 10 H A-Q-x-x-x D Q-x-x C K-x-x-x, and the ten held. I crossed to the ace of clubs and led the queen to Ken's ace, Dan following with the eight. Ken apparently took that as signaling the presence of an honor and led a low spade, giving me the remainder. At that point, I had nothing to lose by taking the heart finesse, which won, and Ken ended up forced to lead a diamond away from the king to give me the queen for a second overtrick. I had a strong hand to defend against their 4H, but the distribution was heavily in their favor, and we could only get the ace of clubs and two diamonds. Finally, I had a monster hand: S A-x H A-K-x-x D K-J-10-x C A-x-x. So I opened 1C, Jerry responded 1D as expected, and I jumped to 2NT. He raised to game with S J-10-x-x-x-x-x H x-x D 5 C K-x-x. It was a gamble, but it all depends on the spade split - if they're 2-2, we've got six spades, two clubs, two hearts, and a likely diamond. If not, we get five tricks plus as many diamonds as I can collect, not nine by any stretch. As it was, we got a diamond lead and the spades split, so I picked up two doubled vulnerable overtricks.

Today's Work: InstallShield works now. I have no idea what changed. Unfortunately, the install has some problems, but I'm working on those. I think I resolved one of them right at the end of the day (again, with no idea what I did), but I'll have to wait until tomorrow to test it. We found another interesting problem with some recent work, relating to a faulty tutorial. I got that resolved pretty quickly, at least, but I have no idea why it works on most of our test systems and not others. There's one other thing that I have an idea how I might be able to fix, but it'll be a long, drawn-out process.

I made swordfish steak again, with pork and beef mozzarella-stuffed meatballs. It made a bit of a mess, but turned out okay. Not as good as I'd hoped. I probably just didn't cook it very well.

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