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Today's Bridge: We had a very disappointing, but still entertaining day. I started with S A-K-J-x-x H A-x D K-x-x C Q-10-x or so, so I opened 1C (Precision), Dan C. overcalled 2C, and Dan H. responded 2NT. I took that as game-forcing and bid 3S, which he raised to 4S. His holding was S Q-x-x H K-x-x-x D A-x-x-x C J-x or so, exactly what I was looking for. Dan C. led trump at every opportunity, so I led clubs to encourage him to keep doing it, not that the leads really mattered. I lost a diamond and two clubs. The opponents went for 3H when I had four hearts to the J-10 and five diamonds (their second suit) to the K-Q-10 - the splits were horribly against them for off two. They made 3D after that, though, and then it was time for slam. Dan H. opened 1C when I had S 10 H A-10-x-x-x-x-x D K-Q-x-x C A, a beautiful hand and a beautiful opening bid. The only thing better was when he raised my 1H response to 2H. I bid 3C to probe for an ace, and when he bid 3S, I jumped straight to 6H. With his S A-K H K-Q-J D J-10-x-x-x C Q-x-x, it's a great contract, but the diamonds were 4-0 in the wrong direction. So much as swap the opponents' hands, and it can't be beaten. Dan next opened 1NT when I had S 10-x-x-x H J-x-x D x C A-K-5-4-3, so I bid 2C, he bid 2H, and I bid 3C for closeout. However, he continued to 3D, so I put us in 3H. He may have had a play for it by ruffing diamonds early, but he pulled two rounds of trump before pitching in diamonds, and the opponents generously let him get that last ruff instead of leading another trump. Finally, Jerry opened 1C when I had S K-Q-x H K-x-x D A-J-x-x-x C A-10, so I doubled. Dan C. jumped to 3C, which was passed around to me, and I bid 3D. Dan C. tried 4C, but Dan H. raised me to 4D with the amazing holding of S x-x-x H 10-x D Q-10-x-x-x-x C J. I should have made it, but Dan C. started with a spade to Jerry's ace, and Jerry led a low heart back. If the ace is offside, I'm losing two hearts no matter what and have to pick up the diamonds, but if it's onside, I have to go up with the king. Ducking might establish the king, but I have no loser in dummy to throw on it. Having held up the king and assured a second heart loser, I proceeded to cash the ace of diamonds, but the king was protected and onside for the finesse. I did everything wrong.

Today's Work: I checked out the parts of the build that we've left out until this point, and it turns out that we don't actually seem to need them at all. We're having problems in the area we thought one of them was for, but that's another cause entirely. We'll have to figure out how much time to devote to fixing that now as opposed to getting back on our feet and tossing that on the pile of stuff we have left to do. It's all in a day's work.
I went a bit outside my usual realm of culinary expertise tonight - I made Thai coconut curry chicken with a mixture of bean sprouts, water chestnuts, and bamboo shoots to stand in for the usual rice or noodles. I think something in the mix was a bit too strong a flavor, but overall, it worked well. I've got another set of the same vegetables to go with sesame chicken later this week. It's probably a bit expensive to do the same thing regularly, although I could probably get by with about half the serving I made. I miss having easy access to regular-sized cans of stir-fry vegetables - those would probably work really well.

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