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Today's Bridge: Ken and I got off to a rousing start with two quick games. The opponents just managed a 1H, and then it was my turn to declare my only contract for the day, a 3D pre-empt with S Q-10 H x-x D K-Q-10-9-8-5-2 C x-x. A bit light, but that's a solid suit and I was overcalling a 1C. Ken had a great hand for it, S A-K-9-x H A-x-x-x D J C 10-x-x-x. I saw no reason to duck the heart lead, and Dan C. held up the ace of trump twice, so I just cashed the spades. The jack fell on the third round, so I was able to throw one of my clubs and the heart for two overtricks. Ken apologized for not raising me, but the heart lead establishes a heart trick, and the opponents have two clubs to cash at either of their two opportunities. If I'm in 4D, my only path is to try the spades without touching trump, and a 4-3 split lets me get rid of one loser. 5D doesn't make at all. We finished the game with a 4S, but then Ken raised my 1NT overcall to 2S (with a 2C interference bid, so systems were off), and with four of them myself, I felt comfortable bidding 3S. He'd overstated his power a bit, and ended up off two doubled. There was a possible play for off one by ducking diamonds to establish a second trick in the suit, but he was probably going to lose six before setting up anything. He was ruffing winners at the end.

Today's Work: I had a lot of administration to take care of, but I got a few smaller efforts done. I need to start tackling the biggest one tomorrow.

I made the pork chops again tonight. I did it properly this time. They came out about the same as they did last time, which is pretty good. I figure I should really try to get some mint sauce or something to go with them, but they work fairly well on their own.

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