Today's Bridge: I was the bottom card of the four who got to play, but we had quite an interesting rubber. Keith and Kevin started with a particularly ill-fated low-level spade contract, off three (I don't remember whether they had a better option or not, but I didn't see one), then made a game. I made a very weak and ratty 2S pre-empt in the next hand, and Paul raised me to four - I misguessed the hearts and ran the wrong finesse for off one. In the next hand, I held S A-Q-10-9-x-x-x H A-J-x D Q-x-x, so I opened 1S, Keith bid 2C, Paul passed, Kevin bid 3C, and I jumped to 4S. I was a bit strong to open at game, but it was where I was going to end up. Paul had excellent support with S K-2 H K-x-x-x D x-x-x C Q-J-x-x, and the heart lead guaranteed me the contract. I was happy to lose all three diamond tricks when the hearts failed to split. Ahead by 100 points, I was holding the rather amazing S K-x-x-x H A-10-x-x D K-J-x C A-x and got a bit upset when Keith opened 1NT. But Paul jumped to 3C and Kevin bid 4H. Instead of doubling, I bid a natural 4NT. I thought we had a decent chance of making it if Paul's clubs were as solid as I suspected, and they were: S x-x D Q-10-9 C K-J-10-9-x-x-x-x. Sadly, that's eight tricks' worth of clubs and the ace of hearts. I set up a diamond, carefully throwing my king away so I could lead the jack to the queen for the rest of the clubs, but they had two top hearts and two aces to cash first. Had I bid 5C instead, we have a chance, but Kevin leads. A spade lead finesses the king and we lose two spades and a diamond. Otherwise, Paul has to have the presence of mind to sluff a spade on the ace of hearts before pulling trump in order to make the contract. As for their 4H, I think they can make it. Kevin was void of clubs, but we can get two diamonds if we play for them, and I have the ace of trump, but he can lead through my ten to avoid losing that.
Today's Work: I've got to create the same pair of diagrams for about fifty different functionally identical classes. I hate certain parts of my job.
On the plus side, I beat two of the hardest Rayman levels with all of the cages collected, so I never have to play them again. I lost a lot more lives in each than I wanted to, but the results were too entertaining not to keep. This also buys me another month or two before I run out of video. I'll need that.
It's raining, which means there will probably be ice tomorrow morning, and my tire was definitely a bit deflated after work. I filled it up, and the pressure light didn't come on during the drive home, but I expect it's losing air pretty quickly now. It's the tire I had replaced a few years ago, too... I really don't want to replace it again, but maybe buying from a shop in town where I can return if I have problems again will get me a better quality tire. Or they might be able to repair the one I have. I just need to pick between Wal-mart and Pep Boys, because I don't want to take another day off work to get it done. I suppose I could schedule a day while Mom's here and ask her to do the driving that day, but because the dealership has already failed to find the problem, I want a second opinion before I pay to replace the newest tire on my car. I thought I got pretty good service from Pep Boys when I first moved here, but I can combine a Wal-mart run with the service run if I go there instead. I'll just keep it inflated until this weekend, in either case.