Nidoking (nidoking) wrote,

There's lots of discussion in my thread. I like that.

Today's Bridge: I drew in again, and my side came out well on top again. The only auction that I thought was particularly interesting saw me holding something like S A-K-x-x-x D Q-x-x C K-x-x-x-x, and Dan C. as my partner opened 1NT. I felt 2C was the right response, and when he bid 2D to deny a four-card major, I jumped to 3S to indicate my length and strength. With S Q-x-x H A-J-x D K-J-x-x C A-Q-x or thereabouts, he raised me to 4S. Not a bad hand for the weak hand to declare. There was also an interesting one where Dan jumped me up to 5S after something like 1S-2D-2S-5S. I had A-K-Q-9-4 of spades and he had three little ones, if I'm remembering the hands correctly, and the 9 took the first trick when Ken led his singleton spade. That made things easy, since my top three spades could pull Paul's without needing to finesse. If he plays high from his J-10-7-3, then I have to lead from the board at least once to avoid promoting his top trump. I think I lost the A-Q of hearts, so we were at the right level - I was minimum for my bids, so I didn't take the slam invite. I also saw something very unusual when I had S x H A D x-x-x-x C Q-J-x-x-x-x-x - naturally, that was a 3C opener, but I couldn't make any use of Dan's K-Q-x-x-x-x-x of hearts because of my singleton ace and no other entries to his hand. Never before has a singleton ace been a liability rather than a strength in a trump contract. (Actually, I'm sure it's happened plenty of times before, but it has to be rare.)

Work was actually pretty good today. After the morning meeting (which was admittedly almost entirely spent talking about something that everyone agreed up front had been beaten to death already), I got a new version of our manual to review, and someone brought me information that I need for a biweekly report I need to start making. I also learned that our number of expected furlough days has been reduced again - but it's still more than ten, which means I'll lose a pay period's worth of leave accumulation. That doesn't hurt me much, since I've got more than I'll ever use, but it's annoying in principle. Still, there's a lot of rumor that we won't even be serving all of those days. There's plenty of time to find out.
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