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Today's Bridge: We didn't always find the right contract - I ended an auction in 4S with S A-x-x-x-x H A-K-Q-10-9-x D x C x - I thought my partner had denied a club control and didn't know whether we were in slam range or not. I opened 1S, which may seem strange, but when my partner responded 2NT (opening strength and a suit fit), I still bid the hearts twice - 3H, 4D, 4H, and he corrected to 4S even so. What he had was S Q-10-9? H x D A-K-x-x-x C Q-x-x-x - possibly with more power on the side for his jump, but I can't remember it because it wasn't important. Paul led his singleton heart, pulling Kevin's jack, and I cashed the two diamonds, sluffing the club. I led the ten of spades, pulling the jack, and lost only the king in the end. Granted, a club lead defeats the slam - or really, any non-heart lead, since I'd probably play for the jack of hearts to drop rather than taking the finesse, and by the time I discover the bad split, the board has no hearts left to finesse, and I can't afford to hold off pulling trump or ruff two hearts on the board. That was probably the right contract. Less right was when I opened 2C with S K-x H A-Q-x D K-Q-J C A-K-x-x-x. Dan H. naturally responded 2D (after Paul considered for quite a while before passing), and I bid 3C just because I wanted to find a suit fit and 2NT wasn't a good idea with the short spades - my partner probably has no power at all. Dan passed that with S x-x-x H 9-x-x-x-x-x D x-x C J-x - I think I'm obliged to pass 3H if he bids it, and I think we get away with losing two hearts, the ace of diamonds, and the ace of spades - Paul has the ace, and if we can endplay him, he's forced to lead away from it and give us the king. As it was, I think I held it to off one by using the jack of clubs as a board entry, running the losing heart finesse. Dan played a pretty great hand where I thought he was going to set up my long clubs, and he did, but cashed my entries and gave up a final ruff to make the contract exactly instead.

The rest of the work day went pretty well, aside from there being a limited amount I could do to transfer some of the information I have to the person who needs it, and I can only hope things will continue to trend in that direction. I've got a few things I need to do around the house, particularly completing the questionnaire for the sleep study, so I suppose I'll get started with some of that. I have a bit more free time than usual since the Folklore LP is in a voting period at the moment, and I don't imagine that I'll be getting many more votes before the weekend. Fortunately, next Monday is Columbus Day, and I don't think I have any obligations that day, so I can probably record some footage and edit a video that day, and maybe even do something for Fable. I previewed the next video last night, so I should probably try to record commentary tonight before bed.

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Yes, I'm THAT Nidoking. Sometimes I write fanfiction... often I waste all my time playing video games and watching anime. But it's not a waste if I enjoy it, right? I can quote from a movie, video game, anime series, or British comedy apropos of just about any situation, and one of my main goals in life is to entertain people. (The other big one is amassing as much anime and manga as I can... see below for a progress report.) That's me in a nutshell. ("Help! I'm trapped in a nutshell! What a bloody great nutshell this is!")

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