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Today's Bridge: The subject is the last thing you want to hear when you feel you were stretching your own bid. I had S A-Q-J-x-x H x-x-x-x D Q C J-x-x, I think, so when Ken opened 1D and Dan overcalled 2D, I thought a double was in order. I believe the opponents settled in 3C and passed it to me, so I bid 3S, figuring that we might end up in 4H, but at least I had the diamond singleton either way. 3S held, and Ken showed me S 10-9-x H A-x-x-x D K-10-x-x-x C x. I probably don't have the hands quite right, but I'm pretty sure it went something like this: Kevin started with a diamond to Dan's ace, and Dan cashed the ace of clubs before leading another diamond, and I took the opportunity to sluff a heart while Kevin played low and I got a low diamond from the board. I decided to cash the king of diamonds, sluffing a second heart, and Kevin ruffed and led the eight of spades to attack the crossruff. I played the 9 to draw Dan's king, then ruffed a club low, ruffed a diamond with the jack to prevent an overruff, then ruffed my last club with the ten. Finally, I ruffed a diamond low, hoping that Dan had both remaining spades. Indeed, he did, and I ran the queen to leave him with only the high spade, then led a heart to the ace. That left me leading the thirteenth diamond from the board, and when Dan ruffed, I tossed my last heart and got my ninth trick with the final spade. It was a pretty impressive rubber, given that we were vulnerable from the very first hand - Ken stopped at 4S and we ended up making 7. I'm pretty sure it wasn't my fault, since all I had were three little spades and the two minor kings. Another rather funny hand had me open 1H with S A-Q-J-7 H A-K-J-x-x D 10-x C x-x. Ken responded 2H, and Dan put in 2S. I found that rather amusing and bid 3H, which Dan doubled because we had the 3S partscore I described above and this was for the rubber. Ken had S 10-x H 6-x-x D A-Q-J-9-8 C x-x-x. Thanks to the auction, Kevin led a spade to Dan's king and my ace, I ran a low diamond to the eight and Dan's king, and Dan led a club to Kevin's king, whereupon Kevin put me on the board with a second spade lead. I ran the successful heart finesse, pulled two more rounds of trump, and discarded all the remaining clubs on the spades and diamonds to make two overtricks. I even got head-trippy after managing to set a making 5C Dbl (it was Kevin's misplay - he didn't take advantage of my double to play me for the Q-x-x of clubs, so I got the queen as well as my two aces while all of Ken's spades disappeared into Kevin's void) and declared 5C Dbl on what was meant to have been a 3C open, but became an overcall of Dan's 2D. I blundered by finessing Ken's A-Q of diamonds on the opening lead, and Kevin ruffed the return and cashed a spade for the set. I could have pulled trump if I'd taken the ace immediately, leaving me to lose only the diamond and the spade.

Today's Work: Being very confused by documentation.

It's also been snowing. Has the weather checked a calendar lately? I don't think it's accumulating, but I can't see out the window because it's all fogged up. That's not the only thing.

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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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