Honestly, I have no idea what I was thinking. On the first hand, I passed Paul's jump shift when we had good slam possibilities in the suit I'd bid. Then Paul doubled a 3S contract into game, and we ended up losing the rubber. I had another boneheaded play when I was holding H A-J-9-x-x-x D K-Q-10-x C K-x-x, which is a great hand for hearts. I opened 1H, Paul S. predictably overcalled 1S, Paul bid 2H, Dan bid 2S, and I bid 4H just to close things out. Paul confessed that he was a bit weak for his bid and predicted off one. I got that into my head while he laid down S K-9-x-x-x H Q-x-x D x-x-x C x-x. So we're missing three aces and a king, and the finesses are bound to fail, right? Fortunately, Paul S. has that habit I've mentioned of leading out his high cards, so he led the ace of diamonds, then the ace of spades. I sluffed a club. I SLUFFED A CLUB. Beat me over the head, please. Then he led a low diamond, so I won in my hand, led a low heart to Paul S.'s king, and he led a club. Dan took the ace for the setting trick and led me a diamond, so I led to the queen of hearts, led the king of spades and ruffed a spade back to my hand, then pulled the last trump and claimed the rest of the tricks. Had I ruffed that damn ace, I probably could have pulled it off, although I think they still get the last club somewhere along the line. I know we didn't have the queen. On the last hand, I made a rather impressive 4S, but overall, I completely bombed the whole day. Everyone had at least one mistake, but I was the king of screw-ups today. As Baldrick once said: "Shall I prepare a room for Mr. Cock-Up, My Lord?"
Then the good news: Geneon DOES have a customer service number, which I plan to call tomorrow while some of my work runs in the background. I'll get the story straight from the horse's mouth. I finished the AYAE DVD tonight, just because, and I shaved just because as well. Not a lot going on tonight. The Slayers DVD works just fine on my computer... I discovered last night that even feeding both channels of stereo into my mono jack didn't work on the TV, so I can't watch Slayers before bed. It'll have to be on the computer. But I got the first season of Ranma back today, so I'll have that to continue watching after I finish the Di Gi Charat DVD. I also sent that note to inform the office of my upcoming personal day for Sugoicon, and I'll get the badge picture taken for the third time when I go in to turn in the cans I'm bringing for the secret project, whatever that is. I wasn't planning to have Chicken and Mushroom Casserole tonight, but it's good, so I don't mind, and I HAD thawed a pound of chicken in preparation for a chicken dish, so it worked out well. That's two "regular size" cans and one that's probably smaller than what they want, so I tossed it.
I should write more tonight, but if I'm not inspired enough, I'd like to continue in Legend of Dragoon. Might as well, right? But I want to play through Legaia again, even though I still haven't gotten all of my characters to level 99 to learn the final magic just yet. It would take months of concerted (and rather tedious) effort to manage that, and I doubt the magic will be of much use (besides which, I can beat most groups of three enemies in a single round now, and I beat the final boss when I first got to it in four rounds, about 15 levels ago), but the powerful magics are nifty to see. And I need to get back to Legaia 2 as well. I went back in the dungeon to search for an item I'd missed but didn't need (a clue to a puzzle I solved on my own), and the too-frequent fights and long distance between save points got to me.
I need to finish reading the Dark Tower books before Mom catches up.
Looks like Boston's way ahead in their suckball game. This pleases most of the people on my friends list who have an opinion. Maybe I'll tune in tomorrow afternoon when the game finally ends and see who actually wins. ... Do you think it'll be over by then?
I'm going to have a slice of cherry pie while it's still edible. I'll save the cheese-filled pretzel sticks for later in the week.
Routine stuff and then random observations. That's the way my journal entries go. But I like them that way.