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Today's Bridge: It wasn't a great start, including a 2-trick set at 3C when I had a strong hand and Ken had nothing to offer. But the last two hands completely turned things around. Penultimately, the opponents rather confidently bid their way to 3D, and I kept my power (all of about two aces and a singleton diamond) hidden while Ken doubled. He turned out to have a pretty monstrous diamond hand himself, as well as very long clubs to good honors, and when Ken had finished pulling all the trump and running clubs, the only trick Paul managed to take was the queen of diamonds. Off eight doubled vulnerable. I remember the next auction pretty well, since Dan H. opened 2D and Paul missed it and tried to bid 1S. He corrected to 2S, and Ken doubled. With S A-x-x H x D K-Q-10-8 C K-x-x-x-x, I would have bid 3C, but Dan bid 3H and I didn't really think 4C was a good idea. I'd have bid it if Ken had doubled, but he passed. He was, of course, 5-5 in hearts and clubs, and they were pretty good hearts. I led my singleton heart and took a chance on ducking a ten of spades lead to the Q-J-x-x-x, but Ken had the king and pulled trump again, leaving me with a couple of diamond tricks in the end. We didn't do quite as well as the previous hand, but off five vulnerable was still a nice cap for the day. I'm pretty sure we would have ended up making at least 5C, since Ken had the ace of hearts to cover my singleton and a diamond void, giving us first round control in each side suit, and the clubs were 2-1, so we get eight club tricks, the top two spades, and the top heart. We should be able to wrangle a diamond as well, especially if Paul leads one, which would be the natural play. That makes six. I think we made the wrong call, but then, I don't imagine we'd have found the slam anyway.

Today's Work: Even more training, but at least most of today was familiar territory. It was all stuff I remembered from earlier courses.

I recorded another Psychonauts commentary this evening, and while it probably needs a lot of cleaning up and maybe rerecording some lines, there are very long silences, so it should be pretty quick. I expect to be posting the next update tomorrow evening. Reception has been great so far, so I'm pretty pleased.

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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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