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Today's Bridge: I had at least one makeable contract that I didn't make - I misguessed the clubs and lost enough that Jerry knocked out all of my heart controls. Given that, I had to take the diamond finesse against him, and of course, Dan had the missing queen. A few more hands like that and the opponents were well ahead going into the final hand. I had 19 points and Q-J-x of spades, so when Paul opened 1S, I was looking for slam. I think we may have had 6H, but not 6S, and there were probably two diamond losers no matter what. Granted, when the auction was 1S-P-2NT-3C-3S-P-4C-P-4S-P-5S, you can probably tell that I really, really wanted to be in slam. Lots of pressure for Paul, but he lived up to it.

Today's Work: I spent most of the day putting in my travel voucher, now that I had time to do it. The process for claiming less than my full meal allowances was pretty complicated, and I may have done it wrong, but we'll see. I have a new task for tomorrow, and I might have to spend more time on it next week, depending. I set things up so it should be pretty simple, so I guess I'll see whether I succeeded.

I got involved in a few arguments over the RFRA today, and while I doubt I convinced anybody that discrimination should be illegal, I hope I gave them something to think about. Someone even thanked me for taking up the argument and trying to persuade people, and that felt good. Really good. I hope I can remember that when I start to feel bad and useless - the things I call myself a bad person over are really small-scale, personal things, so being able to do good things on the same scale should be a source of pride. Maybe this can be my source of happiness and self-worth for a while, until I slip back again. No idea how long that's going to last.


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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