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Today's Bridge: We had a couple of bad hands and one good one. I passed the opening with a 12-point hand and had no problem raising Ken's invitation to game in spades, and probably could have had an overtrick had I pulled all the trump - I left the jack out intending to clear clubs, and Paul ruffed the second round. I still made it and had two trump left in each hand for the last three tricks. We had less luck in an auction that went 1D-P-2S-3H-3S and with four hearts and a queen (not the hearts), I went ahead and raised to 4H. That was doubled and off three. In another hand, I opened 1S with S K-x-x-x-x H A-K-J-x D x-x C x-x - a bit light, but I liked it enough. Ken jumped to 2NT, and I attempted to sign off in 3S because we had a 40 partscore. Ken raised to 4S, which I took as a slam invitation, so I went ahead and cue-bid 5H. He left it in 5S, Dan doubled, and I redoubled because I never redouble when I should. Ken's hand was the barely strong enough to jump S A-J-x-x H Q-10-x-x D Q-x-x C A-x, which is plenty for 4S but isn't going to make 5. The spades split and Dan had the queen, so there was no danger there, but I also needed to find Dan with both the ace and king of diamonds to set one up before they led two clubs, and Paul had the ace. Off one. We managed a couple of sets, one when Paul pushed to 6C and Dan reneged by ruffing a spade when he still had one, otherwise taking every trick. I probably should have ruffed his diamonds while he was sluffing losers - he didn't have many viable board entries.

Today's Work: Finishing up the cosmetic efforts on the stuff I was working on last week. Tomorrow, I shift back to the thing I was doing before and some global efforts that I won't need to tie into the rest of the system until the end. I also need to demo and test what I have right now later in the week, so I think I'll sandbox the work and tie it in afterward. It's good stuff.

My guest is cleaning the house, probably as much out of necessity as in exchange for the room and board. We went out before dinner for cleaning supplies and they picked some serious stuff. I may have at some of those myself when I get a chance, although I still think my bathroom is a lost cause and I should just replace everything. At least the air freshener is making it smell pretty nice. We watched the first episode of Doctor Who, just as an introduction to the concept of the series. I think we'll try to catch up with where Mom and I left off in the series over the rest of the week, if we have the time.

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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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