Nidoking (nidoking) wrote,

"Pointers to void" has never been more accurate

Today's Bridge: We could have done better at times, but we won pretty handily. We had a 3NT, S A-Q-x H K-J-x D K-Q-10-9-x C A-x, which I opened 2NT even though I was light for it because I really liked the diamonds, and Dan C. passed with S J-x H A-x D J-x-x-x C K-Q-x-x-x, which I felt was worth exploring slam even with a 90 partscore. It depends on two finesses, but the opening lead was a heart and the spade king was placed well, so I made 6. When I opened 1D with S K H Q-x-x-x D A-Q-x-x-x C A-x-x or so and Dan jumped to 2S, I jumped to 3NT to show a limited hand with controls elsewhere and short spades. Dan bid 4C, which I took as Gerber and bid 4S to show two aces. He passed that, but still could have made the contract by pulling trump - he held the A-Q of spades up and led a diamond after Paul had already ruffed a diamond, giving up a club ruff and another diamond ruff. He had a really strong hand and it might well have been worth 6NT. Dan doubled a 4H based partly on my incredibly weak 2S balance, which I only made because I was 5-5 in the black suits and void in hearts, and I was overcalling 2C. It was close, but we set them. Finally, we bid up to 4S, Ken doubled, and Dan redoubled (I probably should have, but my hand was limited and he knew what he had), and he made it even though he made a faulty claim and gave up a heart ruff instead of pulling trump. It was only a 400-point mistake.

Today's Work: I switched a driver that was already performing an action to doing it the new way, entirely for consistency. And to provide more of a template for anyone who wants to do it in the future. I happen to think it's pretty simple, which was the goal.

It's been a rough day for me emotionally, again because of all the hate that was happening and then not and then happening elsewhere. I don't like seeing it happen and I really don't like seeing people I respect call out their hatred for other people I respect, since I always feel like I've done at least as much as anyone else to deserve that kind of treatment. The only thing that separates me from them is that the people who should be hating me don't know me well enough to understand. I know it's not true, but it seems like every time I try to do something to help anyone, I end up doing the opposite, and I don't think any amount of good intentions or apologies will ever make up for how much I hurt people. I'm still well aware that it's not true, thank you very much for pointing it out, but I'm once again lost trying to find a hole in the "logic" that drives me to believe it. I'd be open to suggestions if I thought anyone would post any.

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