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Today's Bridge: We started with a 3NT, then the opponents made a 4S where I thought they were going to look for slam, but they were missing all three side-suit aces and had a chance to get away with losing two, I think. We each made a partscore, and then the disaster hand came along. I had S 2 H K-J-10 D A-10-9-8-7-x C A-J-x, which was strong enough that even if I wanted to pre-empt, I was pretty much stuck opening 1D. Jerry overcalled 1S, and Dan C. doubled, which I took to be a negative (takeout) double. I considered bidding 2S, but I wasn't that strong and the diamonds were my only good suit, so I bid 2D. Jerry bid 2H, and both Dan and Paul passed. I could have let it go, but I really thought we should be playing in three of a minor, so I bid 2S to ask Dan to choose the minor - if he bid 2NT, I'd correct to 3C, which should be playable. The one thing I figured he wouldn't possibly do with a known five-card suit in the opponent's hand was pass. So I found myself declaring 2S with a singleton 2 opposite S A-Q-8-6 H x-x-x D Q-x C Q-10-x-x. Jerry started with the ten of spades, which I ducked, then switched to a club to Paul's king and my ace. I saw little reason not to cash the jack, then the ten, and both opponents followed. I led a heart to my ten, finessing Paul for the queen, and Jerry took the ace and led another heart to Paul's queen and my king. I didn't want to risk Paul getting a ruff, so I had to attack the diamonds next. I led a low one and Jerry ruffed immediately. He led a heart and Paul followed, so I had nothing to lead but the ace of diamonds. Another ruff from Jerry, and he led the thirteenth heart, which I had to ruff with the eight, and Paul overruffed with the nine. (I don't think the queen would have done any better, since I'd have had to lead a spade from the remaining A-8.) He led the king of diamonds, so I had to ruff with the queen, and that left Jerry the king of spades for their sixth trick. Maybe, had I led a low diamond instead of the ace toward the lone queen, Jerry would have ruffed again, leaving me the ace to cover Paul's king. Then Jerry would have had to ruff a third diamond with the jack, leaving me the queen of clubs for my eighth trick. Oh well. I was glad to be off only one in such a poor contract. Dan finished with a 3D pre-empt to end the rubber, and I don't remember what happened in the final hand, but I think the opponents declared.

It's been a pretty hectic day, more for my guest than for me, and it means big things to come shortly. But my Internet research indicates that a toilet with a 10-inch rough in should fit in a space smaller than that, and I measured mine at 9 1/2", so I should be able to manage an actual commercial toilet. I'll just need to enlist some help in getting it home and moving the one I already bought upstairs to be the eventual replacement for the toilet in my bathroom.

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