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Should be a busy weekend of being lazy

Yesterday's Bridge: Not a great showing, since I made a couple of bad bids and paid for them to the tune of 700 points for one errant 3H when the opponents had settled in 3D and unknown to me, my partner had six of them to the K-10. We were doing really well otherwise, and Ken went for a slam in an auction where he opened 1D, I overcalled 1D, Dan C. jumped to 3D, Paul passed, Ken jumped to 4H (ace-asking with a minor trump suit), I cut in with 5C, Dan bid 5D, and Ken took a chance in 6D. I led from my K-Q-J-x-x of hearts to establish a trick there to go with my ace of spades and he had no answer for it.

Today's Bridge: Kevin and I went for three slams, stopped short of one, and made none. I blame him for the first one, where he opened 1NT, and with S 10 H Q-x-x D K-x C A-Q-10-8-x-x-x, I saw no better bid than 3C. He bid 3D, I bid 4C, he bid 4H, Dan C. doubled, I bid 5C (it could have been ace-asking, but I doubted it), he bid 5NT, Dan doubled again, and I took it for the grand slam force and bid 7C. Paul doubled that one, and with Kevin's S K-Q-x H A-K-J-x D A-J-x-x-x C J, I had no chance. Fortunately, Paul led a heart, so I took the queen, cashed the king of diamonds, finessed the jack, and led back the ace. Dan sluffed a heart, which let me ditch the ten of spades. I had a choice of finding Paul with the singleton king of clubs or Dan with K-x exactly, and the former seemed pretty odd if he'd doubled without the ace of spades, so I finessed the jack and lost. At least the clubs were split and I was only off one. We won the rubber on a three-putt (I passed a 1S overcall with 40 below and seven points including A-Q-x-x of spades, but had I raised, I think the opponents find 3C and make it) and a P-2S-2NT-3NT unopposed auction - I'd missed the opening pass, but I had a decent hand and the opponents didn't find their diamonds, so Kevin ran nine tricks. The second rubber was just the two slam tries - I fudged a 2C opener with S K-J-x-x-x H A-x D K-Q-x C A-K-J because I didn't want to open 2NT with five spades or 1S with 21 points. Kevin bid 2D, I bid 2S, and he jumped to 6S with S A-x-x-x H 9-x-x-x-x D x-x C Q-x. We lost the ace of diamonds right away, and I misguessed the queen of spades and couldn't get rid of the heart loser. Finally, I had S Q-x-x-x H A D K-x-x-x-x C A-K-Q. I opened 1D, Paul overcalled 1H, Kevin bid 1S, I jumped to 3S, Kevin raised to 4, and I thought I was too strong to let it go and bid 5C. He closed at 5S, and he tried to make it on a crossruff, but Dan led spades twice and shortened our trump too much. Dan jumped to game in an auction where they were looking for slam and made grand - I had the ace of spades and Paul had none.

Things have pretty much settled down, but my guest's family has been sending some very threatening messages - we think we're pretty safe here, but my guest has put off returning home until the situation is settled. We're going to try to catch up on Steven Universe over the weekend so we can watch the new episodes next week, probably on DVR since I'm not usually home that early. It'll be fun to be watching it along with everyone else, as long as I remember not to log into Twitter until I've watched the episode each night.


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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