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Today's Bridge: It was a pretty disappointing day, mostly. I started with the rather nice S x-x H A-K-10-x-x D 2 C A-K-x-x-x, so I opened 1H, Jerry responded 1S, and Dan C. jumped straight to 4D. I wanted to double, but I assumed he'd be ruffing at least one of my heart honors if not both, and if he had good spade honors over Jerry's, he might make it. It's a shame - he ruffed the second heart, leaving Jerry with the jack, pulled three rounds of trump (I threw a heart and a club), and led a club toward Paul's Q-J-x. I saw no reason to hold up, and led a low heart to force him to ruff. He led a second club, and I took that and led my remaining heart to force another ruff - if he has a third club, he can cross to dummy with it now and lead one spade through, but me leading a spade isn't any better. In the end, he had to give up two spade tricks as well. Then they made two quick games, and I opened 2S with a pretty ratty suit. Paul overcalled 3D, and Jerry bid 3H, forcing me to bid 3S. He raised to 4S with a singleton king of trump, and I had no chance. I misguessed the heart lie and went down three. They made 5S exactly, and I finally had a decent hand with S A-x H A-Q-J-9-x-x D x-x C x-x-x. Jerry opened 1C, I bid 1H, he bid 1S, and I jumped to 3H to show a solid suit. He raised to game with S Q-J-x-x H x-x-x D A-K-x C Q-J-x. It relies a bit on the trump length, but it's a good gamble at favorable vulnerability. The opponents started with three clubs, the queen winning the third round. I lost the heart finesse, and Paul led a spade to the queen, king, and ace. It was just a matter of pulling trump and claiming the jack of spades and two diamonds.

Today's Work: I finally got assigned to create and upload a new graphic to our device. It only took three computers to do that. Well, two computers to create and upload it, and one to erase the CD-RW so I could write a new graphic to it when I messed up the first one. I hate not being able to use USB drives, especially when that's how we get the software. It all works for now, at least. Now I need to see whether I can detect the presence of that graphic so I'll know whether to try to use it or stick with the existing one. I believe I should be able to do that.

I still sweat a bit both just before and just after taking my medication... it's just a tiny bit, and I still don't know whether it's the heat or the medicine, but it's something I need to keep track of. It's been a week - within the next week, I should start seeing the intended effects, if they're going to come along at all. I haven't noticed any difference so far.

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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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