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Meals for two usually seem to have barely enough food for one

Today's Bridge: It was a big day for me, for once, and I think Ken wasn't happy about it. My first hand was S K-Q-10-x H A-K-Q-x-x-x C K-x-x, so I opened 1H, Dan C. doubled, Paul redoubled, and I let it go because it didn't look like we had a slam. Dan C. jumped to 3D, and Paul bid 3H, so I raised to game. Dan bid 4S over that, and Ken corrected to 5D. I doubled on principle despite my lack of trump, and Dan's trump supply held up pretty well for only off three. I made a game that I don't remember being particularly remarkable (something like S A-K-Q-x-x H A-x-x D K-x C K-x-x facing S J-10-x-x H x D A-x-x-x-x C Q-J-x - I threw the king under the ace of clubs, won the club continuation, pulled trump in two rounds, and claimed), they stopped short in 3S and just made it (I had a heart void, but not enough trump to take advantage of it, and Ken had A-Q behind Paul's 2H opener), and I think that was when I opened 1NT with S K-x H K-J-x-x D A-K-x C K-x-x-x or so - not a great hand with all those kings, but it's 17 points. Dan doubled that, and Ken bid 2H, which got passed out. I certainly didn't have anything else to say. Ken sluffed a club on my opening ace of diamonds lead, so I switched to a low trump, and he didn't even notice when my king covered his queen on the last round after he'd used his club honors and his ace of spades. I threw a low club to Paul's jack, and he led the nine back to my king, whereupon I cashed my two remaining kings to set the contract. I made a 2H, and then the really neat hands happened. I had S 10-x-x-x-x H x-x D A-x C K-9-6-x, Dan opened 2D, and Paul doubled, a nice change from Dan doubling all of my opening bids. Ken raised to 3D, but with my length and the power I had, I decided to bid 3S. I think that got passed around to Ken, who bid 4D, and I let Paul decide to raise to 4S. Ken doubled that, and I declined to redouble - probably for the best, since with Paul's S A-K-Q-J H J-x-x D x C J-8-7-x-x, the opponents can cash two hearts and a club and possibly get a ruff in either suit. Dan led the queen of clubs, which ran around to my king, and rather than take a risk of a ruff, I pulled trump in three rounds, while Dan threw the ten of clubs on the second round and a diamond on the third. That made things easy. I ran a low club to draw the ace, and now Ken led a diamond, too late to force the trump on the board. I took the ace, led my six of clubs to the seven, threw my nine under the jack, and sluffed a heart to make an overtrick and the rubber. For the final hand, I had S A-x H A-J-x-x-x D A-x C A-J-x-x, which was enough to open 1H. Dan doubled as per usual, and Ken passed it. I considered bidding 2C to let Paul choose a suit, but I opted to pass instead. Paul's S Q-J-10-x H 8-x-x D x-x C x-x-x-x didn't offer me much hope, but I took the opening diamond lead, cashed the ace of spades, and led a low spade to Dan's king. I believe he cashed a diamond and led another, letting me ruff on the board and throw away a useless club. I led the queen of spades into Ken's ten of hearts and covered with the jack, then cashed the ace of hearts, leaving Ken with the queen. I pulled it, and he led a club through my jack to Dan's queen. Whatever the return, I had my last heart and the ace of clubs to go with three more hearts, the ace of spades, and the ace of diamonds, and my last club gave me a doubled overtrick.

Today's Work: It probably took longer to figure out how to copy my old red-black tree implementation from one computer to another than it did to clean it up and make it carry non-typed data instead of the data I'd used in the old implementation. I got that done, and now I have to write a library that uses it to do something productive. I didn't have to do it that way, but it should be more useful. If we ever have another application for red-black trees, anyway.

I actually did sit down yesterday evening to do Psychonauts commentary, but I'd edited the episode incorrectly and had to redo that, so I didn't have time for commentary. It's not as bad as I thought, since I actually had another episode I hadn't uploaded from last week, which gives me another week of buffer. I should be able to do more commentary by the time I run out. Not likely tonight, though. I'm monitoring myself for signs of sweat before I get into bed, because I had another night of little sleep last night and the pillow was completely soaked. So far, I'm dry. Keeping hydrated and hoping for the best.
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