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Today's Bridge: Nobody used any of the new conventions today, but I don't think we had an opportunity to use any of them anyway. There were a couple of underbid hands on my side, I think - I had a spade void and found a fit in Jerry's clubs, but since we already had a partscore and he'd limited his hand, I didn't push too hard and we played a hand in 3C that looked cold for grand slam. Oh well. I had a much more impressive hand for the final one - S A-K-Q-x-x H A D K-J-x C A-x-x-x. Jerry opened 3H, so I bid a forcing 3S. He bid 4D, which told me everything I needed to know, and I bid 5NT, asking him to choose a slam. He passed on S 6 H K-J-x-x-x-x-x D A-x C Q-x-x, which is a pretty dynamite holding for a pre-empt. When Kevin led a diamond, I was pretty much home free - I cashed the ace of hearts and crossed to the queen of clubs, then decided to lead a low heart just in case they split 3-0, which was a poor play on my part. The queen was indeed singleton, so Dan C. took it and led back a spade, wisely removing an exit card from dummy. I took it, crossed to the ace of diamonds, and still had the ace of clubs and a top spade once I'd run the hearts. If I play the hearts properly, I'm pretty sure it makes the grand slam, at least on the diamond lead. I get seven hearts, three diamonds, and three spades. Jerry also correctly interpreted a double when Dan opened 1S, I overcalled 2D, Kevin responded 2S, and Jerry and Dan passed. I doubled for a reopen - I had S x-x H A-K-x D A-Q-x-x-x C K-x-x, so I was willing to play in any suit he could name at the three level. He did indeed bid 3D, and Dan bid 3S. They made it exactly, and I don't think we had a way to stop them, but I stand by my double.

Today's Work: The A/C was out in my building, so I was happy to spend some time in the tower with a breeze. I finally got to test what I've been working on with real devices and an actual view, and after cleaning up a few calculation errors I had, it worked pretty well. I didn't get to spend a lot of time working due to administrative stuff, but it was a good start.

I called the doctor's office today to try to move my appointment up, but I haven't heard from them yet. Hopefully sometime this week. They may be able to help me get off Celexa without me actually needing to be there in person - such as calling in a new prescription at a lower dosage I can take.


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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