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Today's Bridge: It was a day for gutsy moves, most of which paid off. I started with S x H Q-10-x D A-10-x-x-x-x C J-x-x or so, so I opened 2D. Paul responded 2S, and my textbook bid is 3D, but given that I was 3-3 in the unbid suits and he'd bid my singleton, I bid 2NT. He raised me to 3 with S A-Q-J-x H K-J-x D J C K-Q-x-x-x or so. I don't remember the exact play, but I established two long clubs, crossed to the jack of hearts, cashed the clubs and threw diamonds, then ran a heart back to my hand, which held. At that point, I had little to do but run the spade finesse, and when that worked, I had seven tricks in the bank and two aces to cash. A surprising result, in my opinion. I think Kevin and Ken went for a game and missed, despite Ken throwing his king of spades under my ace - I could count to thirteen and knew he had one left, while Paul could ruff. Paul opened 2C next, but with all of a jack to support him, we landed in 3S and barely made it. Ken started the next auction in 2D and they ended in 3NT in a very similar auction to ours, but Paul was able to set up his clubs before they could establish diamonds, and we set them a few. I opened 3C with S x-x H x D K-Q-x-x C A-10-9-x-x-x, Kevin doubled, and Paul redoubled. He had S A-J-10-x-x H Q-J-x-x-x D A-x C K for his redouble - not bad, but not enough to overcome a 5-1 trump split. Ken and I ended up alternating trump tricks at the end for off one. Finally, I tried to get competetive with S K H K-6 D K-Q-x-x-x C A-J-x-x-x. I opened 1D, Kevin overcalled 1H, Paul bid 1S, Ken doubled, 2C, 3H, P, P (they'd earned 60 somewhere along the way), 4C, P, 4D, P, P, and Kevin bid 4H. I doubled that, mostly as a misdirect, because the contract seemed pretty likely to make. Paul led a club, and dummy flopped S A-Q-10-x-x H 7-x D J-x-x C x-x-x or so. I took the ace and led back a club to Kevin's king, and he thought long and hard before leading a low spade and finessing the queen. I took the king and led a third club for Paul to ruff with the 8. He led a spade, which I ruffed low (if Kevin's also out at this point, then he can just cover the king with the ace anyway, while the low ruff might keep him guessing), and when Kevin followed suit, I led yet another club to Kevin's ten of hearts and Paul's jack. Off three doubled was a pretty good result when Kevin banking on the heart finesse and a 2-2 split, and thus cashing the ace on the first spade trick, would have made the contract if not scored an overtrick. (I don't think he had an entry to the board to cash the queen of spades, but we certainly wouldn't have gotten any spades or any ruffs.)

Today's Work: Pretty tedious transformation of data in one format into another, when I don't really know what the data represent. It's a familiar process, but that doesn't make it any more interesting.

I'm still suffering from the side effects of the medication, well over a week after I stopped taking it. I barely sleep, I spend way too long in the bathroom throughout the day, and I sweat more than I think I should (although not as much as I did while still taking the medicine). This doesn't seem right.

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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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