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Today's Bridge: We only had four, but that was enough. I managed to make an early 3NT despite trying my hardest not to - I had S x-x H J-x-x D x-x-x C A-Q-J-x-x, so when Paul opened 1D, I responded 1NT, and he jumped right to 3NT. His S A-K-x H A-K-Q-x D J-10-x-x C 10-x makes that reasonable enough, but I think we lucked out. Ken's opening diamond lead (which I ducked) ran to Jerry's king, and he led back a spade. I took that and figured the best shot was to try to set up the clubs. The ten ran, so I crossed to the jack and cashed the ace, hoping to bring down the king. Jerry still had it. At this point, I had four tricks in the bank and five to cash - four hearts and the ace of spades. Somehow, I missed the jack of hearts and believed I needed to establish the long club, so I led the queen and threw off the queen of hearts to preserve the diamond stop, just in case Jerry found a diamond he'd forgotten about last time. Instead, he led back a spade, so I crossed to the jack of hearts, cashed the club, and took the remaining three tricks I had. I think I was on point with defense for the rest of the day, but Paul goofed at the end of a 4H we were defending. Dummy had nothing but spades, and Jerry had just ruffed a diamond. When he led his last trump, Paul unguarded his second-high club to keep the queen of diamonds, giving Jerry the last two tricks with his clubs. We managed to set their 5C attempt at the end, though, so at least I believe we came out on top.

I'm still not sleeping, but I think I'm coming down with either a bad cold or a not-so-bad flu. Either way, staying up late last night didn't help at all, so I was hoping to turn in a bit early tonight. Sadly, my guest needed medical attention and the only place they can go in the entire city is the overcrowded hospital nearby, so I'll probably be up most of the night waiting for them to be ready to come home. Or I'll be getting to bed at the time. Whichever is least convenient. I know how this works. I've been alive a long time and slept for nearly none of it.


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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