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Today's Bridge: We ended up running pretty long because just as we were playing what was supposed to be the final hand, the power went out in the entire building. Since we all need our computers to do our jobs, we had little choice but to play on. The first hand was a brilliant Jacoby transfer, from my 1NT opener with S K-Q-x-x H A-Q-x D x-x C A-J-x-x or so (I fudged a bit with the weak diamond doubleton, but I've read enough about weak notrump openers recently to want to open 1NT whenever possible) to Dan C's 2H, and with a strong four-card suit, I jumped to 3S even though my hand was at the weak end of the notrump. He bid 4NT, which I took for Blackwood even though it's supposed to be an invite to a notrump slam because my jump to 3S is trump-setting, and I bid 5C to show three key-cards, forgetting that Dan C. doesn't use RKCB. He was understandably confused and closed in 5S with S A-J-x-x-x H K-x-x-x D K-x C K-x - I don't remember the exact distribution, but a diamond lead to Paul's A-Q sets the slam if we bid it. Somehow, we ended up taking all thirteen tricks on a club lead. I felt bad about the next hand, where Dan C. doubled Dan H.'s opening 2H, and with S A-x-x-x H Q-x D A-Q-x-x C K-J-x or so, I bid an anemic 2S, which was passed out. Dan flopped S K-Q-x-x H K D K-J-x-x C A-Q-x-x or so, and when spades split 3-2, we got everything but the ace of hearts. (I didn't imagine anyone would hold up the ace.) I should have bid an aggressive 3H, but Dan would have thought I had a natural heart suit, and 3S is generally a much better, more solid suit than I had. After failing to bid two slams, one of which was cold, the opponents picked up with a 1H-2S-3H-4S-5H auction - something like that, anyway, and I don't think we had a hope of setting it. Their followup 2S may have been settable, but I ran out of exit cards and elected to give them a ruff and sluff rather than cash my queen of hearts and set up the jack along with a trump in dummy. We made another partscore from there, and the opponents (mainly Paul) started bidding over us at every opportunity, ending up in partscores for -1, -2, and -4, none doubled because it didn't seem opportune. Most of those hands saw me with a lot of trump, K-J-10-9 in one case and A-10-x-x in another, and there were crossruffs a-plenty. In fact, in the K-J-10-9 hand, I started with my singleton club to Dan's ace, ruffed the club return, and exited from my K-Q-x-x of diamonds to the ace in dummy to establish one. Paul immediately led a club for another ruff. Dan C. turned up with the jack of diamonds as yet another entry for a club, which Paul ruffed with the queen and I overruffed. I think that's where it ended. For the last of those hands, I had A-K-9 of trump, so I led the ace, dummy had Q-J only, and Dan had the singleton ten. Three trump tricks is pretty nice for that holding, and I think Paul only got his four long trump in the end. Finally, we finished the rubber with a hand that I don't think was memorable (3H with an overtrick, probably), and the lights came on during our final hand, S 9-2 H A-J-7-x D K-x C A-Q-x-x-x or so. 1C-1S-1NT-3NT was the auction, and the lead was a low spade into S A-10-8-3 H Q-9-x D x-x C K-J-x-x - not a 3NT-worthy hand in my opinion, but my job is to take the tricks. I played the three under the six of spades... and Paul came up with the four. My nine was an unexpected trick, but I only had seven more obvious ones, so I needed to establish a heart. Fortunately, unlike the first hand, which was similar, I was the one with the king of diamonds this time, so I had a stopper against any lead from Dan H.. So I crossed to a club and ran the queen of hearts to his king, and he returned the jack of spades. This time, my count came out to nine, so I took the ace and cashed the clubs, noting that Paul discarded two hearts. That left only two out, so I cashed my A-J and the seven was the last one for trick ten.

After the power came back, I managed to get some work done, including what should turn out to be a useful utility class for automatically packaging the elements in an enumeration into a drop-down combo box. (Don't tell me they can already do that - I don't want to know.) It was tricky because the obvious method, the .values() method of the enumeration, doesn't exist at compile time. I found a workaround that I don't really like, but I was going to support it anyway, so it's now the only way to use it. It's not that big a deal.

Still monitoring side effects of Effexor... they might be starting up, but it's too early to tell just yet. It could just be warm... particularly after the power went out, likely knocking out the air conditioning in the building for a bit. And it was just a thin sheen of sweat. I'll see if it gets worse.


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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