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Today's Bridge: By the time they two-putted a game (while we sat vulnerable with an 80 partscore for most of the rubber), we'd set them two in 3H, another two in 4H, and two in 6NT. The 4H was the most interesting to me - the bidding made it sound pretty boring, just 1H-2H-3H-4H, and all I had was S A-x-x H Q-x D Q-J-9-7-x C x-x-x. But I figured I'd start with my fourth diamond, to Kevin's S K-J-x H J-x-x D 10-x-x-x C K-x-x or so. Dan H. ruffed the diamond and led a low heart. I obviously should have taken the queen, but it didn't seem like we were going to set the contract that way, so I ducked to Kevin's jack and Jerry's king. Jerry led a second diamond, which Dan had to ruff, and he led another low heart. This time, it was mine, and I proceeded with yet another diamond. Dan sluffed a spade instead of ruffing, so I decided to cash the ace before he could rid himself of any more. Another diamond drew a club sluff, and Dan claimed the rest - we couldn't see any way that the ten of hearts Jerry still had could take a trick. I congratulated Jerry on finding the forcing defense, because I don't think I compliment people enough on good plays. The 6NT auction was a bit more interesting - Dan opened 2C, Kevin responded 3C, and Dan bid 3D. With K-Q-x in the suit, I decided to double, since they were unlikely to stop there and if Jerry had the opening lead, a diamond looked really good. The bidding proceeded with no further input from our side: 3H-3S-6NT. Jerry elected to lead a club, and Dan was void in the suit. I went up with my jack on principle, and Kevin let me have it, so I led the king of diamonds to pull the ace (which Dan naturally had), and ended up getting that as well as the ten of spades on the last two tricks when the clubs didn't split Kevin's way. It was a contract with a small chance of success, though, and Dan's opening on S A-K-9-x H A-K-J D A-10-x-x-x-x was a little light without a trump suit for distributional values. I think Jerry got to play both of our hands, a simple-looking 4H with an overtrick and an aggressive 4D that he made with very skillful play. I liked his play in the former hand of ducking the opening queen of spades lead with the ace in his hand and J-9-x-x in mine - the followup lead of the king established three tricks in the suit. That's on Dan for falling for the Bath Coup.

Today's Work: I showed my recent work to the lead for that work, and he liked what he saw. Then I got the latest news on the next project I need to transition to, which wasn't much.

I'm still not sleeping well, which is weird. I'm talking worse than what used to be normal. I still dream a bit, but I spent disturbingly long periods awake and never feel rested when the alarm goes off. I'm considering trying a can of Mtn Dew Baja Blast tomorrow evening just to see whether the caffeine gets me to sleep, although I skipped the usual iced tea tonight to see if having none at all might help. Granted, I made Thai chicken curry stir-fry for dinner, but it's been so long since I've done something like that that I just had to. I had a kiwi for dessert, and I'd forgotten how good kiwis are. I don't think I liked them nearly as much when I was a kid, but then, I absolutely hated tomatoes. Maybe the difference is that these are fresh - I cut it open and scooped it right out and ate it, whereas the ones I ate while in Saudi were already skinned and wrapped in foil, I think.

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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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