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Today's Bridge: We finally had enough people to play, and except for one hand where the opponents had all the power in the black suits and were only the two red aces away from a slam, all of the scores were ours. Most of those, I declared. What else can you do with hands like S Q-x-x-x-x-x H x-x D A-10-x-x-x? The auction went 1C-1S-2C-2D-2NT-3S. My partner, Dan H., had S A-4-2 H K-Q-10 D x-x C A-Q-J-x-x. I ducked the opening queen of diamonds lead, which was followed by the jack to the king and ace. I suspected that any attempt to ruff a diamond would fail miserably, so I ran a low spade through to Dan C. in the East seat. He led the ten of clubs, and while I should have thrown the two hearts on clubs, I threw a low diamond, then ruffed a club to my hand and a diamond back, which Dan let me have. I cashed the ace of spades, threw my other low diamond on the ace of clubs, and the king of spades came out somewhere along the way. I had a tricky-looking 2NT contract with S K-J-x-x H J-x D x-x-x C A-Q-x-x facing S A-Q-9 H A-10-9-x D A-x-x C J-9-x, but Dan won the opening diamond lead and returned a club, so I could safely finesse and establish nine tricks while I had every suit stopped. Granted, I think the only threat to the contract is a 6-1 diamond split, but supposing that Ken wins the first diamond trick and keeps leading them until I'm forced to take the ace, I believe I can still have a shot at it. I cross to my jack of spades and run the jack of hearts. If Ken covers, I go up with the ace and lead the ten, hoping that Dan has the other honor. With four spades and the other three aces on top, I only need a second heart trick to make the contract, and that will establish it. If Ken doesn't cover the jack, I duck and let Dan win, with the intention of finessing against the remaining heart honor in Ken's hand. It gets tricky there because I'm low on transportation, especially if Dan leads a spade, but I believe it's the best chance I have. This is the result of the studying I've done while I was away. Likewise, the hand that followed the first rubber. Dan H. opened 1C and Dan C. overcalled 2C - natural, no matter how hard I try to introduce the Michaels cue-bid. With S Q-J-8-5 H 7-6-3 D Q-J-x-x-x C Q, I felt that merited a takeout double even though I was really weak. If Dan had a second suit, I had good support and distribution, and if not, then he could convert to penalty. Instead, Ken bid 2H, which Dan H. doubled. Dan C. passed, and I felt that was a good penalty double and passed as well. Ken accepted his fate opposite a dummy of S x-x-x D A-10-x-x C K-10-x-x-x-x. Certainly far below the strength I'd expect for an aggressive (forcing, in my mind) overcall in the opponents' suit and definitely not good for a pass of hearts doubled at any level. Dan H. started with the K-A of spades, on which I threw the eight then the five, and a low spade to my jack. Ken followed with the ten, so I ran the queen to Ken's nine of hearts and Dan's ten. He made the questionable but effective switch to the ace of clubs, and upon seeing my queen, he led a low club that I ruffed with the three. That was set, but there was a small chance that Dan and Ken had both started with three clubs, and the only possible entry there could be was in trump, so I led one. Ken finessed and lost again, and I got the second club ruff while Ken had to follow. That left me with nothing but the diamonds, but Dan still had K-x of hearts for a fourth undertrick. I think he would have saved a trick or two if he'd covered my trump lead high and led a trump to pull mine to prevent the ruff, but it's also possible that he'd have lost an extra trump trick by having to lead into a tenace. In that case, he'd have converted two hearts and a club ruff into just two heart losers. But it still was a bad contract.

The good news is that my blood glucose reading was under 180 this morning, putting it within the modified "healthy" range that my meter adapted to after a week of readings in the 200s. I still need to bring it way down, but the effort to do that by eating mostly vegetables and some meats continues. I've really had the hankering for a bit of candy lately, but I'm avoiding it. I also need to learn how to wrap meat and cheese in a tortilla properly - burrito style isn't working for me, and I don't really want to do it wrap-style with one end hanging open, but I probably don't have a choice.

The box of kiwis I bought this weekend has a plastic utensil in it that's both knife and spoon. It works better than I expected it would.


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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