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The inconvenience of convenience

Today's Bridge: My side came out on top, but it was close. We started with a 1NT-3C combo, although the 1NT had two overtricks. With no power outside my K-Q-J-x-x in diamonds, our conventions say I need to pass. I made the 3C, but there was probably an overtrick in it that I didn't find. We stopped in 2H on the next hand and just made it, and then the opponents struck back with 3D, a few sets, and a 5H where leading my A-4 of trump probably wasn't the best defense, but they did end with a massive crossruff. Finally, I picked up a 16-count in fourth seat and my partner opened 1C. My S 9-6-x H A-Q-x D A-K-x-x C K-x-x left me little response but 2D, and when he responded 2S, I bid a forcing 2NT just to see whether slam was likely. He bid 3NT, which I took as showing no real interest and passed. He had S K-Q-10-x-x H K-x-x-x D Q-x C A-J-x, which makes for a pretty uncomfortable slam even with a club lead picking up the queen. The jack of spades turned out to be offside, so 5NT was my limit, and I'd likely have been held to 4 with any other lead. A good day all around, I think.

My assignments at work have been picking up a bit, as much as they can without a computer to build and run the software on, and I had my annual performance evaluation today, with the predictable outcome that my work is satisfactory but not sufficient to elevate me to a new level of career...ness. Careeritude. Anyway, the bottom line is that I'm happy doing what I do and earning as much as I earn and don't really see the need to do things I don't enjoy instead, for the chance to eventually shed all of the fun and move into a higher pay bracket so I'll have even more money to squirrel away and never do anything with. Which reminds me that I still need to find the time to close an old bank account because they're going to charge for paper statements and I can't sign up for online banking because I don't remember the amount of my last deposit. It was at least a decade ago.


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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