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Today's Bridge: I'm not sure whether we underbid or just overplayed the first few contracts, but Jerry made 3H with an overtrick and then 4C with another, and I think I got to finish with 4S. I thought there would be a few overtricks in it, but I barely made the 4. The opponents had an easy 3NT that I believe was good for 6 - there were seven clubs, three hearts, and a diamond, and they had the K-Q of spades available to knock out my ace - only a diamond lead sets the slam by establishing my king, and I don't think Jerry would lead a diamond when I'd bid spades. (He led a heart.) I really stretched in our final hand with favorable vulnerability - I had S A-x-x H K-x D A-x-x-x-x C 10-x-x, so when Ken opened 1H, I overcalled 2D. Dan bid 2S, Jerry bid 3D, and Ken went back to 3H, so I stretched again to bid 4D. That got passed out, although Jerry considered raising to game with his S x H J-x-x D K-10-x-x-x C K-J-x-x. It's a risky move - we lose a heart off the top, so we have to cut our club losses, which depends entirely on where the clubs are. Also, we lose a diamond for sure if they split 3-0 - even if I lead through the hand with the trump, planning to finesse, that player just plays an honor and guarantees getting the other. In the event, the lead was a trump, so I pulled a second round, led a heart to the queen and king, and ran the ten of clubs to Ken's ace. He led back the ten of hearts, giving me the jack, and I ruffed the last heart and took the marked club finesse for the rest.

Today's Work: I managed to get the training I needed to run, so I spent most of the day very slowly doing that, and took on a few more assignments, particularly dividing up some work so we can actually start doing it instead of merely documenting what needs to be done. I didn't manage to get there early, despite my best effort, but I had time afterward to go to the blood lab before they closed and get my test done. Things are working out, even if they take forever to do 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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