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Today's Bridge: I was the low draw, but Jerry didn't want to play and Dan H. showed up late, so I still got to play. Kevin and I came out on top, and I think we owed something to the cards and something to a willingness to push things a bit too far. I put us in 5C with almost nothing and we were off two, but I think that was the worst we got. Going into the last hand, we were a bit ahead, but the opponents had 60 below and we were vulnerable. With S 10-9-8-7-x-x H 10-x D 10-x-x-x C A, I opened a very optimistic 2S. I was glad when Ken overcalled 3H, but Kevin raised me to 3S, and after thinking about it for a very long time, Bruce passed. Ken doubled, and that was the final contract. I assumed we'd miss and was hoping to hold it to off one, but Kevin's S K-x-x H Q-8-x-x D A-x C K-x-x-x was just enough to give me some hope. Ken started by cashing the top two hearts, then led a third. Fortunately, Bruce furnished the jack under the queen, and I sluffed a losing diamond. I cashed the ace of clubs to unblock, then led a spade to the king, which held. I considered my options, but ended up leading another spade and hoping for the split. I got it. Ken led a club, so I took the king and conceded a diamond to make the contract. I don't think the opponents had four hearts, either, especially if Kevin finds a club lead. I lead a spade back, and Ken has to rise with the ace or I get a club ruff. Kevin now has the top card of each side suit, Ken has no place to dump losers, and the queen of hearts will eventually set up for a natural trick even if Kevin ruffs a diamond along the way.

Today's Work: The meeting that was supposed to take place tomorrow to announce a major milestone for our organization got advanced to today, so that broke up the day. I went in with five line items to resolve and got four of them done, as well as most of the fifth. I split that into multiple tasks, and only one of those remains to be handled, but that also has a large number of subtasks. I've got all day tomorrow to go over that, assuming I make it to work early enough - my stomach hurt again this morning, and mysteriously stopped again afterward. I was also really stuffed up, although that's gone away too. I suspect I may be coming down with something, although about the only thing I can do is try to sleep as well as I can. I got a call from a sleep center a good distance away that I'll have to return tomorrow. Maybe they can start getting to the bottom of my sleep problems.

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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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