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Today's Bridge: I may be out of my slump, but the cards sure weren't. We spent most of the day on defense, and even establishing my K-10-2 of trump for two tricks with an uppercut wasn't enough to set a 3S, although we put down a couple of 3NTs. I managed to get in with a 4S holding S Q-J-10-x-x H Q-J-x-x-x D 2 C A-10 facing S 7-6-x H A-x-x D 3 C K-Q-x-x-x-x. There wasn't much to do - I had two spade losers and a diamond loser, and even if the king of hearts were onside, which it wasn't, I can't afford to cover it because that ace is my only entry for the clubs. As it was, I took the opening club lead with the ace, led the queen of spades to the king, took the club return in dummy, and threw my diamond on the queen of clubs, which was ruffed with the eight. I ruffed the diamond return and led another spade, pulling the remaining two. Unfortunately, West had the A-K-8 of spades to start and now led a heart through, and I didn't have enough clubs to throw away all of the heart losers, so I had to duck. Curtains. I'm not sure there was a distribution of spades that would let me get away with the contract, although the 9-8 doubleton might have been enough - I'd have to keep the diamond loser and just pull spades, leaving the seven as a board entry. The opponents could pretty easily set up a heart by leading them, but with West on lead, that establishes my Q-J. Pretty sure I still lose four, though. We had another try at 4H, but both opponents had a singleton minor, and the diamond ruff set us.

Today's Work: More of that research. I think I'm about done, but I need to check a few things tomorrow just to make sure, then start using the knowledge to do things.

I stopped after work to pick up Dark Souls 3 and Ratchet & Clank. I didn't spend much time on either, naturally, since I didn't have much time to begin with, but I'm getting along. Maybe I'll have time in May to mess around with them.


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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