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Today's Bridge: I could tell from the start that it was an "on" day. Kevin declared 4H, and Ken and I somehow managed to set it - I declined to open my diamond doubleton with Q-10-9 of trump, hoping to preserve my natural trump trick, and led from my long spades. Ken had the ace of hearts and covered the king on the first round, so I got two more trump, and he had the ace of diamonds for the setting trick. So when I picked up S A-4-3-2 H A-K-x D A-10-x-x C J-x on the next hand, I stretched a 1NT bid. Ken responded 2C, then raised my 2S to 3S, which I passed, since I figured I'd already gone over my limit. He had S Q-9-x-x H x D K-J C Q-10-x-x-x-x. The lead was a club to Kevin's ace and king, then the last club. I didn't feel like using the ace and a smaller trump would just be overruffed, so I threw the low heart and Dan H. ruffed with the eight. He led a heart back, and I cashed the ace and led a low spade to the jack, queen, and king. Kevin chose a diamond, so even if I had needed to find the queen, it was found for me. We followed up with a 2S with two overtricks to finish the game, then made another 4S where Ken set up my diamonds and forgot that Kevin had sluffed the queen earlier, so he finally just cashed them and claimed. The bidding on the next hand went 1C-1S-2C, and with S J-10-9-x H x-x D K-10-x-x-x-x C J, I jumped straight to 4S. Usually a bad idea, but when Dan went for a diamond overruff at trick three instead of cashing the club winner, Ken ruffed high, pulled trump, and ran the diamonds to sluff his clubs. Then Dan opened 3D and Ken doubled. With S K-x-x-x H 9-x-x-x D x-x C J-x-x, I felt compelled to bid 3S, which Ken raised to game. His hand was worth it - S A-Q-J-10 H Q-x D x C A-K-Q-10-x-x. Dan started with two hearts, then Kevin led a club, and the jack held. I could have claimed an overtrick if the trump split, but I decided to claim my four spades and six clubs to make the contract. I think the trump were 4-1 anyway. The final contract was 4S by Dan over an established diamond fit for our side. With S x-x-x H K-x-x D A-x-x-x C K-Q-x, I figured there was enough defense that a sacrifice was a bad idea. Ken started with the king of diamonds to dummy's S x-x-x H A-Q-J-9-x-x D x C A-x-x, so I threw my lowest diamond to indicate a club lead. He switched to a club, pulling the ace, and when the heart finesse lost, I cashed two clubs for the set. A shutout in three rubbers - rather amazing, I think, and we really played for it.

Today's Work: The clone operation is still going, very slowly, so I tried bringing my laptop home to let it run overnight. I couldn't get a connection. I think I need to configure something, which I won't be able to find out about until tomorrow. Oh well. One more day of babysitting it won't hurt much.

It's been raining almost all week, and now there's a thunderstorm. At least it's not a drought.


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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