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Some things are always a pain to arrange

Today's Bridge: Dan H. and I took on Brent and Dan C., and I think we got the benefit of most of the power. Unfortunately, it tended to be a bit lopsided - my final hand was S A-K H K-Q-x D A-K-Q-x-x C 9-x-x, but I was fourth seat and Brent opened 3C. I still went for 3D, but over Dan H.'s 3S, I had to bid 4D - there was no good place to go. His hand was S Q-10-9-8-x-x H x-x-x D x-x C A-x, which makes notrump a nightmare with a club lead, although the diamonds split 3-3. Even a 4-2 split is manageable, and Brent started with the jack of hearts to Dan's ace, so I won the heart return, cashed the top two spades to unblock, and cashed three diamonds. If they'd split 4-2, I can now pull the last diamond, and that's the last trick I lose. I have the top card in every suit and the ace of clubs as an entry to the runnable spades. I even took a big chance after we'd made our first game, when Dan C. opened 2NT and I had S K-Q-J-9-8 H Q-x D x-x-x C A-x-x. I overcalled 3S, but Brent bid 3NT, and after Gerber showed no aces, Dan closed in 4NT. Even three was doomed thanks to my spades - he dropped the ten under the king and took the ace, but he wasn't able to find nine tricks in the red suits. I only had to sluff the two worthless clubs on his long diamonds before he turned in desperation to the clubs. Brent hit some misfortune in a 3H when we found a crossruff, but he had an opportunity to pull my trump and missed it.

Today's Work: Back to the usual efforts, but a bit further ahead than I was previously. I've got some material to work with on some of our major problems, so I can find the sources of those problems. I'm also working with the whole team to finalize the format for our ticketing system, although only one member has responded so far.

My glucose is still doing well despite my recent spate of irresponsible eating. I hope that continues.


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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