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A pretty miserable day all around

Today's Bridge: It didn't start too badly, but it became a disaster pretty quickly. Dan C. opened 1C to my left and Ken overcalled 2C, which is natural according to what few conventions we have on the subject. Dan H. bid 2D, and with S J-x-x-x H 10-x-x D A-K-x-x C x-x, I considered 2NT to be a very descriptive bid - short in Ken's suit, control of the other suit bid by the opponents, and not a terrible holding in either of the other two, to match a four-card holding if Ken has one. Dan C. bid 3D, and Ken bid 4C. I considered raising to 5C, but felt I'd said as much as I needed to. The hand didn't go too poorly at first, but Ken ruffed the third spade trick, then turned up with the queen of spades later. Rather than ask how to proceed, he threw his hand on the table and gathered up the cards, effectively conceding the remaining tricks. Since he had three clubs left and the opponents only had the ace, I considered two of the tricks ours, but we were off four doubled, which put us in a bad spot. Next, I had S 8-x H A-9-x D A-x-x C K-10-x-x-x. Ken opened 1S, so I bid 2C. I think Dan C. bid 3D there, and Ken bid 3H, but Dan H. bid 4D, and I didn't want to commit to anything at that level, so I passed. Ken tried to bid 4C, but had to correct to 5C, which Dan H. doubled. I felt that was the best place for us and passed, but Ken pulled us out into 5H, which Dan H. doubled again. Feeling that the clubs were likely to be worth two more tricks than hearts, I bid 6C, again doubled. With Ken's S K-J-9-x-x H Q-J-x-x-x D x C A-Q-x, six was impossible, but five might happen in either clubs or hearts, depending on how many hearts we lose along the way. Two spades are unavoidable, especially with me declaring. The king of hearts was onside, but I don't remember where the ten was because after giving up the ace-queen of spades, I threw a heart on the spade return instead of ruffing with the ten. After that, we got into 2NT when I took Ken's response to be a bit stronger than it was - Dan C. had six diamonds and I had A-Q-J and no other aces. There was nothing I could do to prevent a diamond lead through my tenace and a run of diamonds.

Today's Work: I finally submitted our plan to the agency that will implement it, and they got back to me with their questions - just as I was leaving. I hung around as long as I reasonably could, but with it raining most of the afternoon (and several severe thunderstorm warnings on and off), I didn't want to stay at work too late. I'll probably have a lot to answer tomorrow morning, and then another gap until the afternoon when they pick up the job again. The other efforts the team is working on are not going very well either - we think we have some answers, but things aren't working as smoothly as they should, indicating that something's not quite right still. We'll get there, but it wasn't going to be today.

My nose has been dripping all day, and my throat is following suit. I've been drinking water all day even though I wasn't thirsty most of the time, and I even brought my laptop home just in case I'm feeling worse tomorrow and can't make it in. I may make tea tomorrow morning instead of the usual milk, although I had some an hour ago and it hasn't helped. Then again, the way I'm feeling, I may be too asleep to do anything in the morning. I certainly won't be sleeping any time soon.


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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