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Today's Bridge: Mostly success, I think. I balanced twice early on, ending up declaring 2H off one and defending 4D off one. I screwed up the defense in 3S - declarer led a low spade from dummy's K-10-x-x into my Q-J-x, and I played low without thinking enough. The correct play is to go up with an honor, establishing the other honor. But Dan C. jumped to 4S and made it early on, and I got a chance for a comeback in the final hand - S A-K-J-x H Q-5-x-x D A-K-x-x C A. The distribution's not quite right, but if I have to bid 2NT with a singleton, that's the singleton I want. Everyone passed, understandably, since Dan had S x-x-x H J-x D 9-x-x-x C 10-9-x-x. The opening lead was predictably a club, drawing Bruce's jack, which left me with a stopper in clubs, at least. I led a low diamond to Ken's ten, but Bruce covered with the jack and cashed the queen of clubs, then the A-K of hearts. He led the ten of hearts next, so I covered and ran the diamonds, which broke 3-2. Bruce sluffed his last heart on one of the diamonds, so the five was good, and the queen even fell on the spades, giving me the jack for an overtrick.

Today's Work: Continued adventures in setting up our environment and also a lot of work in installing our software on a computer that, as far as we've been told, it's never worked properly on. At least it's not boring, although I did compare portions of the installation process to watching paint dry, without the aesthetic merit.

My sinuses are not improving, so I brought my work laptop home again just in case I don't feel up to going in tomorrow. I was a little tired after dinner, but not so bad that I couldn't get things done. One more day and I can collapse for the weekend if I need to.


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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