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Today's Bridge: The most I remember are a pair of tenuous-seeming 3NT contracts - I knew mine was probably a bad idea, but with S 7-6-3 H 10-x D A-K-x-x C K-Q-10-x and Ken bidding spades and hearts, it seemed like a good shot. He had S K-Q-J-x-x H Q-x-x-x D 7 C A-J-x, so the hearts were weak, but after cashing the ace of hearts, Dan C. switched to a diamond, and when I forced out the ace of spades, Dan H. led back another diamond, so I cashed the spades and clubs, and Dan C. threw away the king of hearts that I knew he had to let me take the queen. For Ken's part, I had S A-Q-J-10-x H 3-2 D 5-3 C A-K-x-x. He opened 1H, and I had a great jump to 2S. He bid 2NT to signal a balanced hand, and I bid 3C to show my shape. He returned to his hearts, so I bid the obvious 3NT, and his ace of diamonds was all the stopper he needed. He had the queen of clubs and K-x of spades for nine tricks on top, plus probably the ace of hearts. The rest of the day was fairly matched, although Dan C.'s random 1NT bid provoked a 3C from Dan H. that missed by a few, when Ken and I had a misfit and were likely to bid out of our depth fairly quickly without the opponents saving us from disaster. I really, really want to start using Precision.

Today's Work: I think the most significant part was a conversation with a coworker about his son, who I think is depressed from what I've heard, and the depression essays I wrote years ago that might help him understand the world from that perspective a bit better. It's an armchair diagnosis, but having lived with depression, I'm pretty good at recognizing it. We're also working on a few long-term problems, so I bounced between the people working on those to offer what help I could. Helping people is what I'm good at, all around. At least, I hope so.


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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