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Today's Bridge: Not a great day - Dan C. takeout doubled a 2D (Precision) opening bid and with about nine points and four hearts to the queen, I bid 3H over the 2S response. Taking the bids as read, I probably misplayed the hand - Jerry had opened a singleton or void in diamonds when he had six of them. I don't know whether I'd have been any closer had I had a better grasp of the layout, but I'm pretty sure I played really badly anyway. We managed to make a game out of 2S and a 3S with four overtricks - I had S A-10-x-x-x-x H A D A-K-Q-J-3 C A, so I opened 2C, got the expected 2D response, and jumped to 3S. Dan passed with S K-9 H x-x-x-x D 8-x-x C J-x-x-x - understandable given our partscore, but I think slam is worth trying on that. After taking the heart lead, I crossed to the king of trump and let the nine ride, and it held, both opponents following. Back to hand with the ace of clubs and I could cash the ace of spades and claim the rest, unless diamonds split 5-0, which they didn't. (Even so, I could always cash the spades and hope the opponent with the diamonds threw one away.)

Today's Work: It was really hot in my part of the building, even with fans running all over the floor. I toughed it out and did what I had to do, which was a whole lot of bookkeeping and going over stuff we did ages ago, and I expect the rest of the week to be more of that.

Then I stayed up way too late watching early election results, even though I hate doing that. Things looked promising at first but then got bleaker. Obviously, it's too early to give up hope. I'll wake up, check the news, and THEN give up hope. But this is a seriously messed up country if even one person could seriously vote for Donald Trump, let alone enough people to elect him President. I'm not looking forward to the next four years, whatever happens.


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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