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Today's Bridge: Missed slams on both sides. Dan H. opened 1S and Dan C. overcalled with 4D. Ken still bid 4H, and with S K-10-9-x H 7 D Q-J-x-x C Q-x-x-x, I considered bidding 5D as a sacrifice. Might not have been a bad idea, but because I didn't, it was passed out. The grand slam was laydown. Dan H. had S A-Q-J-x-x-x H A-K-x-x C 8-x-x, and Ken had something like S x H Q-J-10-x-x-x-x D x C A-K-Q-x-x. I recommended that Dan H. bid 5D when I failed to do so, showing slam interest and a void in diamonds. He doesn't have enough power to open without the ace of spades, which I think gives Ken enough information to bid the grand slam if he realizes what's going on. Then, when we had a partscore, Dan C. opened 1NT when I had the fairly amazing S Q-x-x H K D K-Q-J-x-x-x-x C K-x or so - a very rare hand where I could jump in a suit. Over my 3D, Dan bid 3NT, which told me nothing useful, and he raised my 4D response to 5D, a clear invitation to slam, but I knew nothing about our aces at this point. While I should have pushed for it, I let it go at that. He had S K-x-x-x H A-Q-x-x D A-x C A-x-x, so it was a simple matter of pulling trump and throwing two spades on hearts. I also had a 4H that shouldn't have been as tense as it felt - I had four winners on the side and five heart tricks in hand, so I only needed one ruff in dummy, and I got that.

Today's Work: More progress toward completing the sprint on time - mainly keeping an eye on reviews at this point, but we're having connectivity issues on our network, so it's hard to push updates to the server or pull them back down. I'm hoping for the best. Not only is the week a day shorter than usual, but now tomorrow will be an hour shorter as well. Administrative leave adjacent to holidays is really nice, but then we have to get everything done sooner. I still think we can do it, though.

It was a rough day depression-wise, though, because despite my fart-in-the-wind straight Democrat vote, I'm still demographically about the most evil person in the country, and hold it entirely against myself that America has proven racism, sexism, Islamophobia, transphobia, homophobia, and every other kind of bigotry is no obstacle to the office of President. I know it's not entirely my fault, and I did a reasonable amount to prevent it, but I'll never believe that I did enough. That's how depression works. Everyone's talking about taking care of myself and trying to have fun, but I don't want to do those things. There's a lot of suffering going on out there, and it pisses me off like you wouldn't believe that it's not going to affect me. It's not right that so many people are hurting and I'm not.


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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