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Today's Bridge: Dan C. was out and Ken was busy, so Raymond filled in. Jerry and I took on him and Dan H., and it was hardly glorious, but we came out on top. I used the Stayman convention to transfer to clubs over Jerry's 1NT opener with S J-x H K-x-x D x-x-x C A-J-10-9-8 or thereabouts, but he corrected back to 3NT and I had to leave him there. He managed to make it. I also had to pass a 2NT opener with all of a jack to my name, and he barely made that. Interestingly, I think he had a singleton ace of clubs, which is not notrump distribution. The only hand I got to play was S K-x-x-x-x H x-x D K C A-K-9-x-x - I opened 1S, Jerry responded 2H, and I jumped to 4C to show the second five-card suit. Unfortunately, all he had was H A-10-x-x-x-x-x D Q-x-x-x C x-x, far short of the 11 points he'd promised. The opening diamond lead ran to my king, so I ruffed a club, ruffed a diamond (Dan H. threw a spade), and ruffed another spade. Having established that, I crossed to the ace of hearts and ruffed my last diamond, on which Dan H. threw the queen of spades. Surprised, I led a low spade, but the jack won, and even had the king set up, it would have been ruffed. Off one was pretty darn good on those cards, though. The opponents ended with a 4H off two, largely to get over a 3S that we probably would have made, even with fairly weak hands - we had six spade tricks easily, and three on the side with two top diamonds and my K-x of hearts on the almost certain heart lead. As for 4H, we took our ace of spades and the two diamonds, and with Q-10-x-x-x-x in hand and A-x in dummy, Dan couldn't avoid losing a heart - leading from dummy gives me the king, running anything from his hand but the queen gives Jerry the jack, and running the queen lets me choose whether to cover and set up the jack or duck and also set up the jack once Dan takes the ace. As it was, I ducked, just in case Jerry had three to the ten, to prevent the finesse. Granted, he can just cash the ace, cross back to his hand, and cash the jack, but it worked out.

Today's Work: We got the new sprint kicked off, and I put in some requests for updating our ticket workflow. I'll have to see how that works out starting tomorrow. That was about it. We're still trying to wrap up the loose ends from the last sprint, which is tough to do when the current sprint is the priority.

I got a slightly late start, but I still managed to inflate the low tire, and the pressure light never came back on, so I'm satisfied with that. Then I came home and cooked a duck breast for dinner. It says it's easy, but it's got more steps than most things I cook, and needed to be cooked on the stove and then put in the oven. It tasted pretty good, though.


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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