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They're called "ghoulie" hands, I hear.

Today's Bridge: We managed to find a new player interested enough to join us and learn a bit, and he's another Ian. He was on defense the entire time, which hopefully helped him get the idea of the game a bit better than declaring would have, but we also made all of our contracts, most with little effort, and I don't think there were any major mistakes on the defense either. There was a rather interesting misfit hand - I had S A-Q-10-x-x H K-J-9-8-6-x D x-x and Dan C. had S x H 10 D x-x-x-x-x-x C A-K-Q-J-x. Dan H. opened 1S to my left, and Dan C. overcalled 2D based mainly on his distribution. I naturally bid 2H based on mine (and the obvious issue with spades), and he went to 3C. I figured 3D might be my best bid, but because my hearts were so much better than I'd shown and my partner clearly couldn't have many spades, I bid 3H, which was the final contract. The opponents took the first two diamonds, and I ruffed the third with the eight. Hoping that the spades were 5-2, I cashed the ace and ruffed one, and when that stood, I cashed the top three clubs, throwing the rest of my spades. Then I led the jack, ruffed with the seven and overruffed with the nine while Dan H. had to follow suit. The six of hearts drew the queen, and I was able to ruff the return with my low heart and lose only the ace to make the contract exactly.

Today's Work: Our Internet connection was down most of the day, which got in the way of several of the things we needed to do. I did the best I could and put in as much effort as I could toward the last of my tasks, but everyone had left by then and I wouldn't have been able to submit it for review.

I may have eaten bad fish. I guess I'll find out overnight or tomorrow, depending on whether I get sick. At least I abandoned the idea to make teriyaki sesame cod and just cooked it with lemon juice. I'll try that next week with chicken first, just to make sure I cook it properly. And my back has suddenly started to hurt - not the best start for a weekend, but it has to go uphill from here.


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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