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Today's Bridge: Ken swapped places so Dan H. and I could practice Precision, and I think we can use it. Dan opened 1C in the first hand when I had S Q-x-x H K-J-x-x-x D K-10-x C x-x, enough for a positive 1H response. He bid 1S, indicating either five of them or 4-1-4-4 distribution, so I supported with 2S. When he bid 3D, I took that as agreement with spades (so an actual five-card suit) and weakness in diamonds. My holding wasn't great, but it certainly should be enough to stop the suit, so I jumped to 4S. He continued with Blackwood and closed in 5S off two - he had a very strong hand with a singleton ace of hearts, but only the four spades, and he used up all of the entries to dummy before setting up the hearts. I think 3NT was the best contract for us. Dan C. made a slam on the next hand - I had two kings offside, but I wasn't willing to let the first diamond trick run to my partner's queen at the risk of declarer throwing off dummy's last club before I could cash the king. It might have established a second diamond trick for us. With that failure behind me, I didn't raise a game invitation when I had the power for it, and ended up making the overtrick. Ken made a 1NT with no trouble (he was worried about spades, but my 7-6-5-4-3 couldn't do anything), and then Ken and Dan H. got into a bidding war. Ken opened 1D and Dan overcalled 1S. With S K-10-x H Q-10-x-x-x D 8-5 C J-x-x, I couldn't bid (and we were in a good spot), so Ken bid 2H. Dan bid 2S, and I was happy to let that go as well. Ken tried 3C, and Dan persisted with 3S. This time, Dan C. finally picked 4D, but I'd heard enough to bid 4S, which Ken doubled. There were no overtricks available, but Dan H. made the contract admirably, knowing where all of the power was as well as the approximate distributions from the bidding. It wasn't enough to match the slam, but it was a good end to the day.

Today's Work: Very frustrating. Because there was so much undone last week, the lead decided to extend the sprint by a day, but it didn't make as much of a difference as I was hoping. Not much else got done, and someone decided to toss two more things into the sprint - which didn't get done. Someone else committed the work I was depending on for one of my tickets - to the wrong branch. My own effort turned out to be considerably more complicated than I'd expected, so I didn't feel comfortable trying to cram it all into today.

I'm finally uploading all of the really old LP videos I did to Youtube - at least, the ones I still have in relatively Youtubable quality. I'm hoping to do one per day.

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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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