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Today's Bridge: Jerry and I were playing Precision today, and we overreached a bit once, ending up in a spade game that didn't look like it would make, but we couldn't stop the opponents from making a game eventually. We may have had a chance at setting a 1S, but I didn't see it. Finally, we hit a good 3C contract, and then I had S Q-x H K-J-8-x-x D 5-3-2 C A-Q-x. I opened 1H, Jerry jumped to 2S, and I bid 2NT to show my shape. He passed that, since it was enough for game and he only had S A-10-x-x H A-7 D A-10-9-7 C J-x-x - he thought he needed to jump to show strength. In any case, his seven of hearts took the opening lead, making the heart position pretty clear. I cashed the ace anyway, while Dan H. showed out and Ken played the nine, then tried to gather the trick. No, the ace still wins. I followed by attempting to lead a club from my hand, then caught myself and just ran the jack to Ken's king. Another heart lead would have made my life really simple, so he switched to a diamond, which I ducked to Dan H.'s queen, and he led a club back. Still in need of an eighth trick, I led a diamond and ducked Ken's king - a mistake, since covering guarantees a second diamond trick, and I still have the ace of spades as an entry, but I figured he had to be trying to hide or establish the jack. (If he'd started with K-x, I'd have blown the contract, but that would mean that he led away from a doubleton king.) He led a third club, so I had to cash the king of hearts before leading my last diamond. Sure enough, Ken produced the jack, so I got the extra diamond I needed.

Today's Work: It's a new start, and while we still have a lot of work from the previous sprint to finish this time around, we've got very little else. I've only got one new effort, and it's likely to last until release. It's probably going to be incredibly complicated.

I made my other two-part mix tonight, Tuscan chicken with stir-fry vegetables. It's actually pretty convenient and doesn't take long to make. I still think it's annoying that the Legend of Korra Blu-Ray also doesn't save my place when I stop it, but at least an episode is almost long enough to cover most of the things I do in the kitchen, and I'm getting through about three episodes a day. I'll be done with the season soon and can move on to something a bit easier to watch at my own pace.


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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