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Today's Bridge: It was a pretty good day overall, but I really messed up a hand. I started with 17 and 3-4-3-3 distribution, so I opened 1C, Ken overcalled 1S, and Dan H. bid 1NT. With Q-x-x in spades, I felt notrump with Dan as declarer might not be a good idea, so I went for Stayman and he bid 2H. I should have invited with 3H, but I jumped to game, and he couldn't make it. But Ken and Kevin went for a number of contracts and missed them all by two, until I picked up S K-Q-J-x-x-x-x H Q-9-8 D 6 C x-x. It was an easy 3S opener in third seat, and Ken apparently thought we were in notrump and tried to cash five diamonds until I reminded him that I'd ruffed the second one. With partner's S A-2 H J-10-x D x-x-x-x C A-J-x-x, it was an easy contract. I just had to pull trump, then lead hearts until I got a trick. That went well until Kevin took the second heart and led a diamond, and for some reason, I threw my last heart. I was really confused. Obviously, the last club didn't set up and I was off. It was only a 140-point mistake, though, because Ken made 3NT with an overtrick on the next hand, leading to Dan opening 1C while I had S K-Q-x-x H Q-x-x-x D K-Q-x-x C 9, a rare opportunity for the Unusual Positive response. I bid 3C, and Dan picked 3D for trump. I raised to 4D to show my strength and invite slam if he was interested, but he stuck with 5D and just made it due to a 4-1 trump split.

Today's Work: I got really into the SDK I'm working with, but I don't think it's ultimately going to be compatible with the rest of the programs we're working with. I may play with it a bit more, but it's got a messy inheritance tree and I don't know exactly how much of the interface I'll need to use in the end. I don't know enough about the structures I'm working with to understand how it would fit together, if it fit together at all.

I had to go to the homeowners' association meeting tonight, and it was interesting seeing it from the front table. One of the owners seems to be there just to be grumpy. He keeps saying he wants to sell his place, but he's a realtor and doesn't seem to be able to list it. i think he's just pretending that he's willing to sell, but he plans to keep it just because everyone else wants him gone. I guess I'll find out in due course.


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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