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Today's Bridge: I had a tragic misguess on the first hand, but we still won the first rubber and just got really unlucky in the second. My first hand was S Q-J-9-7-x-x-x H J-x D A-K C x-x, and Dan C. bid clubs and hearts. Clubs might have worked, but I went for 4S. He had H A-K-x-x-x D x-x C A-K-J-x-x-x, so it was really just a matter of not losing more than three spades. The queen drew the king on the first round (after I'd cashed my winners and been overruffed on the way back to my hand, of course), so I was back in hand with J-9-5 missing the A-10-8. My only hope was that one of the top two was a singleton, and had I thought about it, I would have picked the ten, because if the ace was singleton, I'd need it to be to my left to pick up the ten. I can weather the ten being singleton no matter where it is by leading the jack. It was indeed the ten. I had another chance after that, left in a balance of 2H with S x H J-10-8-x D K-x-x-x C A-K-x-x opposite the better-than-I-had-any-right-to-hope-for S 10-x-x-x-x H A-K-3 D 4 C Q-x-x-x. Ken led the jack of clubs, so I took it in hand and led a spade, unwilling to give up the possibility of setting up the king of diamonds. Ken took that and led another spade, which I ruffed. I still didn't want to lead diamonds from my hand, so I crossed to the queen of clubs (if Ken ruffed, he'd only be ruffing a loser, but he had two) and led the diamond to my king and Ken's ace. He persisted with spades, and Dan H. ruffed low, allowing me to overruff. I ruffed a diamond with the three, then crossruffed back and forth two more times, coming out of it with nine tricks. Dan H. even had the queen of trump, so he could have ruffed in and led a heart even when Ken failed to do so at all of his opportunities. Dan made a 3D to finish the game, and we managed another partscore, but the opponents desperately shot for a 6C that couldn't be beaten on the lie of the cards. They had eight spades, including the top three, which would have let Dan throw away all of his losers in either red suit, had I led one to set up my partner's king in that suit. But from S J-x-x H Q-J-10-x D Q-x C J-10-x-x, I didn't fancy leading a diamond (the only chance we had for declarer to possibly mess up), and I ended up picking a spade, which made it impossible for him to go wrong.

Today's Work: I took on the problem that seemed like it would be the most difficult, and my first inclination pointed me right to the solution. (I was investigating some menu options that weren't being drawn - when I changed the text color from white to black, they showed up. It turned out that the background was being drawn in white instead of the proper colors, and it didn't take me long to figure out why and fix it.) We've got other problems to deal with, but that's a matter for tomorrow.

I left an hour early so I could stop at the blood lab on the way home, and that left me enough time to fit in a commentary before bed. I forgot to stop for gas on the way home, so I'll have to do that tomorrow morning. Hopefully I can leave early enough to do that.

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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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