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Today's Bridge: Dan H. and I teamed up, and it was a good day for Precision. We started with a 3NT - I figured I might be giving up a 4-4 spade fit, but my hand was pretty balanced and Dan had opened 1D. I had game-going values and K-x of diamonds, so I just jumped right to 3NT. I had control throughout, so I started playing toward honors in search of overtricks and ended up with quite a few. We defended 3NT in a goulash and just prevailed, then made a game to end the rubber. The opponents started the next rubber with 4H, but we came into the next hand after we'd both passed to find a pretty good fit in 2H, which made with three overtricks due to the opponents holding up their honors in search of a few more tricks. We had to bid up to 4H in the next hand anyway, since the opponents competed to 4D, but we made that. The final hand was a monster - I picked up S A-Q-9-x-x H K-Q-x D J-x-x C A-Q, and Dan H. opened 1D. My spades weren't quite strong enough to jump, and I didn't want to bid notrump with a five-card major, so I just made do with 1S. He bid 2H, and I had to find a forcing bid. Notrump might have worked, but I went with 3S. He raised me to 4S, and I cue-bid 5C, which Ken doubled. Unfortunately, he stopped at 5S, which Dan C. doubled, and I didn't have the guts to redouble with two missing aces. It's a shame - his S K-J H J-10-x-x D A-K-Q-x C x-x-x makes 6S nearly a laydown from either side of the table, and 6NT would also have been a laydown with me declaring. If Dan declared, it could be defeated with a club lead. As it was, I took the club finesse without thinking beyond the fact that I could afford to lose the king, and I did, but there are five spades, four diamonds, a club, and up to three hearts once the ace comes out - except that there are only twelve tricks left once we've lost the ace. (If Dan plays the slam in spades and gets a club lead, he takes the ace, pulls trump, and can sluff the queen of clubs on a diamond without having to touch hearts.)

Today's Work: Tensions are running high, but it looks like one of the problems I found in my work wasn't actually a problem with my changes at all, but a bigger problem in the software. It's kind of a relief, but also kind of a pain, because it means that the problem I thought I could solve is actually not what the problem is. One more day in the sprint...

There was a really strong, but very brief thunderstorm this evening, with hail about the size of sand grains. Weird.

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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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