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Today's Bridge: Ken was busy, Dan C. and Jerry were out, Dan H. was in hiding, and Brent went home early, so I rounded up our trainees, and Raymond was my partner. The first rubber concluded with three quick games - mine was a 4H that depended heavily on a crossruff that I managed to set up. We ended with a misfit that I played in 3D, S 10 H A-J-x D A-K-x-x-x C K-x-x-x facing S K-J-9-x H 10-9-8-x-x D 9-x-x C Q. I should have ducked the opening heart lead, but I covered Anna's queen and led a low club up. Nathan took the ace, cashed the king of hearts, and led a third heart for Anna to ruff. (So the hold play wouldn't have made a difference, but I still think it would have been the better play.) She cashed the ace of spades and led the queen, and the contract depended entirely on finding the remaining trump 2-2. They were not. It's tough to say how 2NT would have fared, but with those singletons, I think we needed a trump suit. Hearts may have been better, but there would be no reentry to my hand for the diamonds, so Raymond would need to find the safety play. Losing at least one trick in each suit means that we'd need to pick up the hearts for only one loser, and the spade situation won't hold up to a sustained attack through Raymond's hand.

Today's Work: I managed to do something I've been wanting done for a very long time. It may need more testing, but as far as I can tell, everything that should be there is there and works properly.

Getting to work early worked out somehow, thanks to frozen Atkins meals. Bots don't at me. I'm also watching UHF again, since it's been a long time. It's still as funny as ever, but the scenes where George is stalking Teri are really disturbing now.

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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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