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Today's Bridge: Ken started by searching for a slam on a pretty thin hand for it, and stopped short - good thing, since Raymond and I had six trump including the K-Q-10 between us. Our honors crashed, though, and we only ended up taking the one trick. They went for 2NT after that, though, and we set them two - Dan opened 1C and Ken responded with all of a king in support, and things went upward from there. Raymond and I stopped in 2S next, and while I managed an overtrick, there was no game to be had. The opponents went for 3D when I takeout doubled a pre-empt, and even though I took Raymond's spade lead for a doubleton and tried to give him a ruff, we took enough in the end to set them by one. Raymond played a 1S that I think could have made, but he gave up some early heart ruffs and got endplayed. They finally stopped in 2S and made game, and then ran a 1S-2S auction that looked like it was going to win them the rubber. With S K-5-2 H J-9-x-x-x D K C A-7-x-x, I jumped in with 3H, having passed the opening bid. To my surprise, that was the final contract, and Ken led the nine of clubs into Raymond's S 9-x H A-Q-10 D x-x C K-Q-J-10-8-x. It was an obvious singleton, so I let it run to my ace. My best play is to cash the ace of hearts, then lead the queen, hoping that when Dan takes the king, Ken is out of trump to ruff the club return. But, worried about a possible 4-1 split more than a ruff, I finessed the queen on the first round, losing to the king. Dan missed the significance of the lead and led the four of spades, forcing Ken up with the ten. Ken returned a spade to Dan's jack and my king, so I took no chances and ruffed the remaining spade with the ace, then led the ten of hearts back to my jack. When both opponents followed, I cashed the nine to bring down the last one, then tossed the king of diamonds on the clubs.

Today's Work: The meeting didn't happen, but we managed to put our heads together to get enough work done that we can have the meeting tomorrow. So it'll be another day back on-site, but that's probably a good thing. We've got a new member on the team who seems interested in Bridge, so I'm hoping to give him a lesson while I'm still there. It's been hectic, but we're in a pretty good spot now, I think.

I managed to bake my fish tonight without removing the paper it was sitting on. Whoops. Still good, though. And my blood sugar was back down in the normal range this morning, so I think Friday was just me coming down with something, or not having slept nearly enough. I guess I'll know more as time goes on.

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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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