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Today's Bridge: It took a lot of searching, but we found enough people to play, and the first hand was a real doozy. I dealt and passed with a wretched S x-x-x H Q-10-x-x-x D 2 C x-x-x-x. Brent opened 1D, Raymond overcalled 1NT, and Ken doubled. Sensing disaster, I bid 2D, attempting to transfer Raymond into hearts. However, he bid 3D, and when I corrected to 3H, he raised me to game, taking me for a much stronger hand. His S A-Q H K-8-x-x D Q-10-x-x C A-J-x was at least a good fit, but it seemed hopeless. I had to think about Brent's ten of spades lead, but I eventually decided to let Ken take his king immediately rather than taking first and then leading the queen. But Ken didn't take the king, which was unexpected. I cashed the ace, then led a low heart to Ken's nine. Again, I had a chance to finesse, but I decided to put up the queen, which held, so I could ruff the last spade. I led the three of diamonds to the five, two, and seven, and Brent attempted to cash the king of diamonds, which I ruffed. I led a club, preparing to duck as long as I could beat Brent's card, but he put up the queen, so I took the ace and ruffed the ten of diamonds. When the ace didn't fall, I led a heart, hoping for the split. I got it, and when Ken led the ace of diamonds, I ruffed with my last heart and led a club. Naturally, Brent had the king, and it was his side's third trick, setting up dummy's jack along with the last trump. Unbelievable, and I guess it justified the bidding. But the opponents had the rest of the rubber - they stopped in 3H, making it exactly when we had four tricks on top, and then stopped in 2D, which might have failed if defended expertly, but Raymond's hand turned up an ace of spades short, so we threw it in. Finally, Brent played 1NT with plenty of material to work with.

Today's Work: It was a long meeting to discuss the immediate future of the project, but we got a lot of work scheduled and there will be a few very busy weeks ahead. I'm looking forward to the next few weeks, and to having a decent connection tomorrow so I can finish closing the last two sprints from home.


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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