September 28th, 2010

Moa: The King of Destruction

Even good cards can only be so good.

Today's Bridge: We had power today, but our distributions were just off in every hand. We had a great fit in a 3C, except that we had two unavoidable diamond losers and no clubs above the 10. I tried to keep it to two club losers, but there was no way to make it happen. Likewise, we had a sure shot at 4S until I saw the 4-4 club split with nothing above the queen. After two top clubs, a club ruff, and the ace of diamonds, we had everything else, but it was too late. The funny thing is that I don't think I bid a single hand according to any Bridge book, but those were the kinds of hands I had. For example, with S K-9-x-x H A-Q-J-10-9-x D x-x-x, I felt it was strong enough to open 2H, and when Kevin overcalled 3C and the other two passed, I bid 3S. Paul took the cue to bid 4H, and Mike felt we had enough chance of making it to bid 5C. We scored our only points in that hand, and even then, I screwed up the defense and we only set them one trick instead of two. Kevin doesn't miss a thing. Other oddities: I made a non-jump response in spades, then jumped on the next round to indicate a six-card suit to the A-K-Q. Paul read that one as intended. Less so when I takeout doubled Mike's 1S opener despite having a singleton club. Kevin redoubled, and Paul jumped to 3C, which I took to mean that he had most of the remaining power. With 5-5 in the red suits, I bid 3D, then 4H over Kevin's 3S. Paul went back to 5C, and we were down four. He'd intended his 3C to be a pre-empt... after three bids, it's a bit late for that.

Today's Work: Mostly looking over what I need to do for the rest of the week. Some documentation work for the Branch, and then some for the project.

Lots of videos to watch tonight, but I really need to make one of my own. Speaking of watching things, is it really true that Fox has already canceled Lone Star? Not that I care, because I didn't intend to watch it, but I think it was just up against Monday Night Football. House can survive that. Not much else can.