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June 5th, 2012

Today's Bridge: It was probably my last session for a long time, and it didn't go too well. I made a 2NT where there was a possible play for three, but I would have had to pull a trick out of four hearts to the queen or a seven-card diamond fit to the ten. Much easier to cash the A-K-Q-J in each black suit and effectively concede the rest, especially after a spade lead. Other than that, as Kevin said, "The cards will out," and the other side got the good hands. Their only real loss was when Kevin overcalled at 3H and New Dan passed with a void. I couldn't say anything after my partner's 2S opener with S x-x H A-Q-x-x-x D K-Q-J-x C x-x - I'm not going to double the hearts or bid 4D. Off four. Then we went off four in a poorly-bid 3NT... as much my fault as Keith's, I think, but they were vulnerable and we weren't, which made a bit of difference. We missed another 4S in a sacrifice, off three doubled but a good trade for their likely 4H contract.

Today's Work: I'm still not officially installed in the task lead position, technically speaking, and the old task lead will still be running tomorrow's meeting (assuming he's there), but I'm already starting to make some advisory decisions and learn about the challenges facing us, the ins and outs of the project, and the things I can expect to put up with once I'm in a leadership role. I shouldn't be surprised, but business is complicated. They want me on-site from now on to provide oversight and keep the integration testing in line, so I won't even be at a meeting tomorrow morning. I don't like missing that particular meeting, but I don't mind having just the one commute.

I'm finally starting to get caught up on House. One episode down, eight to go, and one of those is just starting. I might attempt to edit some Amazon Queen video while it's on, but I try to avoid that because it's hard to pay attention to both.

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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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