Today's Bridge: Except for a horrible, horrible trump split in a 5D Dbl contract, we did pretty well. I was surprised when Dan jumped to 5C out of nowhere, but he made it. I declared a 4H that should have been off one, thanks to Paul bidding the Stayman convention with only five points (two five-card majors, but still a bit weak), but I made it. The final, critical hand saw Dan opening 2H when I had S 6-4 H Q-J D A-Q-x-x C A-K-J-x-x - solid, but not quite enough to bid 3C on. Ken compounded the issue with a 3H response, but Paul had enough to bid 3S, and I responded 4C. He didn't know what that meant, but bid 4D. Dan doubled, and I redoubled. Then Ken bid 5H... forgetting that 4H was still available. To his credit, neither Paul nor I could really double that, as Paul had no hearts and I didn't know how much of my power would work. Indeed, we only got two clubs, two spades, and a diamond - ultimately, not a bad sacrifice when we had 6S, 6C, or 6D in the bag. Three eight-card fits, if you can believe it.
And that's about all that's worth mentioning so far today. I need to do something that won't corrupt data if the power goes out or the Internet connection dies, like read a book. Speaking of which, Strawberry 100% is awesome. Why didn't anyone strongarm me into reading the series sooner? I think it blows Masakazu Katsura's series out of the water, and I really like those.