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Finishing my weekly regimen of nothing.

Today's Bridge: It was Steve's last day, on borrowed time, and he was my partner. We did pretty well, sweeping the first rubber despite closing at game in a hand that turned out to make a grand slam when the opponents failed to start by cashing their single diamond winner: I had H A-Q-x-x-x-x D Q C A-Q-x-x-x-x or so, and Steve had S A H K-J-x-x-x D x-x-x-x C K-J-x. The opening lead was a spade, upon which I threw my queen of diamonds, and I was able to lay down the hand. We finished when I committed a Bridge no-no and overbid a hand. All I had was S A-Q-6-4-3-2 D A-10-x C Q-x-x-x or thereabouts. I bid 2S in fourth seat over the opponents' 1H-2H, then bid 3S and 4S over their continued heart bids. Grossly overbid, especially vulnerable, but it wasn't doubled, and Steve turned out to have S J-x-x H x-x-x-x D Q-9-8-x-x C K - so it surprises me that HE didn't bid 4S over Keith's 4H. That's a hand for it. I ruffed the opening heart lead and led a club, drawing the ace. Keith led a diamond, and Mike played the jack, so I covered with the ace, cashed the queen of clubs, ruffed a club low, ruffed a heart low, and ruffed my last club with the jack, drawing Mike's king. Mike led a spade, naturally, so I took it with the queen, counted quickly, and pulled the last trump with the ace. That gave me good diamonds once I'd pulled the king, and a single trump to get back into my hand to cash the rest of them. Mike advised Keith that a spade lead would have been much more effective than a heart lead after taking the ace of clubs, although it gives me a free finesse. However, with Mike's K-10-9 of spades, I think he's guaranteed a spade trick unless he leads one, and his only entry is the spade winner that he'll get. Still... I'm pretty sure they had a way to set my contract. Eventually, we ended up in a 3NT contract that was reasonable, but the opponents got five heart tricks off the bat by leading through Steve's K-x... we had a lovely diamond suit, and a reasonable chance at making 6D, although I'm pretty sure we had 5 in the bag, and with 2H already below the line, we only needed 3D or 1NT. Still, the auction started with a 1D from Steve, and with S 3 H 8-x-x D J-10-x-x C A-K-10-x-x, I responded 1NT. He raised to 2S, I bid 3C (figuring he was pretty powerful for his bid), and he went to 3NT. His hand was S A-K-x-x H K-x D A-K-Q-x-x C x-x, which is why I prefer a 3D bid from him, to which I'll respond 4D and he can bid 4NT for Blackwood. When I respond 5D with one ace, he can leave me there or raise to 6D. Since he's declarer, the king is a guaranteed stopper if they start with hearts, and it's a laydown from there. If they don't lead hearts, then we need to set up a club from my hand to sluff the extra heart - easy with a 2-2 diamond split or a 3-3 club split, but failing either of those, I don't think it works. I tried, but after a long analysis, I think we're short of winners. We can set up the club and get to the board to cash it, but we can't lead a diamond to force the last diamond out because we need all of them for transportation. We just have to lead a heart from the board and hope Keith has the ace, which he doesn't. Still, with that good a chance, I want to be playing a slam.

Someone at Taco Bell asked me whether my friend with the crutches was okay. Sure, I'm a regular and usually show up with my brother, but he's never used crutches. Maybe she confused me for someone else because I shaved.

I've spent the evening working on FCM, avoiding naming the dying girl so far... she'll introduce herself eventually, I'm sure.

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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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