It's certainly interesting. I don't know if they're only getting to me now because I haven't been in to the club since and they expected to waylay me there, or if THEY just got hit up by the apartment, or if they've just failed to be organised.
Well, there's nothing I can do about it until I get home on Sunday, so I'll just laugh happily at the silliness of it all and start to choose an outfit appropriate to dancing tonight :D
Mind you, so are an irritatingly large number of things. Right now, I am one huge bundle of laughter at this world, and I'm not exactly sure why. No, it's not the drugs, there are no new drugs.
There are a small series of articles running around in my head right now; What I've been able to articulate and write down so far seems to indicate that the recurrent theme is Trickster-y-ness and Y So Srs? And a few bits of interesting psychology.
I'm so glad I'm getting the chance to relax and rest and have Time.
I am also slowly coming down with the cold going through dancing at the moment. It's taken a week and a half or so to progress from zero to being able to feel the effects in my throat (no singing lesson on Friday for me). Minor, but annoying.
While we're at it, a hand from last night which was the catalyst for some Issues loudly coming to a head between two of my friends.( Cut for those who wish not to read the analysis )
I'm not happy about the situation, but I am happy with my staying outwardly calm through it - and having anger (with a spray of fear), instead of Rage or Fear reactions this time.
My new sim card ought to arrive soon, and I'm bidding on replacement phones.
Another plus thingy - I has Books, and there's two blankets and a quilt on the bed (with a third doubled over on my side) so I will be toasty warm when I get there.
G'night people, sleep well
In the Women's, SA are placed third, with Queensland and NSW yet to play in the first of two round robins (they get more state teams than the Youth). There are certain psychological play traits showing up in the datums there - which I'm sure I would not be seeing if I didn't know the players (from various teams) in whom they're showing up, so far. *wince*
The Seniors' have Victoria and WA yet to play in this round robin, and have played the Bye (which Queensland and Victoria are currently trailing). I don't recognise the names of any of the players in the teams to which SA have had small losses (two of four matches).
Then comes the Open. SA is coming third, having lost to NT, with QLD and ACT (which mabraham is playing in) to go, this round. They trail QLD and Victoria by 9.3 and 8.8 VPS, respectively.
Today's Bulletin also has the interesting note under the list of team members: "The names of all members of this team have not yet been submitted". OK, Colts Team, which is usually as many school-age Youth players as can get there and aren't in other teams, and can be anything up to twenty players in a very bad year...
Doubled Defensive Beer
Heh heh. Those words again: doubled defensive beer. Playing with someone who pays them. *grin*
The bidding went as follows:
Pass Pass 1C* /**
1D*** Pass 1NT^ Double
* Precision, showed a hand that is 150% of average (where average is 10 Goren-style High Card Points - if you have one each of Ace, King, Queen, and Jack, that's 10 HCP)
** We had no systemic bid here to show what I had, but since I know that I'll get another chance to do something, I'm happy to pass and butt in later
*** This response to the 1C shows a hand that is 70% of average or worse
^ This showed a hand with cards fairly evenly distributed between the four suits, no five-card major, and specifically 15-16 HCP
AK, KJ9x, KQT7, QJx
And declarer was screwed. Dummy held not a single honour card, we racked up +800 when 3NT (+600) can go off.
Finals of the Women's Trials starts tomorrow. At 9:30 am. I am Not Amused.
So. Perth. Playing with WA Redhead (no whiteadelphi, not you :P ) and will have much fun. There is good wine to drink, and since there's no evening play, drunken SMSes to send ;> Funfun
But while I'm here, let me share the glories of Wednesday nights at the bridge club.
You hold x, AKQxxx, x, ATxxx or something similar. May have been 7/4/1/1, but I can't check because I'm not at home. Anyway, partner opens 1D (better minor) you bid hearts, he bids spades, you fourth suit force, partner rebids diamonds. You show extras in hearts, and partner raises. Goody. 4C, first round control. You cuebid your way to a frigid 25 point slam, and are the only ones in the A section to do so *puke*
Go me. Hasn't seemed to do anything totally horrible to my bridge.
Re: The bridge. I've deleted and rewritten this sentence several times. Let's just say that, at the time of writing this statement, there are 6.5 more matches to go in the round robin of the Teams, and we're still unbeaten. I've seen some good things, and I've seen some poor things. And if the Seniors could please shut up as they squeeze past our table (table 3 in the Open room) to get out, that would be nice, thankyou. It would be very nice if there was a clearly visible funnelling aisle or something, but there isn't one, except for the one between table 1 and the Seniors, which isn't exactly bleedingly obvious, so there's nothing we can do.
Will now do the dishes, check my email and go to bed.
Have fun, everybody.
Pairs was OK. Grumpy grumpy players oh no. Strange strange bridge oooh yeah. One thing I have to say is: if your opposition are playing funky att/count/att depending on the choice of lead, don't ask them what the lead means. Second board after sitting down this afternoon, we were not in the sensible contract of 3NT, instead being in our 4/3 heart fit, making because the trumps split 3/3 and LHO believed RHOs' signals and failed to cash before I pitched it. According to deep finesse, I should make anyway on this deal, but I fear that the clubs do not split 3/3 and so I wouldn't get a club ruff. Instead (poor south!) he lead a club when he could have cashed - into my AKJxx, so I didn't need to ruff them at all.
1) Yay! We got into the third round of the Butler! Yay!
2) Mum, as of the end of the second round of the Butler, owes me another seven beers. Nine if we count the full value of:
3) Doubled defensive beer! *
4) The urge to pull my overshirt over my head and run around the table every time I score another beer card is getting nigh irresistable.
5) OMG OMG OMG we beat Sue Lusk & Therese Tully. Yes, they weren't having the best of sets, but it was a fun, friendly match which we won by 41 to 5 IMPS. I was so glad we weren't playing in the Open or the Seniors, there was this one board where Mum passed me out in my 4NT (Ace Ask - she'd opened a strong 2C, I'd accepted the game try, and was gearing up to look for Grand when she passed OoO. Datums in the Seniors and Open were something like 1200 & 1240 for that board, but only 220 in the Womens' so we still got +10 IMPS)
* You hold QT73, J4, AT97, J42, partner opened 1H, you bid 1S, I think LHO doubled to show the minors, partner bid more hearts, and somehow RHO ends up in 3D which you duly double and lead the ten of diamonds, run round to the Queen. I don't remember what happened next, but partner shows up with a second diamond and led it at some point, RHO putting down the King, which I covered and then plonked down the 9, smothering declarers' third diamond, the 8. Really, I'm stuffed if I remember the sequence of tricks, but we were vulnerable, they were not, and we took them for +1100, which I really liked as the best we can do on that deal is 3NT or 4H making 10, for +630 or +620.
Full deal; I was sitting south:
N: 84, AKT832, 42, AKT
E: K965, 965, KQ8, 875
S: QT73, J4, AT97, J42
W: AJ2, Q7, J653, Q963
( I have a lot to say... )
And a reiteration for those who didn't look behind the cut: I'm looking to purchase an electric guitar to practice on. If anyone has one they're looking to divest themselves of and can get it to me, I'm interested and can be contacted.
You hold: Q8, AK32, KQ652, T5
Partner opens 1D, you bid 1H, she responds 3C. Looking at this, you don't need much to be happy in slam, and game is definitely there, so you ask for keycards, hear 0/3, bid 5D, and pass partners' 6. We're, again, the only ones in the room in slam. A couple were in the not-making 3NT
Partner had 7, QJ5, AJT83, AK82, btw.
On later consideration, I should have bid this a little differently, but partner knew what I meant, and I knew what she meant, and we're all OK with that.
Then came Friday night, and the start of the ANOT proper. Our team (of two pairs) started out playing a team which included the husband of one of the members of our other pair The ANOT proper, I played not with my mother, but with someone from Sydney who I've played with in one other event, several months ago.
We had a blast.
Our team came 17th out of 56 (not bad for unseeded people who haven't played together recently (in my partnerships' case) or at all before (our teammates)!), and my partner and I, when scored as a pair against the average scores of the entire event came 10th.
AND I got a tentative offer of (minor) coaching , compliments from players I respect , played against people I wouldn't otherwise get a chance to play , and best of all, I had a really great time.
And now to start cooking dinner
Also, the flickering lights at the bridgeclub have not yet been fixed. As of Thursday, that means three flouros gone. The one next to the door has been going for over a week and a half now without replacement. I am Not Happy at the Housekeeping SubCommittee, and need to replenish the drugs in my handbag, lest I have none when tomorrows' migraine starts. I finished off all of Mums' drugs today.
So far, have taken photos of the men's and ladies' rooms in a restaurant, since they had small limbless nudes stuck artistically to the doors in place of words which might be misconstrued or something...
SA Youth Bridge Championships this weekend. Found it amusing. As an example of the amusingness, see the following hand (apologies to non-bridge players for the jargon and inexplicableness of it all)
( You sit south... )
This hand kind of balanced the one where we took 1NTXX off for +1000, but our teammates were in 3NTXX for -2200.
It doesn't cover the accomodation. And Mum and I were pretty cheap for CDB Sydney without staying at the YHA. Mum has booked accomodation, finally. Single room, within walking distance of all venues.
I'll try and persuade Mum to pre-pay the accomodation just so that I can walk up to the committee and say "Here are enough receipts to cover your subsidy. You'll get the rest of the receipts after we go." Mum probably won't, but at least I can try. The amount of the subsidy is, to be frank, insulting. It will cover either most of the accommodation bill (since we're somewhere cheap) or plane tickets, taxi in from and back out to the airport (assuming said taxi is shared between four) or petrol costs if staying with residents or public transport costs, and McDonalds three times a day.
The SA team garments for this years' Australian National Championships have been selected for us. They've gone with a reversible sleeveless vest this time. Sizings have been taken.
( Click only if you want to hear... ) Some day I shall convince them that fingerless gloves (impossible to play with fingered gloves) or scarves are a good idea.
End of rant. Finished now. For the moment.
On the plus side, the one suit jacket I own fits well, and I can wear a (fitted) jumper underneath without any discomfort.