Fishing on the Tampa Bay

I’m no expert on fishing, but among the few fishermen by the Tampa Bay in Saint Pete, as we walk toward Mahaffey, only one is using light-tackle spinning/rod and reel, which I consider fishing, the rest are using cast nets on the Tampa Bay. Is this even legal? One throw, they come up with multiple fishes. Gosh … the fun is gone or even more fun this way?

The fish in the video is mullet.


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Swimming in the rain

Ok, is this wet enough? So just you know, the rain drops can be pretty painful when landing on your head and lip.

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5 4 3 1 jump

My first hand: 13 hcp, with one singleton. My lho starts bidding:

R1: p, 1♦️, p, 4♦️.

We made 5.

opening jump

My thinking goes: both opponents passed and my partner has at least 13 point. One of the players said, the max jump I should have, is 2 or 3. I did consider to go to 5. But with only 1 ace, I only bid 4.

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7 3 2 1

The first game in 2024. I’ve 13 hcp, 1 singleton and one doubleton, 7 diamonds.

The bidding:

R1: 1♣️ p, p, 4♦️

It tells me my lho has 13+ pt, my partner and rho  have less than 13. Point wise, we might be pretty even but my 7 diamonds and singleton and one doubleton are advantageous. So I jumped to 4♦️, fearing a pretty even hand would not go to the 2nd round. I’d like to go for the game but not knowing my partner’s hand, I settled for less. We ended up making 11/5.

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The last game of the year – 2023

my grip – index finger is still apart  

Played an excellent match today, with Cheri vs Jing and Punny: 6-3, 6-4. All played well and had good time playing it.

I’ve two doubles in the second set. Disgusted! After the game, I videoed my serve and … the waiter’s tray is still there and the grip is still wrong.

A few photos of Federer’s serve – it looks like his index finger is slightly apart also; and the snap.

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The last swim of 2023

My second medley, in correct order: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle.

One of my goals of the year is to swim the butterfly.

… and …

I did. One goal fulfilled.

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Why fix it if it ain’t broke?

6-4, 6-1, 3-6: one ace (on a 2nd serve to the deuce court alley) and two doubles.
Why fix it if it ain’t broke?

Don’t know… maybe trying to better myself? The road is long and progress is slow. But I’m still trying, even the waiter’s tray is still there.

Why fix it if it ain’t broke?… 可以解释为 别多手 或者 没坏就不要修…
本来可以靠发球赢很多. 现在一心想改进 结果失误太多
(不过也一个ace …)
… 一根筋 继续改进 虽没啥长进

歌是George Michael 的 True Faith [愉快] … I have faith to be the better me [偷笑][捂脸]

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3 3 3 4 again

Girls night in, two interesting hands.

Bidding correctly is important: I tend to bid low, to feel my partner’s hand, or give her/him a chance to bid too. But many times, I don’t get to rebid when three passes occurred. Like this hand. My rho opened with a pass:

R1: p, 1♦️ (me), 1♠️, 2♦️
R2: 3♣️, 3♦️

Luckily, the bidding went on after my initial 1 diamond bid, which should have been 2♦️ bid.

This hand is identical to the last time at the club, 3 3 3 4, with 11 hcp, with the same partner:

R1: p, p (me), p, 1♦️
R2: p, 2♣️, p, 2N

By passing the first round, I’m telling my partner that I don’t have an opening hand, 12 to 13 hcp. She bid 1 diamond. The second round, I changed to clubs, which is my best suit, telling her that I’ve 10 points and club is my best suit. She then bid 1NT.

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The grip @ serve

Although David G and I lost to Dave H and Cheri 5-7, 4-6 and 6-7 (5:7), down to the wire, but I picked up one good advise on serving: the grip – holding it like a hammer.

Again, I practiced serving before and during the game; and working on forehand as well. Served an ace on my 2nd serve, and 4 doubles. 

… waiter’s tray is still so prominent …

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Best suit vs responding

Playing at the club today, I’ve this hand – 11 hcp, 3 3 3 4, responding to my partner’s opening bid of 1 diamond.

The bidding:
R1: p; p (me), p, 1N
R2: p; 2♦️; p; 4♦️, ppp

In fact, I should have bid 1NT or 1♣️, which is my best suit. Essentially, it boils down to my best suit vs response to partner’s bid.

Per Linda: If I have 4-4 diamonds and clubs I will start with clubs. If I start with diamonds it is because I have 4-3 or 5-3. So, knowing that we don’t have an 8 card fit in clubs, why bid them? If I have five of a minor, then I can rebid that suit because you can open with 4 or even three.

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