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Nice haul on the $1k (and regarding the lost $1,700.... my philosophy with this trades has always been, and will always be: Think forward & don't look back. Otherwise you can make yourself nuts with regret.)

Timing is everything with the 'cure for root canal' maneuver. It must be done far in enough in advance of expiration to move the dial on annualized yield (which is the main criterion I use to assess trades). The approx. sweet spot parameters are: Minimum 3 weeks prior to expiration, when stock is trading 10%+ over strike.

I don't buy calls, and the only spreads I'll do (very infrequently) are bull call spreads, so I'm not able to advise on the trades you are contemplating. Just not for me.
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