My apartment was on the second floor. I could see the waves and beach from my stairs. The pounding surf was my private concert that put me to sleep every night. I loved my early morning jogs along the shore line. After my jogs, when I returned to my apartment, the lady downstairs would be out in the driveway picking up the morning paper. She always wore a tattered brown robe and her hair was half-piled on her head. I guessed she was in her 40s.
She had a computer that sat on a desk by a window I passed every day to and from my car. The computer was a brand new Mac PowerBook G3. It was the newest Apple model for 1999 and I wanted one just like it, so I easily recognized it on her desk. She was usually sitting there playing Solitaire. The screen was the first thing I could see as I passed by. When I came home after work, she would still be sitting there, same brown robe, playing Solitaire.
If I went out to dinner or a movie, she would be in the window playing Solitaire on her G3 when I left and again when I came home.
I developed a negative attitude about Solitaire and wasting one’s life away. I thought Solitaire was for extremely depressed people.
Now, I’m retired from the traveling rep days and the 9 to 5 days and I love spending hours writing my novels, tunes and this blog. When my brain is blank and I’m staring at an empty sheet of paper, I find playing a few games of Solitaire cleans out the cobwebs. It focuses me on not focusing on anything except those silly cards. I finish a few games or 10 and find I have some ideas floating around and begin writing again.
When my computer blew up last year I was almost as pissed about losing those few thousand Solitaire scores as I was my pictures and movies.
Windows 2010 comes with many games, including Spider Solitaire. I discovered a way to never lose at single deal Spider Solitaire—NEVER. You’d think I’d move on to tougher double or triple deck, but NO, I love winning so much I continued on with never losing single deck Spider Solitaire.
Then yesterday it happened; it was late at night and I was stuck on a re-write area of my newest novel. So, I turned to my Spider game and won 5 or 6 and then—Wham—I hit the wrong key and closed out an existing game which racks up a LOSS! NO!
I had won 2,535 straight Spider Solitaire games. I envisioned myself going to 1000 and calling the Guinness people.
My speculation about Solitaire playing has changed. I think people who waste hours playing Solitaire are either depressed or they could be old and crazy.