You have 30 seconds to relax…

The other day, instead of doing something useful like bettering myself, I was taking a little time-out to play solitaire on my phone. (Sometimes I think it’s this kind of lack of commitment to work that the economy’s in the state it’s in.)

Anyhoop, it was a new app I’d downloaded so I was having quite a few go’s. After game 5 or so, a message flashed up saying: New fastest time!

I hadn’t realised I was playing against the clock.

I hadn’t even realised I was actually ‘playing’ against anybody or anything.

I don’t know about you, but when I play solitaire I do it to relax. Not to flap through a deck of cards like David Blaine on Soho market.

At first, I did try to beat my previous time. But I soon found that I was getting myself all in a tizzy because I’d only got 10 seconds before I slipped further down my own self-imposed rankings.

This was no way to live life.

So I got one of those little red stickers, the sort you see next to paintings in an art gallery, and I put it over the timer on my phone.

So now, when I’m playing solitaire, I’m blissfully unaware of just how pathetically slow I am.

It’s much more relaxing.

Bit of a bugger when I’m texting though.

What’s next – Speed meditating?

(P.S. If you do want to know: 2’54”)

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One response to “You have 30 seconds to relax…

  1. I’ve managed to avoid all phone games, but remind myself before self righteousness kicks in about all the time I spend on WordPress and random google searches – ‘how tall was Glenn Ford?’ How bizarre aolitaire is timed, wasn’t the point of the game to fill time? I remember watching my Nan play for what felt like hours, not sure I ever saw it come out either. Clock patience is even better as after starting again, it takes ages to shuffle the cards effectively. I think the definition of chagrin should be having four kings turning up in the first 10 moves of clock patience.

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