Bear Bearns

Am I the only one who checks their mental health with Solitaire?

I’ve had a bit of stress lately, barreling down on deadlines, clicking away, getting things down between visits with ornery children who like to sneak out of the yard and “prank grandma” with fake serious injuries. I also slid my little Queen across the board to put that old King in check… but, that’s real life chess and solitaire is cards.

Virtual cards. I play Microsoft’s Solitaire Collection on the computer. The”Daily Challenge” is fun. It’s one each of five different types of Solitaire games: Klondike, Spider, FreeCell, Pyramid, and TriPeaks. Every day is different as you never know if the objective for a game will be a card, board, stack, score, or solve challenge. It is good practice for Events.

That is a screenshot from Today’s Easy Street Event. Guess I got lucky, landed in a group of slow pokes. If you want to put my time in perspective, just take a glance at the global board. Some players are so scary good and wicked fast that they can finish under 15 minutes.

Odds are, I won’t keep that #1 spot, be lucky to stay in the top 10, as not everyone in my group of 100 players was done yet. I have no idea who those other players are… upwards of 300,000 people sometimes play in an Event and I think they just divvy players up into groups of 100 by their start times, but sometimes I think there’s some algorithm grouping by skills, too.

It doesn’t matter.

The thing is, playing solitaire is way to check my mental health, my concentration levels, and all that. When the fog rolls in, I can’t play. I can’t even do basic math when depression sets in, which is bizarre, as I was an engineering student who tutored math as a side job in college and then did trig almost daily after I became a tool & die maker. I don’t understand it, it’s just a strange phenomenon, suspect it’s got something to do with brain chemistry.

My mind kept wandering today. I found myself puttering around playing for a solve, wasting time when I should have been focused on that particular game’s objective. Maybe I just need some sleep. Yeah, that’s it… a good night’s sleep without a care in the frikkin world.

Thanks for reading!

PS: no one I personally know plays Microsoft Solitaire events so I have no friends on there… if you play and want to friend me, look me up, I’m Bear Bearns.


2 thoughts on “Bear Bearns

    • Well, thank you Dr. Strangelove. My life has been a bit out of monitor and I lost my voice for awhile. Which is worse? To write boring dribble or write nothing at all? Is it like baseball? Ty Cobb only hit the ball 36.6% to land the highest average in Major League history. I’m nowhere that good, don’t pretend to be, so I thank you for thinking that I have, previously, written a few good posts.


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