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Installment #72

I'm addicted to Solitaire! Is there a support group for this? I play it at night until I can't hold my eyes open any longer. I play it during the day when I should be working. And I just can't stop… LOL! What is it about this game? I want to turn it off but, for reasons unexplainable, I continue to hit the "Play Again" button. "I'll play until I win one more" I tell myself, but then I go on a losing streak and by the time I actually do win a game I've come up with another excuse to keep playing. This will, sometimes, go on for hours. I have a few friends that tease me... "Oh my God, that is the saddest game ever!" they will say. Really... the saddest game? I think a sadder game is the mind games you are trying to play with me to make me feel like a loser for enjoying the simplicity of a classic way to unwind and whittle away the midnight hours. "Why don't you try playing Spider Solitaire or FreeCell?" they will say. Well, first off because I don't want to! And secondly, how are they any less sad than just plain Solitaire? Both are still games that you play by yourself. Oh don't get me wrong, I've tried my hand at Spider Solitaire, FreeCell and the others but, I always go back to plain ol' Solitaire; there's just something comforting about it. I know I'm not the only one out there with this problem, I'm sure many of you reading this can relate to my quandary (be it solitaire or another game). It just sucks you in! Matching up the reds with the blacks - moving stacks from one spot to another - uncovering cards on the board - getting all the aces at the top - getting all the kings on the board - and finally, uncovering that last card on the board - this is when you know for a fact that you will be a winner! Ohhhh the excitement… it just makes me smile to see all those cards come tumbling down and crashing into a million little pieces!

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