First I lived with my parents. Then I got married and lived with the husband and two kids. Then I got divorced and lived without the wasband and the two kids. My daughter went out on her own and I lived alone with my son. Then my son spent a few winters away from home and I lived a solitary life (peaceful and quiet) though I still worked. Then I stopped working and my daughter and her husband moved in. It was still relatively quiet because they worked a lot. Then the wasband moved in who only works about 4 days a month though he does a lot of bird watching and now has a girlfriend to occupy some of his time but certainly not all. Now the son is back home for just a while, two weeks so far.
All my peace and quiet (and computer time) has gone down the drain. The funny thing is I can’t decide whether I love it or hate it. I sort of like the hustle and bustle of family life. Then on the other hand I sort of don’t. With family life comes family drama like on TV. You know, those family dramas. There are the old ones I remember like Dallas, Falcon Crest, Family and the Waltons.
I’m thinking we have our drama here but lately it’s becoming more a comedy of errors.
Definition of “Comedy of Errors” by Wikipedia:
“A comedy of errors is dramatic work (often a play) that is light and often humorous or satirical in tone, in which the action usually features a series of comic instances of mistaken identity, and which typically culminates in a happy resolution of the thematic conflict.
A slight variation of the “Comedy of Errors” discipline is Farcical theater, which revolves around humor caused by the foolish mistakes of unintelligent characters and the chaos that derives from it. Examples of farcical comedies include Fawlty Towers and Men Behaving Badly – Both from British Sitcom.”
I’m thinking I’m living more of a farcical theater comedy especially “Men Behaving Badly”. Now Barry plays solitaire on the computer quite often and don’t say you don’t, mister. I know you’re reading this. So I am typing the symptoms of Solitaire addiction for you. (I wouldn’t bother doing this if you used a deck of cards.) You might possibly need to go to some SA (Solitaire Anonymous) meetings. (I just want the computer).
Symptoms of Solitaire Addiction
Signs of an addiction to solitaire are similar to those associated with computer addiction. Warning signs to look for include:
- Getting a “rush” when playing the game
- Feeling guilty about playing the game, even as you continue to play
- Not being able to control the amount of time you spend playing solitaire
- Lying about the amount of time you spend playing and thinking about the game
- Becoming upset when someone or something in real life interrupts your game playing time
- Playing solitaire when you are sad or upset to avoid dealing with your feelings
In addition to the symptoms named above, physical warning signs can also be evident:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Reoccurring head and backaches
- Dry eyes
- Trouble staying on a regular eating schedule
- Neglect of personal hygiene
Now I myself don’t have an addiction to my computer. Oh, BTW (notice my use of acronyms), this is what I want for Christmas.
In 2005, North Carolina State Senator Austin Allran proposed anti-solitaire legislation. He wanted to erase all games, especially solitaire, from all computers in state use. Allran felt that government employees were spending too much time being idle and wasting taxpayer’s money. He believed that millions would be gained in increased worker productivity. On a similar note, New York City Mayor Bloomberg fired a city employee for playing solitaire during work hours.
Sorry the computer has been too busy for me to get time to visit your blogs but I will remedy that soon, somehow.