Friday, March 2, 2012
Solitaire Wisdom Pt. 2
I've come to the convenient conclusion that playing solitaire on the iPad, while snuggling Flicka in the chair-and-a-half, is about the best possible use of my time. Somehow the tap, tap, tapping and moving the "cards" around opens up places in my mind that I did not previously have access to.
Plus, there's a "hint" button.
I've set the game so that it only deals winning hands. That means, it is possible to win each game. Doesn't mean I always do. There are all kinds of ways to screw up, or simply guess wrong, when faced with two seemingly similar choices. The beauty is when you don't know what to do, you simply click "hint" and it shows you what you can do. Then, if you still screw up, there's the ever-helpful "undo" button. As a last resort, you play the game, get stuck, can't win, know it's possible to win, you just click "replay game" and you take everything you learned from your previous attempt(s) and go at it again.
I do think life is a game of solitaire. We have all kinds of hints, undos, and even re-plays with the winning hand we're dealt. It's just a matter of using them.