Friday, September 22, 2006

Da Count #4

Most of the time, it's the little things that count. The little cogs in a wheel that keep the wheel turning. Sometimes it's not even that big. But without the little things, the big things become totally unmanageable.

I have had this little solitaire application on my computers since the mid-90s. The game is called "Montana". Of course, I had to check it out. I had no idea I'd get hooked. I have played it literally thousands of times. Sometimes dozens of times a day. Sometimes only once. I find that it's a great stress reliever. On a deeper level, it works some sort of logic function in my mind--always looking ahead, anticipating the next 10 plays, looking for the best outcome. It's actually taught me to do that--my win ratio is significantly better now than it used to be. When I'm playing this very simple game, the rest of my problems disappear. I don't think of the symphony, of my friends, of myself, of music, of photography, of much of anything. It's a simple, but great escape. And often so desperately needed.

It's the little things that count...

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