I don’t like board games. Why? Because I’m a sore loser and I have to be nice to the winner. Internet games are just the thing for a person like me. They allow me to play alone or to compete with strangers. When the stranger wins, I can message “Congratulations” while adding “You @*&$#” aloud.
The problem with online gaming is that it takes up way too much of my day. For example, now that I’ve achieved “Pro” level in Farkle, I can play alone or against someone. Lots of people sit in the Farkle lobby waiting for an opponent. So, I warm up with a few rounds alone, and then work my way through the lobby crowd.
Facebook has other interesting games: Farm Town, Farmville, and Yoville. By the time I do the minimum to win coins, the morning is shot. Who would have thought shearing sheep and collecting horsehair would take so much time?
Besides those games, I work the crossword puzzle from the Florence, AL Times Daily, the crossword puzzle from Yahoo games, the crossword puzzle (do you see a pattern emerging), word search, mini sudoku, and regular sudoku from USA Today, and the crossword puzzle and sudoku from the Los Angeles Times.
If I get up at 8 am, read the paper and drink coffee for a while, then log on to the internet, the rest of my day starts at noon or later. Well, by noon, my mind is shot and I have no more energy. So I check e-mails (I have 5 accounts, each having evolved for different purposes) and see how my crops are growing in Farm Town and Farmville. By then it’s too late to get started on a project around the house.
Having said all that, today is day 1 of no internet games for a week. It’s a self-imposed experiment to see what I can do with this new-found time. It’s also an experiment to see if my nose falls off when I don’t return a date tree or chicken to a farmer friend right away. Hmmm. I wonder if that might be a cure for sinus congestion?