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When I Have Wasted Time on Spider Solitaire

Updated on January 25, 2012
My solitaire record.  Broken.
My solitaire record. Broken.

I Had A Goal

I'm a spider solitaire fiend. I can play it all day, every day. But I only really want to play the easy setting because I'm not trying to challenge myself but just zone off into my own little world and waste a lot of time. But I could not do that forever, since I need some sort of goal. So thinking back to free cell and how it is said that it is possible to win every game of free cell, I decided to try that with spider solitaire.

My goal was to play as many games of spider solitaire (on the easy level) and win them, just to see how far I can go.

Time Was My Friend

Because I was attending my last semester of school and had a lot of free time, the computer turned into my ally. I had decided that it didn't matter how many times I had to restart a game or press the "undo" button as long as I won the game. The goal was simply winning the game--not getting the best score.

I played and played and played. I faced the ridicule of my step-father telling me that I'm not actually playing the game right and my winning streak was worthless. I explained time and time again that I just wanted to see if the game was win-able. And I also faced a lot of trouble, because sometimes I won just barely. But I still tried.

But I had plenty of time to go through it. Game after game, day after day, doing what I needed to do to reach my goal.

Admitting Defeat

I won 1250 games in a row. I figured since I've gone that far, as might as well keep going and get as many games in as I can. I created a new goal to get up to 2000 games won! That was what I wanted to do.

But with one mistake, my record was ruined. The window claiming there were no longer any possible moves popped up and I didn't click "undo last move". That set the game down as a loss and pummeled my record. One click and my months of work was down the drain.

There are two things that I can do. Just give up or start over again. Wipe the slate clean and start over again or play a different game. This little failure that pretty much means nothing in the grand scheme of things makes me feel depressed about my clumsiness, but I decided to go it again and start over. However, either way, I have to admit defeat about my 1250 games.

This seems pretty useless to even write about or comment on. But everyone knows how much of a time waster the computer solitaire games are, and how any type of record on that game is pretty sweet. Perhaps it won't take me the few months that it took me to get up to 1250 games this time around. Maybe it will take me even longer, now that I have a job. But I still think I won't abandon my goal. Let's go 5000 games!


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      Cammiebar 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you for your comment, Kathleen! I think we all know what it's like to keep on playing solitaire when there are other things to be done.

      All the best!

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      Kathleen Kerswig 5 years ago

      I love this hub! I'm a big fan of Spider Solitaire myself. And I've found myself playing instead of working many times. Thank you for such an entertaining hub.