I used to boast how Iâ€™ve never played a computer game.
Then Allyson gave an ipad.
Thatâ€™s right, she gave me an ipad! It was for Todayâ€™s Step work. Really it was. And to be fair, I have used it for just that purpose many times. The Todayâ€™s Step PDF presentation that we show to treatment centres is on it. It works slick as can be. I also use the ipad to download other apps that are used in the recovery field. This way we can see what the â€œcompetitionâ€ has to offer.
When the ipad first came out I heard it was for consuming â€” not so much for production. Today I understand that even when I tell myself itâ€™s for work.
It all started in the ferry line up one rainy and cloudy day. As I waited for the boat to come in, I downloaded Card Shark. It has 12 different games of solitaire and was free. Yup – harmless enough. I play two games, Spider and FreeCell. Then before I knew it hours slipped by and not just when I waited for the boat.
Then, as if Facebook and the Bowen Forum wasnâ€™t time suck enough, I found Words with Friends. My life is over. I am obsessed.
I tell myself itâ€™s good for my brain. That working with words is good for me, that is makes me smarter, and will keep me from getting Alzheimer’s.
At first I was shy and only played with Allyson. She understood I was new at this and wouldnâ€™t mind if I played 6 point words like cat or 3 pointers like tin. Iâ€™m not in it to win, just want to work my brain a bit.
Butâ€¦ Allyson is busy. She has two kids, a wife, dog and cat, and work. Sometimes she didnâ€™t take her turn for hours, and being the patient person that I am, I hit the new game button and asked to play with a random partner. Oh boy â€” thereâ€™s no going back now.
Today, I have seven games going with three different players. My obsessive nature took over and Iâ€™m hooked.
Right now I have the letters QUPIANO in one game! These are good letters! A lot of point potential right? Alas I have no play with them and will probably put down the word ONE on the board and be resigned to collect my usual three to six points again.
I havenâ€™t won a game yet â€” and I really donâ€™t mind. Allyson is generous and the random players donâ€™t know me, and they are the ones who ask for a rematch.
Oh, gotta go. Kirk232 just played and I can put down the word BAKER for 18!
P.S. If you play Words with Friends, watch out for someone who calls themselves â€œcrustoâ€ â€” they have a way with words and is kicking my butt. (or as we say in Canada â€” bum.)