backgammon and chaos theory

When I am at the computer writing for lengthy periods of time, I do do the right ting and break up the tension by leaving my seat, walking about, doing stretches, etc. I also do plenty of the wrong thing: I click on over to a backgammon site and play away.

When first I discovered the joy of online backgammoning, I would pay complete attention to each and every move, mine and my opponent’s. When my turn had ended and the other player had rolled the die, I would count the various moves open to him and see if he chose the moves that I would were I in his position. Normal stuff, nyet?

Now, I do the opposite: when my turn is over, I close my eyes and wait for my opponent’s turn to end (there is a dong sound when each move is completed on the game that I play).

So now, when I open my eyes, I am in a completely new game!

This forces me to rethink the positions of all of the pieces on the board but also my strategy.

I know: meaningless stuff, no? But give it a try and see if it doesn’t add a wee bit o’ the spice o’ life to a sometimes predictable game playing . . .

3 Replies to “backgammon and chaos theory”

  1. Oh, the games people play. My story: When I sit at the computer, typing and writing eBay stuff for hours on end I also take a break for exercise. My upper torso is getting much stronger. Picking myself up after I fall to the floor takes stamina and, well… brute strength. I can never tell if my legs have fallen asleep. Leaving Charlotte for Atlanta tomorrow morning and then, after a week with my sister we fly to Napa for a 3 week Christmas visit. Jenna is moving to Koln, Germany with her German boyfriend and I feel pretty sure Sara is going to announce something like engagement (better than pregnancy!). Growing old sucks, but age has it’s merits. I can actually remember the day ‘In My Room’ came out on 45.

  2. The day that “In My Room” came out as a 45 I was 12 and hated the Beach Boys! If it was ever played on Top 40 radio in Wyoming Valley then, I probably turned it off so fast that I never got past the first few bars and into their whiny vocals. Those were the days . . .

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