So the card has been out how long? A month and a half now - and I'm still making stupid mistakes. There are a lot of things I can blame it on; transitioning from full time to part time work, transitioning from being in a relationship to being single (anyone know any widowers?) transitioning into my golden years or my budding cataracts. But the truth is I'm not focusing. If I were focusing I would know:
- The hand is 11 222 11 222 3333 - It doesn't take dragons anymore! Get it through your head! I have to learn to stop getting excited when I see a lot of one's and two's and dragons. Grr.....
- It's 2012 not 2011! I have to keep telling myself I don't need pairs of ones to make the Big Hand.
- The quint is any dragon not any wind. Having four souths and four flowers means nothing!!!!!!
Today was pretty bad. I had a great hand. In fact, I was set, but I didn't know it. My hand looked like this:
11 33 55 777 9JJ9. So exciting - all I needed was a 5 bam. But I picked a 9 bam. And I put the 9 bam in my hand and threw out a Joker. DOH!
Even worse, I am ashamed to say, but I will confess - I was set for a great closed hand but then went dead. Good thing, though - the hand was 5JJ 7 999 5JJ 7 999. The last 7 bam went out and I started whining about going dead when I suddenly realized DOH! I pretended I saw another great hand and acted like I knew what I was doing but boy, did I feel like an idiot.
But I realized I was not alone. I was playing in a senior center with a very nice group of ladies. It was my first time playing with them but definitely not the last. And all around me I was hearing things like:
"I gave away my tile"
"Oh, I'm so stupid!"
"What did I do that for?"
"I had the two one cracks but I threw them out!"
"I knew I shouldn't have thrown that!"
So I didn't feel so bad. We are, after all, only human and mahj is only a game. So if you play with me and you hear me muttering under my breath "That's not the hand, that's NOT the hand," you will understand it's my way of telling myself to focus and make the transition from the old card to the new - as if there weren't enough transitions going on...(oh, yes, I'm going to be a grandma! Woo Hoo!)
How about you? Any DOH! moments you want to confess? We won't tell!