I think I was texting when I decided to stop the passing...
This is sort of a sad story, but it turned out well in the end. Every experienced player knows that there is occasionally a moment in mahjongg when you hope that you don't get your tile. It is that moment when, after giving the matter some deliberation, you have decided not to stop the passing and to do a second left. As soon as you have made the pass you realize with a sinking feeling that you have made a mistake. Perhaps the story is best told in pictures. (The hands have been recreated - in the heat of the game I wasn't thinking about Facebook...)
I was so happy - I picked up my tiles and there were three jokers! After the first left I was in pretty good shape. I should have stopped it there as there were some solid possibilities - the consecutive run with two dragons, the "sandwich hand" with pairs of fives in the middle, or maybe even a quint.
But no, I HAD to pass. My reasoning was that I might possibly get my hand in better shape. So here is what I passed on the second left.
And here's what I got on my second left -
But, I did get lucky. I let the first six bam go by but picking another four bam allowed me to call and expose a quint of four bams. Then I called the next five bam to go out, exchanged the soap for another joker, picked a six bam and then called for mahj.