Games People Play

Those little things you do to amuse yourself?  The ones you think nobody else does?  We all do them.

This video illustrates it brilliantly:

Some terrific examples there of spontaneous solitaire gameplay in our everyday lives.  What other little games do we play?  I'm going to think about this some more, but other things I do:

  • Time my use of the gas pedal when approaching a red light so that I don't need to press the brake pedal.
  • Similar to the stopwatch in the video, but with the gas pump.
  • Gauge distances as I'm walking, predicting how many steps or seconds it will take me to get to an arbitrary waypoint like a curb or mailbox.
  • Predict my total dollar amount at the supermarket.
  • Get to the microwave as the timer expires, opening the door just as it starts to beep.
Got any more?  Post 'em in comments.


I used to go to the Strand book store and shop for beautiful used books... but the rule was you couldn't go over $20 total.

How far can I walk down the sidewalk with my eyes closed before I *have* to look.

Guessing about how long it will take to pee, and counting down mentally as you go.

I'm not sure exactly why but this site is loading incredibly slow for me.
Is anyone else having this issue or is it a problem on my end?

I'll check back later and see if the problem still exists.

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