If you read my earlier post – my 1000th post here on WordPress and (if you include my original Blogger A Certain Point of View content) 2,403rd blog post overall – I want you to know that I did not go to bed till after I posted Old Gamers Never Die: My First Total Victory in ‘Regiments’ (Oh, and This is Blog Post #1,000!)
What time was that you ask?
I am not the world’s slowest writer; for a hunt-and-peck man, I can tap-tap-tap on a keyboard at a fairly quick clip. And if I am in the oh-so-desirable-but-often-elusive “Writer’s Zone” and the phrases are flowing from my brain to the keyboard and ultimately onto the computer screen, I can write at a decent speed.
I started writing today’s first post sometime around midnight. By one in the morning, I had reached the halfway point and thought that I would finish around two once I’d chosen screengrabs from the game Regiments, proofread my copy, and made necessary revisions before hitting the Publish button.
Boy was I ever overly optimistic!
By the time I’d selected cool graphics – including the only screenshot I took from the Regiments gameplay session I wrote about in my 1000th post – wrote the captions, and was satisfied with my handiwork enough to publish it, the time on my computer’s clock was…5:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time.
And since I did not go to bed right away – I dawdled on WordPress just long enough to comment on a friend’s blog post, then shared Post #1000 on various social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter. LinkedIn, Tumblr, and Pinterest. So even though I did not note the time that I logged off, it must have been around 5:30 AM when I finally laid myself down on my futon, placed my head on my pillow, and fell asleep.
I didn’t sleep for more than four hours, so even though I’ve had a late breakfast of Quaker Instant Oatmeal, a croissant, and two cups of coffee that I brewed, I’m tired, a bit scraggly-looking, and in need of a shower and fresh change of clothes.
(To be honest, what I also need is a nice vacation in a venue that is far from Tampa. Preferably with a cute, intelligent, sex-positive woman who likes writers and movies, but that’s as unlikely as getting all six numbers on a winning Lotto ticket.)
So, in addition to being tired, scruffy-looking, and needing to take a nice hot shower and get into clean clothes, I’m also a bit wistful and more than a tad cranky.
But, on the other hand, I’m still jazzed that I earned a Total Victory in Regiments last night.
Oh, I know that this is not an earthshaking accomplishment worthy of a report on CNN or TIME magazine, but, fuck, it cheers me up.
Not as much as, um, certain other activities would brighten my spirits and lighten my mood, but I’ll take my little bits of happiness when I can get them.
Anyhow, I doubt that I’ll play anything more challenging than Microsoft Solitaire today; just thinking about picking a new scenario from the list of Skirmish options and then going through the various phases of battle on Regiments seems overwhelming, so I will take a short hiatus from that game.
And since I’m running out of witty things to write, I’ll just close this post so I can at least take that shower and get dressed, even though I will not be going anywhere later.
So, Dear Reader, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.
 The closest I ever came to winning the big jackpot was shortly after New Year’s 2016, when I still lived in Miami and bought an occasional Lotto ticket in memory of my mother, who bought a weekly pair of tickets until she got sick. I used to live near a strip mall with a Winn-Dixie supermarket as its “anchor” store, and since I was buying groceries every two weeks, I sometimes bought one Lotto ticket.
On one occasion, when the Caregiver was still “the Girlfriend” and traveled to Miami to spend time with me every other week, it just happened that I was on my own a few days after January 1, 2016. My now ex-girlfriend was here in Lithia, taking care of stuff in the house and spending time with her three kids before getting ready to visit me in Miami again. So, basically, I was alone on the night that I added a Lotto ticket to the small bag of groceries I’d bought to tide me over for a while.
To make a long story short, I ended up winning $3,000 from that Lotto ticket; I’d gotten 5-of-6 numbers, which was one number more than my mom ever matched with the winning numbers: 4-of-6.