I recently woke up from the trance of playing Candy Crush on Facebook and realized how much money (in tiny increments) I was spending for those little boosters they sell you so you can advance easier instead of struggling along on the same screen week after week. Sneaky bastards tapping into my impatience and bleeding me dry. I had no idea what I thought I would get if I reached the end of Candy Crush. Was there an end? Was there some pot of gold that would reimburse me after I’d climbed to level 500? I could see myself older and grayer plugging away trying to reach some imagined promised land of Candy Conclusion. However, at the exact moment I was tallying the cost, a commercial for UNICEF came on with that hot chick from Charmed…uh, Milano, yeah, that’s her, explaining how easy it would be to donate just “blah, blah, blah” a month to feed children or get them malaria treatments or clean water or whatever. So I decided to become a monthly sponsor instead of giving Facebook the money in $1 bits.
That would do someone some good right now, and I felt better.
About a week or so later, I broke 10 million, yes, 10 MILLION on level 252 (I think that’s the level…it’s all a bit of a blur) of the game, booster free, I might add. Granted I’ll never get back the writing time or blood circulation or muscle mass I’ve lost, but I feel better, and when I do play these days, without spending money, I find the game relaxing and fun again instead of stressful. *sigh*
Oh, I also give to Water.org, Matt Damon’s project.
Take care, people.