Concerning “New York Bicycle Solitaire” –An exciting update! And –No “Full Deck” jokes, please. OK?

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Exciting news, my friends!

Having blogged very recently –qv– on my invention of “New York Bicycle Solitaire” (a game of picking up playing cards that I see on the ground while out riding my bicycle around New York) I have some exciting news!

Just as I got off the SI Ferry at South Ferry yesterday afternoon about 5 pm, what do I see but –not 1, not 2, not 3, but FOUR playing cards ( to wit, the 4 and 10 of Spades and the 9 and Queen of Diamonds: the first two I had already, but the last two were “new acquisitions”. In my 30 years of collecting I have a total of 43 cards, and at least one each of the 26 denominations out of the total of 52.

The circumstances of this 4-card Discard (unheard of in the World of Bicycle Solitaire)were not immediately clear.

An accidental drop? –unlikely.

Four separate individual drops? Please!

Deliberate Discard-in-Disgust of a losing hand in a card game? True, the 4 cards mentioned above hardly comprise a winning hand in any game I’ve ever heard of, but –however unlikely– that’s my best guess.

BUT — Four cards! The biggest find ever!

Of course there is something of an actuarial downside to all this!: 30 years to collect 26 of 52 denominations does prompt the calculation that I will have to wait until January 15th in 2040 to collect a Full Deck.

And –by the way– do spare me all those “full deck” jokes. Believe me –I’ve heard them ALL.

[I will be posting details of The Big Celebration ahead of time.]


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