Have you ever been convinced you saw something a certain way for a long time, only to find it wasn’t what it seemed? This happened to me this past week. I played the first hand in the 2468 category.
22 444 FFFF 666 88
When I first received the 2015 card I studied it for changes from last year’s card. Even after holding the 2014 and 2015 cards side-by-side I had convinced myself that this hand did not change from last year. So when I called “Mah Jongg” and exposed all my tiles, imagine my surprise to be told my hand was dead. I was at first convinced that everyone was mistaken- of course my hand was valid; it matched the one on the card! It was only after it was explained that I had used DDDD instead of FFFF that I realized my error.
22 444 DDDD 666 88
What was even worse was knowing I had discarded three Flower tiles during the game. I had thrown away a “Mah Jongg” for sure. It was the first time I have had a hand called Dead in a few years.
My mind was so accustomed to seeing patterns on the card that I failed to realize that this hand required DDDD last year and FFFF this year. I have looked at this card dozens of times over the past few months and never saw any difference in that hand. In my mind, the Flowers were Dragons; there was no doubt about it! Our minds work in mysterious ways, that is for certain.
Has this ever happened to you? Tell us about it!