" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

July 28, 2019

God Doesn't Play Yahtzee With the Universe?

The latest book I read, 'Disappearing Off the Face of the Earth', mentioned the main player/person the story revolved around having to play the game of Yahtzee every time he visited the home of a guy selling the contents of his rent defaulter's storage spaces on eBay for him.
I had heard of, and seen the game around in my youth, but never played, or knew how to play the game, so after finishing the book I looked up the rules and watched a few You Tubes about the game.
"Yatzie was included in a game set called 
LUCK - 15 Grand Dice Games.
It was marketed under the name of Yahtzee by game entrepreneur Edwin S. Lowe in 1956.
Lowe is also responsible for introducing Bingo to the U.S. market.
The game is a development of earlier dice games such as Poker Dice, Yacht and Generala.
It is also similar to Yatzy, which is popular in Scandinavia.
The objective of the game is to score points by rolling five dice to make certain combinations.
The dice can be rolled up to three times in a turn to try to make various scoring combinations and dice must remain in the box.
A game consists of thirteen rounds.
After each round the player chooses which scoring category is to be used for that round.
Once a category has been used in the game, it cannot be used again.
The scoring categories have varying point values, some of which are fixed values and others for which the score depends on the value of the dice.
A Yahtzee is five-of-a-kind and scores 50 points, the highest of any category.
The winner is the player who scores the most points."
I think I would almost prefer to play Russian Roulette with five live bullets in the chamber than to sit down and play a game of Yahtzee to be honest, but it was the bloke in the above videos trying to roll five dice showing the same number that caught my interest.
Ironically, "Lowe chanced his luck in 1963 and opened the 450-room Tally Ho hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.
It was the only major hotel in Nevada without a casino, as Lowe believed that there were some tourists to the city who were not interested in gambling.
Because of low revenue caused by the lack of a casino, the hotel closed later that year, with Lowe stating that it was a mistake to open without a casino."
The funny thing is though that I listened to the latest 'Mysterious Universe' podcast yesterday after I watched all these players trying to roll a Yahtzee and the podcast was about synchronicity and coincidence and even talks about the odds of almost impossible dice rolls -
22.04 – MU Podcast
The MU boys also talk about the appearance of butterflies as signs from a departed loved one and oddly enough it was the book 'Disappearing Off the Face of the Earth' that I was reading outside in my backyard when the butterfly I wrote about in this recent post showed up -
Spring Has Sprung in the Middle of Winter in Oz?
The book by David Cohen is a fictional novel that deals with the anxiety of mental illness, old age and dementia, death and storage spaces not just for excess goods we flood our living spaces with, but also storage spaces we place our old demented parents in, graveyards and burial places we store our deceased, and "spaces" in our minds that we store our memories in and then try to retrieve them at a later date.
It's a clever metaphorical story that ultimately literally leaves you in the middle of nowhere with your thoughts about what just happened for the last 218 pages.
Having a father who had suffered badly from dementia and who passed away in a nursing home I could quite relate to the ideas in this novel.
In fact, my mind was focused on my father's last year's struggling with that illness and what just might be up ahead in my own future if I'm unlucky enough to live that long.
 'Disappearing Off the Face of the Earth'  page 148
I bought David's book when I went to a book talk in a bookshop in the Brisbane suburb my father grew up in as a boy and which I wrote about in this post -
Lance: Synchronicity and a Bad Omen?
I even took the book with the ibis on the cover that I bought of David's in Byron Bay along with me that night for him to "sign" for me;-)
What Are We Going to Do About the Ibis?
The Mysterious Universe: Between a Rock and a Hard Place and a Hidden Experience?
It seems to be a much bigger and more connected mysterious universe than any of us mere mortals have eyes to see with, I think.
The Source and Significance of Coincidences?

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