I don’t what it is, but I’m a total jigsaw puzzle wussy. Seriously. Not only do I feel like I’ve suddenly become elderly by doing a jigsaw puzzle (wearing the shawl and listening to Paul Harvey probably doesn’t help), but I’m not even good at it. Maybe once every two years or so, my wife will suggest doing a puzzle. And if we do, there’s my wife diligently working on the sheet of blue sky that is the top third and saying, “Good job!” as I proudly announce, “Look! I made the boat with the dog in it!”
Whenever we’ve looked at puzzles I’m gravitating toward the pure: clean lines, broad colors – preferably primary, distinct patterns. Basically displaying the cognitive skills of a toddler.
My wife likes the tough ones where the whole puzzle’s blue or something and you have to have unbelievable patience as you try one piece? Nope. Try a second one? Nope. Third? Nope. And so on. By the fourth piece I’m already punching the stupid piece in place and muttering obscenities.
And I like tough puzzles, in general! Not Nazi-code-breaking type tough, but… you know… I can hold my own with a NY Times crossword.
So, I’m not totally incompetent at puzzles, is my point – and yet show me one of those photomosaic puzzles? I want to go hide under a blanket. Those things are awful. Some sort of impressionistic piece where the colors bleed together? Prepare for tantrum in t-minus 8 minutes… With crosswords I like the equivalent of tracking a fugitive. With a jigsaw puzzle I want the equivalent of tracking Waldo.
As you may have gathered, we’ve got a puzzle going. About 20% of it is a sheet of grey background that frames the picture. My wife is diligently chipping away at it. I just finished the guy on the bicycle. It’s like a vacation from dignity.
So I like puzzles even though they seem sort of dull, and I associate them with dotage, and I’m not good at them. I can barely admit to doing them at all. But I can’t be alone on this – not necessarily puzzles, but the activity you find fun that you can juuuuust barely admit to liking for whatever reason. Maybe you’re bad at it. Maybe you think it’s a silly activity. But whatever the reason?
Maybe you can only suggest it “ironically” (“Hey, guys, we should – ha ha – go sing karaoke. ha ha! Wouldn’t that be lame? If we did that? From 9-midnight at Johnny Nine’s Bar?”)
Maybe you hope someone else suggests it so you can ‘be supportive’. (“No, Janice hardly ever picks what we do, so if she wants to play canasta we should.” “I didn’t say that. I said I was originally from Canada.” “Yep, canasta it is. In support of Janice.”)
For this week’s Weekly Question of the Week? Give us your best lame activity you enjoy.
Oh, but you know what’s not a puzzle? (how about that for a segue?) The awesome ideas you all came up with for the “Save the Byronic Man” campaign. And what a success! When I put up SJ’s link for the online petition, it only had 5 signatures, and now? It still has 5.
But aside from that, the ideas were all great, but ultimately you voted for Hippie Cahier and her “We Are The Blogging World” campaign as the leader. Congratulations, Hippie Cahier, you’re going to be wrangling all our egos as we sing, and also being my blogger of the week! By all means, take a moment to visit Hippie Cahier.