The Puzzle Challenge

When I was a lad, my family had a Christmas tradition. We would give ourselves the collective gift of a large jigsaw puzzle, often one thousand pieces or more. If we completed it before New Year’s Day, then the coming year would be a lucky one.

Evelyn and I decided to dust off the tradition this season, choosing as our start date the shortest night of the year, incidentally the beginning of Chanukkah. She chose this year’s puzzle… a scenic caricature of Washington DC. In the spirit of TGI Friday’s, there’s all kinds of crazy stuff hidden on it, inexplicable things that we’ve given silly nicknames to in our attempt to navigate the chaos of the scene: Dr. Dolittle, Go North Guy, Whigman, Car Parts Kung-Fu Guy, The Popcorn Smasher, The House Carriers, Easter Bunny, The Gingerbread Walkers. and my favorite, the guy holding up the protest sign that reads "Hooray For my Sign"! I want to do that at a protest rally someday. 🙂

We have seven days left until our 1.1.09 deadline. Will we complete it in time? The race is on!
(UPDATE: We finished it on December 28th.)

Nifty Wikipedia Thing: The Great Daylight 1972 Fireball

Movies I’ve Seen:

Moulin Rouge (1952) ~ there go Jose Ferrer’s knees!

In Harm’s Way (1965) ~ like war, slow and intense

Unforgiven (1992) ~ where heroes are made and broken

Date Movie (2006) ~ crude and tasteless gross-out overdose

Balls of Fury (2007) ~ Christopher Walken is the movie

What I’m Reading:

"Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand (83.6%)

"Homes and Other Black Holes" by Dave Barry


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