A Thoughtful Surprise

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I am seldom far from a crossword puzzle. I am seldom far from a stack of them or a source of new material such as the Internet. Every major US newspaper publishes at least one a day plus a jumbo size on Sunday. The New York Times, for example, is puzzler’s heaven. If someone had to describe me to a person who I had never met, it would be a puzzle freak to be sure. It is more than a hobby. It is not just a pastime. It is a lifestyle choice, my friend, believe me. I have my favorite newspapers and follow about ten. I don’t always do every single one in sight. I certainly don’t have to wonder what to do to fill my spare time. Crosswords are the ultimate in word challenge. They test recall, logic, creativity, and more. You will never get Alzheimer’s Disease, they say. Your brain will be in tip top working condition at all times. Keep it going into old age and you are guaranteed no dementia. Crosswords, Sudoku, and all types of games and puzzles get your brain wired to think clearly. Needless to say, I adore them. If you haven’t tried one before, this blog is for you. It should tempt you to follow a new pursuit, one that I can’t live without.

I do them day or night as you can imagine. It depends upon when the mood moves me. I don’t have to be bored, just craving some mental action. Sometimes it is rather dark, but it doesn’t matter. If I haven’t finished at least my favorite one for the day, I want to continue whether I am in a well-lit room or not. I could be in a car, on a park bench, at a movie, or a gloomy bar. This can pose a bit of a problem sometimes when you can’t fathom the clues at all. After all, newsprint is ever so tiny. Who decided on that miniscule font? I prefer to do them online as a result of the lighting problem that pops up occasionally, but sometimes I just happen to have the hard news copy in hand. Otherwise I roll with the Internet or print out an enlarged size. Given this situation and that I like the original authenticity of the newspaper, you can imagine how pleased I was to get a very thoughtful gift: a medical penlight (meaning high powered and long lasting). No, I never set foot in hospitals or doctor’s offices, but this light if super bright with halogen illumination in a portable hand-held container. As a medical light, it produces true tissue color rendition. But who cares. What I like is the solid metal construction (I break things easily) and the way it reveals what I read: tiny or not.

What a great a gift idea for a fellow like me. Normal pen lights are fine, but as a present, getting something special is ingenious.