Saturday, August 04, 2007

I am hooked on Sudoku puzzles. Am I a geezer, or what? If I am feeling physically lazy (an all too common occurrence) I can convince myself that I am exercising my mind if nothing else, by decoding a Sudoku. It is also an excellent way to empty my anxious brain of all troublesome thoughts. For 30 -45 minutes, I am focused on nothing but numerical detective work. Of course, all good things must end, and when the puzzle is done, everything else is still undone. I have not dusted. I have not pulled weeds. I have not washed dishes. And...I do not give a flying fuck! So there!

3 comments:

KELSO'S NUTS said...

Z: A little yarn from your brother on the telegraph wire. One of the most intelligent and accomplished people I know -- a true mentor and virtual older brother -- once told me that his life changed -- that he became mentally and emotionally liberated enough to accomplish what he ultimately did -- the day he realized that HE DID NOT HAVE TO ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING EVERY DAY.

MOREOVER, WHEN HE REALIZED A DAY SPENT LYING IN BED AND READING WAS NO LESS VALUABLE THAN A DAY WORKING OR STUDYING OR DOING WHAT HE WAS "SUPPOSED TO" HE REALIZED THAT THE WORLD COULD REALLY BE HIS OYSTER.

In other words, he shook off this poisonous American Calvinist ethic of self-denial, and with a more, shall we say, Zen or holistic approach to his own humanness, became a tremendous success -- financially and as a morally-centered and giving person. As in a LOT of money and a LOT of selflessness.

So, shit, I say keep doing those SUDOKU puzzles when you take the notion to do them. The weeds and dishes will wait. Guilt over doing SUDOKU puzzles? It's come to this? My god.

Madam Z said...

Goodbye Calvin! Hello Buddha! Praise Kelso! I am a new old woman, free of guilt and full of self-indulgence! The world may not be my oyster, but it may be my clam...and I'm off to make some chowder. Or eat some ice cream, and make love to my sweetie and then...AND THEN...tackle my new book of Sudoku - DIABOLICAL SUDOKO!

Mathman6293 said...

Go for the Sudoko. Nothing like a puzzler to keep the brain sharp.