Having too much time on my hands in the bus is both a good and bad thing. My bus is frequent enough that I don’t spend a lot of time waiting for it, but I certainly spend a lot of time on it. I read, do the crossword, maybe a sudoku, a codeword when I have them, play video games and lately, I have been doing logic puzzles.
I thought I was the only one who did them because I had never seen anyone do them. Sudoku seems to be the favourite, followed by people reading, and then followed by whatever iPhone game is popular at the moment. I have never seen anyone doing a logic puzzle. And no one has ever asked me what I was doing, or stared at me to figure out what I was doing……. until Friday.
On Friday I met someone who was interested and who wanted to know where I got the book. This is no big deal, but it means that I am, in my mind, no longer the only one doing these things. I am part of some group. Since the book was published and sold in a big bookstore chain, I should probably have realized this before now….but this seems more personal, more real.
Logic puzzles are not the best thing for the bus. There is less to write than a crossword puzzle (I use circles and “ x”s), but more to pay attention to. I had been managing it pretty well, but I realized that for the difficult puzzles, it is difficult to concentrate. Add to this fact that I am often sleepy during the morning commute and on the verge of dozing off on the evening commute and you can see the problem.
I will persevere though. Logic puzzles are fun, and challenging.
I became a fan of logic problems when I was in high school. We spent a week in mathematics class doing them. I did acceptably well on the test, but now I would be able to ace it. (okay, that’s ego talking–let’s just say I hope I would do better now.)
Over the years I have bought some puzzle magazines because they contained a few logic puzzles. The only problem was that I didn’t do the rest of the magazine and it sat around for years until I finally threw it out–no I am not a hoarder, but I am not a constant purger either. My current book is 160 pages of logic puzzles. I got it in the discount section of the bookstore (I guess they aren’t popular) and have done about 25 of them.