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Jul 6

Nerds in pieces

Posted on Tuesday, July 6, 2010 in Family, Humourarse

I’m one of those rare people who has the patience for jigsaws. They’re a brilliant invention, perfect for manual dexterity and logic exercises in kids, great for distraction from addictions, a box full of tiny bits of cardboard.   Individual quiet ‘yippee!’s for when each slots into its impossibly detailed place.

I got a 500 piece jigsaw of a bunch of Alsatian puppies for Puppychild recently. Who am I kidding… it’s really for me. She watches with mild amusement at the torture I seem to love so much but soon goes back to her kennel to thread beads. She’ll be there for that final twenty pieces, we have an understanding.

One of TAT’s spurious friends was visiting last week and asked if I was going to glue it to a frame, a lot of people do that. They don’t understand the point of jigsaws.

Jigsaws are one of the few things you can make which are designed to be smashed up again. Yeah you can leave it on the dining room table for months but people eventually get pissed off that they’re not allowed within five feet of it, so all those long hours piecing the whole thing together will have to be undone, destroyed and wept upon, preferably during a seance. That’s the whole fun of it!

Here for your amusement is a cat-in-the-box just in case you’ve mentally diverted from all the nerdy jigsaw talk:

Bring on the comments

  1. Nick says:

    No, I never saw the point of jigsaws, except that they can be very soothing when you’ve been stressed out by something. My dad did jigsaws non-stop when he was recovering from a stroke, I think they helped his brain to recover.

  2. Holemaster says:

    I did bad thing once. I mixed up two similar jigsaws.

    That cat is great.

  3. Baino says:

    I haven’t the patience and for some reason, there’s always that vital piece missing! I have a 3D jigsaw of a very complicated American colonial house, still in the box. You can have it next time you feel the urge!

  4. It’s not that I don’t see the point in jigsaws so much as I just can’t do them. EVER! I spend one afternoon a week in nursery and occasionally find myself at the jigsaw table. Now it’s not like they have especially hard jigsaws in nursery, but good god, can I do them? Happily, I’m now over the humiliation of being shown how to do a jigsaw by a three year old.

  5. K8 says:

    Nick; They’re a brilliant learning aid for spatial awareness and manual dexterity, a great way to meditate too. I’m glad they helped your dad so much.

    Holemaster; If you’d done that to me I would’ve mixed up your face.

    Baino; Oh the jigsaw gnome… second cousin to the lost sock fairy. Always with that one piece missing!

    Jenny; Happiest and proudest three year old in the world I’d say!!

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