Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Confession of an Addict

I have a confession to make. I ... am a Sudoku addict. I know. It's a shameful thing. But it's true. Even more shameful is the sorry level I'm at. Moderate. Not Wicked. Not Evil. Just Moderate.

My descent into the abyss began innocently enough. In fact, I'd sworn not to play the evil Suduko game, thinking it a waste of time (boy, was that ever the truth!). Its entry into my life, my thoughts, my dreams, came through someone I love and trust. My husband.

He came home from work one evening, having spent the day interviewing teaching candidates for his college, full of stories about this wonderful new game a prospective instructor taught them which would expand our minds, grow our powers of reasoning and logic, give us authority over other people and their evil mind tricks. Even stop alien attacks. He insisted we all learn to play and become geniuses.

Next thing I knew, I was sneaking the Sudoku puzzle book into the bathroom and sitting for what seemed hours. Taking it to bed and turning the light back on once I heard the steady, slow rhythmic breathing signaling Chris was asleep. Filling in the grid at the YMCA instead of working out. Finding excuses to sit for "just a minute" and pick up the book. Dreaming about the grid. Placing numbers in the squares while I'm talking or listening.
If you scroll down the page you'll see a puzzle waiting to hook you too. It's bad, folks.

They say that admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery. Well, I hope that's true. Because if I reach evil genius status we're all in trouble. And while you're here, why don't you try a game yourself?

Until I write again ...



Marguerite said...

"One of us. One of us." -Simpsons

I used to have this problem with Tetris when it first came out on Nintendo. Sudoku (I always spell it wrong) hasn't quite grabbed my attention to the point of addictiveness, but it IS the only game I have downloaded for my cell phone. You know, for boredom emergencies. ;) I could try for evil genius level, but it makes my brain hurt. I won't tell you about the online "Daily Sudoku" game I found either. And just for curiosity's sake, I'll check out your game here. Support your creative endeavors and all that. ;)

p.s. There's only 2 people with my name.

Flea said...

Way cool. And I thought I was unique. :) Of course, there's only ONE Flea Christenson.

jeni said...

So, does that make you a Sudoku dealer? After all, you do peddle your wares on your blog! heehee :)

P.S. No one has my name in the United States. I guess I'm an original!!!!

Flea said...

Nobody? Way cool! Even better than my sister! I can't believe there's another one of her out there - I thought they broke the mold. But Jeni, Katie's a little one of you.

Marguerite said...

They did break the mold. Somebody must have stolen my identity... >.>

Flea said...

Oh, I think it was the Marguerite who came before you. Then you came along and they said, "We can't have any more of THAT." :) You're radical.

Tara Hingle said...

Hi there Flea...So, I will confess my deep dark secret as well. My name is Tara and I am a Sudoku Really, I am. No, seriously- I am. I laughed when I read your post because I can relate ( pun fully intended!) I keep Sudoku puzzles in my handbag, by the night table and my bathroom visits have doubled and now last twice as long because I, too, get completely engrossed in those crazy things! Chris ( my Chris!) laughs at me constantly, tells me I am addicted- but will not try one himself- I personally think he is afraid that he will enjoy them. He is missing out!

I think it is such a "healthy addiction"- if there is such a thing!!! Keep on Sukoing its a great mind exercise. I am stuck on easy/medium- I have been since I started....shhh don’t tell anyone!! Haha

Been ages since we last talked....So my only update is Chris and I ( after 7 years of living in sin:-) are getting married in 5 weeks.....excited, nervous the whole package!!!

What have you been up to? lol...I guess I kinda know the answer to that- I read your blog!!

Take care, love to the kiddies and Chris (your Chris!)!