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The Missing Piece

In an effort to keep my brain lively, I've been doing jigsaw puzzles. I scored a big pile for 10 cents each at a yard sale this summer, and I was perfectly aware that I was jigging at my own risk, given the method of acquisition. But I figured, 10 cents, why not?

So wouldn't you know, this damn puzzle that I've been working on since NOVEMBER turns out to have 999 pieces. Yeah. There you go.

I guess I need to scoop it into the box and throw it away...I might hold out for discovering that piece somewhere cat-scattered, but so many of the puzzle pieces were in crappy shape with the photo peeling up off the piece, I suppose I'm doing everyone a favor by throwing this thing out.


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Mar. 18th, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
I love puzzles. But sadly so do my cats so I can only do small ones. I enjoyed your Vic puzzle in the newsletter :o)
10 cents isn't bad and I agree maybe recycling is for the best.
Mar. 18th, 2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you did the puzzle! I've only done the easy one so far. I suspect I'm looking for encouragement to throw the damn thing away.
Mar. 18th, 2012 07:28 pm (UTC)
Ali did the puzzle too :o)

No need to keep it if a piece is missing AND it's not in the best of shape. Recycle it.

Naturally this would not apply if the puzzle had penguins ;o)
Mar. 18th, 2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, naturally! The puzzle you sent me is pristine and untouched. I am intimidated by the large fields of solid color in it :D
Mar. 18th, 2012 07:35 pm (UTC)
LOL I haven't done it yet either. I need to get a puzzle mat so the huge beasts, I call cats, don't use the pieces as their personal toys.
Cindi Lehker Sulken
Mar. 18th, 2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
That just cracked me up!
Mar. 18th, 2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
I love that you can reply here from Facebook! Yeah, this is a totally Vic-thing to happen. Some how one missing piece seems more insulting than a dozen.
Mar. 18th, 2012 09:46 pm (UTC)
Of course, I've also seen puzzles fresh from the manufacturer missing a piece, so...

We used to do this as a family over Christmas break. I think that ended with the 2000 piece puzzle of hundreds of penguins, all in the same pose... We never finished that one. :D
Mar. 18th, 2012 10:11 pm (UTC)
*gasp* You didn't finish a pengy puzzle? *shakes head in puzzled way* :D

Mar. 18th, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
LOL! If I still had it, I would send it to you... ;)
Mar. 19th, 2012 07:41 am (UTC)
I have this 1960's golf puzzle that's mostly putting green, that I suspect would be a similar level of frustration. And I don't even like golf. (It was in the 10-cent pile.)

I can't imagine how many years it would take me to do a 2000 piece puzzle.
Mar. 18th, 2012 10:14 pm (UTC)
I was joking wth Andy that wouldn't it be funny if your Vic puzzle had a missing piece? It was good to do, but would have been more challenging if all the pieces had been cut the same. As it was, I actually matched shape, then colour.

The in-laws gave me a pengy puzzle for Christmas, but I have no room to do puzzles, so I took it to my mum, who loves them. She's almost blind in one eye and we joke that she can't see out the other, but she still manages to do these puzzles with lots of snow, sky, trees and blocks of colour. We have a hard time finding puzzles that are challenging for her.
Mar. 19th, 2012 07:39 am (UTC)
They had some different options for "shape" but I suppose I'm a traditionalist. I chose the shape that looked like a real puzzle to me. Maybe next time I'll have a traditional/wacky shape option!

That particular graphic really would have made a good physical puzzle with the different color/texture combos in the pieces. I think that's what I usually look for when I do puzzles is the depth of field in the piece, whether it's softly focused or crisp. Then I can spot where it goes.
Mar. 19th, 2012 12:24 am (UTC)
oh that would drive me insane :D
Mar. 19th, 2012 07:39 am (UTC)
I know. Something about it being just the one.
Mar. 19th, 2012 05:25 pm (UTC)
Is it a Ravensburger puzzle? Cause then you can contact them and get new pieces..

Mar. 19th, 2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
I haven't heard of Ravensburger, maybe that's a European manufacturer. This is about 25 years old and falling apart, so it's not worth the effort.

That reminds me, though, I did once get a puzzle with a missing piece and I emailed the manufacturer, and they sent me a whole new (completely different) puzzle, ha ha!
Mar. 20th, 2012 04:33 am (UTC)
You're right, Ravensburger is European. *smacks head*

We're selling puzzles like crazy these days, I just bought a whole pallet of puzzles for the store and they're going like hot bread. It makes me want to bring home a couple too, but the cat will only sleep (and shed) on all the pieces. Not to mention the ones that will "accidentally" fall to the floor to be used as toys. Lukas seems to think that anything laying around the floor is his. Even little pink thingies attached to feet.

Mar. 20th, 2012 08:00 am (UTC)
Does he have hair "down there" these days?
Mar. 20th, 2012 08:27 am (UTC)
He's not all back to his former glory, but he's not completely bald anymore. And the good news are that he has stopped spraying and he's not humping my leg anymore. His pee doesn't smell as strongly either. Yay for furry but empty balls! (and I bought a new enclosed cat-litter and sand that works, too) *does a little happy dance*
Mar. 20th, 2012 08:47 am (UTC)
My neutered boys both hump, but as long as they're not spraying, I just ignore it. I've never seen either of them spray. My prior cat sprayed every inch of the house. Even into the electrical sockets 0.0
Mar. 20th, 2012 02:50 pm (UTC)
Oh man! That could have caused quite a zing. I remember my male cousins peeing on the electrical fence used to keep the cattle out of our grandparents proprty. They only tried that once. Each. Those were the same cousins that built a raft and sailed it down river to the waterfall. I have a suspicion they only shared one brain between them.
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