Saturday, January 21, 2006
Puzz3D -- kicking my ass
I've always seen those Puzz3D things in Target et. al. and thought it'd be fun to give one a go. Don't get me wrong, I'm not ready for the nursing home yet, with puzzles on various card tables set up around the house, but I do enjoy a good challenge from something like that. I'm not as insane as to try those jigsaw puzzles where the print is on the back and front of the pieces and they've thrown in 20 some odd extra pieces to throw you off. I'm pretty convinced you take years off your life doing things like that.
So I got one of those Puzz3Ds for Christmas this year from Heidi who'd heard me talk about it some this year. And it's the John Hancock Tower in downtown Chicago. It's a building I am pretty well acquainted with as we seem to make it to Chicago at least every other year. We ended up going to the top of it on our honeymoon and Jeff always refers to it in some lewd way like the John Handjob Building or something akin to that.
But man, it's killing me. I've got the base done and the antenna on the top of the building, and I'm currently immersed in trying to get the sides of the building done. Thank God for the map of the pieces and how they fit together or else I'd be totally screwed. It's not nearly as big as I was anticipating, which is a good thing or else I'd probably die trying to put it together. It also comes with a bonus building -- the Tribune Tower -- which would have probably been the smarter one to start with as it's smaller and doesn't appear as complex. But it's too late now. The card table is covered with pieces from John Hancock and I'm bound and determined to finish.
Because, dang it, it even glows in the dark.