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My favorite relaxing activity is jigsaw puzzles. When I am stressed, I go work on a puzzle and the stress lifts.

(This was a puzzle I did a while back and quickly snapped with my iPhone. The challenge with this one was all the pieces were the same kind of shape.)

Tonight our friends the Yangs came by and we discovered that both the wife (Stephanie) and her son love jigsaw puzzles.

Stephanie and I got very excited about swapping puzzles, and she became quite engrossed in working on the jigsaw puzzles on the table. We talked about looking at the colors and the shapes. Both of us really enjoy puzzles.

Our husbands, on the other hand, do not. Andrew is a database guy and Albert is an engineer, and this is how the conversation went.

Andrew: (looks at the puzzle) It’s just a sorting algorithm.

Albert: That’s right. All you need to do is create a Fourier Transform and analyze the color spectrum of each piece.

Andrew: You only need to find the one piece in one thousand. The iterations after that will go a lot more quicker because there will be less pieces to go through.

They said a lot more but all I heard was “Blah blah blah blah.” I also heard Andrew say, “I love recursions.”

Well, at least ¬†Albert’s contribution is he always places one piece in my puzzle and walks away triumphantly.

Albert: 1

Angela: 999

I guess it just proves opposites attract.

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