Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Positively Puzzling, Vol.1

Recently we rediscovered an interesting pastime: jigsaw puzzles. At the end of a long and often stressful day, sitting down at a puzzle with some music in the background, has created a wonderful way of unwinding. Overall it's been a positive experience.

Our first puzzle: Neuschwanstein Castle.

Cartoon puzzles are a lot of fun. This shopping mall scene was made a little more difficult in that it was a mirror image puzzle; the actual image was reverse of the image on the box. While we never did find Waldo, two famous characters we discovered were none other than comedians Laurel and Hardy.

Beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I love this country! 😃

Not all puzzles are new. This is one of several we were gifted by a friend. Some others have since come from second hand stores, which occasionally reveal a missing piece or two. Still, puzzling has become an enjoyable pastime. 

Pencils, pencils, and more pencils. This one was certainly a challenge! However, it was made extra enjoyable in that our son and daughter-in-law were in town for a few days and also stepped into the fun. Great family times.

"I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!" Remember that childhood chant? LOL. Whatever happened to summer's ice cream trucks? Memories! As a guy who likes his ice cream, and maybe a little too much, I thoroughly enjoyed this puzzle. 

One thing we discovered is just how small some puzzle pieces really are. It is really little wonder that sometimes pieces do go missing.

Well, that's it for this first edition of Positively Puzzling. The plan is for more editions to follow from time to time.

Thanks for the visit.

Peace (or is it, piece? -Ha).


See also: Positively Puzzling, Vol.2

See also: Positively Puzzling, Vol.3

Sunday, 27 September 2020

What Is This Blog About?

'The Other Side of Will' is Will's second blog. Why a second blog? In Will's way of thinking, there is a logical reason.

There's an interesting passage in the Bible attributed to Solomon that says, "There is a time for everything ... [including] a time to laugh" (Ecclesiastes 3: 1,4). So, just as Dr. Jekyll had a Mr. Hyde, so too Will's rather eclectic personality includes an other side, a side that includes plenty of laughter and jokes. It is a side that he often calls his "twisted sense of humour." Since these other interests do not always lend themselves well to the overall theme of his other blog, Will decided to create this blog. Essentially The Other Side of Will is a menagerie of all non-faith related topics that interest him. The Other Side of Willis primarily about enjoying life and is generally not to be taken too seriously, as depicted by the picture above.

The source of this photo is unknown to Will, and he takes no credit for it. However, that's not to say that it doesn't have a "Will Story" attached to it. There was a time in Will's professional career in which he provided non-ambulatory transportation, mostly to wheelchair-bound seniors. When Will discovered this picture he sent it as an email attachment to his superiors stating that he had to take his vehicle out of commission for a few days for maintenance and servicing. He then mentioned that he made some alternate transportation arrangements for the interim. For the most part, the humour was well received, but there were a couple questionable glances.

However, such is the nature of humour; not everyone will appreciate our jokes. One man's humour could potentially be another man's sacrilege, and Will tries to be sensitive to that, purposely not posting content that, while perhaps humorous in his views, may cross that line and offend another. After all, if we have deliberately offended, then we probably have also not acted with love and respect, and that would be unfortunate.

"Get busy living, or get busy dying" (Andy Dufresne, 'Shawshank Redemption'). What a classic line! Having said that, there is more to The Other Side of Will than just humour. There are all sorts of weird and wonderful things in the world that interest or amuse Will which he blogs about here. Things such as his foodie experiments, craft beer discoveries, and motorcycling adventures. One such bucket list adventure was when, with friends Barny and Tim (plus an estimated 600,000+ other bikers), Will took in the Sturgis Rally in August 2009. They were even featured on How cool is that? There is even a more serious side that sneaks out as in a mini-series of posts Will shares a few lessons he learned in becoming a new grandfather for the first time.