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Behold a 2,000-piece puzzling feat

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What is there to do on a dreary, rainy January day when all the excitement of the Christmas rush is over and you have nothing but time on your hands?

Well, if you’re like my 22-year-old granddaughter, Ruthie Allen, who loves to piece puzzles together, even way on up there to 2,000-piece ones, you’ll spend hours sorting pieces and making them fit.

I didn’t even know she had bought this Disney puzzle and given it to the family for Christmas. I think maybe she planned all along to bring out the monster puzzle and begin putting it together when everyone else was either out of the house or interested in something else.

By the time I learned of the puzzle, she had already taken up most of the dining room table and had more than 3/4 of the colorful puzzle put together. We were awed. In fact, it was the first time I had ever known there was such a large puzzle. The 1,000-piece ones were the biggest puzzles I had ever seen, and worked on for a brief time. If you, like me, are awed by this feat, please know that it is helpful that the puzzle has about 22 different color blocks to help you assemble it in sections.

My wife, Peggy, and I visited her cousin Joy and husband Al of Hendersonville several years ago when they had been working on a 1000-piece puzzle. I spent about an hour before matching one piece in that puzzle. I gave up after that and decided it best for them to finish it after it had only been made up about half-way after they had been searching for many hours for the correct pieces. I heard later they had finished it, but only after many hours and several days of work.

Unfortunately by the time 1,995 pieces were in place, Ruthie realized that five pieces were missing. We think the three dogs in her household may be to blame, especially the youngest puppy who loves to snatch and chew things she shouldn’t. Still, it’s quite a feat.

Enjoyable lunch with old friends

I had a treat on Monday after a call from long-time friend, John Lyon, who invited me to lunch at the Forks Cafeteria on Monday. It was not only a great lunch, but John and I picked almost the same food offered — meatloaf, sweet potatoes and fruit cup. I picked cabbage for my third choice, but John picked another.

It was also good to have his wife, Barbara, too. We saw James Warren and his colleague, and Durward Matheny from the Wake Forest Birthplace sat with us. It was also good to see Bob White formerly from Wake Forest Federal Savings & Loan as we were leaving. He was my contact person there for advertising for many years, and we always had a good time talking about Wake Forest while working on an ad for the next week.

It was a delicious lunch, and an enjoyable time to connect with friends.

Bob Allen, publisher emeritus of The Wake Weekly, invites comments at