Columnist Wendy Victora writes: “I’m not a numbers person. You don’t want to know how long it’s been since I balanced my checkbook.”
I have dabbled in crossword puzzles, word search puzzles, jumbles and various brain teasers, most of which left me defeated.
I like a good puzzle in the same way that I like a good game on my phone. Candy Crush was a longtime favorite. ToonBlasters obsessed me for a while. I’m decent at Wordscapes and have played a half-dozen others obsessively over the years.
But I have never played Sudoku in any form.
I’m not a numbers person. You don’t want to know how long it’s been since I balanced my checkbook. I can make change easily and quickly, unlike 90 percent of the people who handle my money at local businesses. Beyond that, I’m kind of a math dolt.
But I’m at a turning point in my life. My nest is almost empty. I need to figure out what I want to do when I grow up — the age-old question that we never really seem to answer.
I’ve been through several phases. There was my social work phase right after college. My brief dabbling with writing that wasn’t for a newspaper. My years as a reporter. My years as an editor.
I’ve been a bartender, a waitress, a hotel maid. I’ve been a full-time mom, briefly, and a part-time mom for the better part of 20 years. I am a lifeguard.
I was a runner until my knees informed me otherwise.
But I have never, ever played Sudoku. I pick up those books in the checkout line and flip through them. They might as well be in another language for all the sense they make to me.
Friday, I spoke at length with a lovely woman from Shalimar who was very angry with us for messing up her Sudoku puzzle. After she was done telling me how poorly we had done our job of providing her with said puzzle, we started chatting.
And someday, when I decide to move into my next life phase, I may ask her to teach me how to do Sudoku. What she teaches me may not stick. While I remember words I read years ago, numbers just sort of enter my brain, rattle around for a while and then fall out.
I’m kind of excited to try something new. Even if it’s a fail.
You need to spend some part of every day working hard at something that isn’t work.
Plus, after years of hearing from loyal Sudoku readers, I’ll finally know what they’re talking about. That will be satisfying all by itself.
Daily News Managing Editor Wendy Victora can be reached at 315-4478 or firstname.lastname@example.org