Mood slightly depressed after an overnight business trip down to Dunedin. No idea why. Flight down and back was uneventful, except for the guy sitting next to me on the way down there. He asked me what I was going to do in Dunedin and we starting talking. Later, he pulled out a book about building churches and I queried his interest in religion. Big mistake. He launched into a monologue about what was wrong with Catholicism and religions in general.
While in Dunedin, managed to squeeze in some “me” time and went on a chocolate factory tour. For someone who doesn’t much care for chocolates, spending $15 on the tour was a bit insane on my part.
While in Dunedin, I also discovered Sudoku. I was browsing in a bookstore and picked up a little $4.99 Sudoku book and I’ve been hooked on it ever since. Just like with packets of cigarettes, it had a similar warning on it: “Warning: Sudoku is highly addictive”. I no longer scoff at the idea of how a puzzle can possibly be addictive. I’m now an official addict.
On the flight back, I sat next to an extremely cute guy. “Cute” as in very pretty. You can rarely describe a guy as “pretty”, but let me tell you, this guy was PRETTY. Not in a gay kind of way either. As we were landing, he finally turned to me and asked me how Sudoku worked (I was working on it all throughout the flight). I briefly explained it to him, and he seemed impressed by the complexity of it. Actually, Sudoku is completely non mathematical – which is why I can do it. It’s a great pretense, really, because for people not in the “know” – it can look like you have to be pretty intelligent to do something like that when in fact it’s all just logic and a process of elimination.
I went back to group today. It was hard, considering how close I had come to quitting. As someone put it quite succinctly in group today “I always come back because something bigger than me recognises that it is good for me to be here.” One of the leaders spoke briefly to me before group started. She wanted to make sure I was ok, and asked if there was anything that could be done to make it easier for me. Actually, group wasn’t too bad today. Two people – the two people who talk most about themselves were not there today. And that made it a whole lot easier. But as I told the group leader, I just haven’t made up my mind to quit – yet.