No puzzles here. I don’t do wordle or crossword or picture puzzles or any of those brain teasers old people are supposed to do to keep their mind active.
My version of brain activity is figuring out which cat is barfing where, also known as “don’t step on the hairball.” Or the current location of the beloved husband also known as “where the heck did he go now?”. I threaten to put a GPS on him so I can track him.
I also do recall games (I call them the litanies) like trying to recall six barista names from my local Starbucks (quite the challenge as the players change regularly and the names are…ummm…unusual) or the names of the dogs in my neighborhood. This gets tricky because people use obscure names for their kids and pets. You can’t yell out “Jim” or “Bob” and assume there is one. You would have better luck with Brayden or Jared or Toby (this is a popular dog name right now).
Another popular mind game for me is calculate the sale price. You see a percentage off sign and calculate the cost in your head. This is a lost art. Most people resort to their phone for the math. Not me. If it’s a shoe sale, I can do it in a nanosecond (years of experience at work here!).
As for games, I’ve always been a social player. I do it to chat with friends, not to win (although I can get competitive). I’ve had my third Mahjongg session. It’s fun and work. I’m calling it a brain exercise.
Blogging keeps my mind active too. Working to sanitize my essays so no feelings are hurt is a challenge. I need an anonymous blog for the good stuff. Wrestling with spellcheck and grammar check is a workout as taxing as a gym workout.
I don’t really know if any of this stuff matters. It seems like some people keep their act together and some people get wonky when they age all without rhyme or reason. It’s different strokes for different folks. How do you keep your brain active?