I was a bit of a weird kid. Not overly strange in any obvious ways, but looking back, I realize how odd some of my obsessions were. The thing is, a lot of the weirdness went on in my head, so no one really knew it.
A few examples: I had a little cough/sniff/clear-my-throat routine for awhile. That one was noticed by my family and they still give me grief about it! I felt like I physically couldn't do one of those actions without following it up with the other two. I obsessively twisted my hair around my fingers...and I had to do it an equal amount of times around each finger. Every time. I counted my steps everywhere I went, and always had to start climbing stairs with my left foot. (Okay, this one I still do...some of the tendencies didn't leave me!)
Anyway...like I said, I was a little strange at times. You may pick up that those examples involve similar themes of pattern and order. Despite sometimes living amid chaos, I do have a thing for order.
There is a certain video game that has been around for a LONG time that played right into my obsession with patterns... I know you played it too... just admit it...
I LOVED me some Tetris! I played it on the original Nintendo, then on the computer, for hours and hours. I just love the way those pieces fit so neatly together when you found the right combination. It fed right into my love of patterns.
I might have played Tetris a little too much at times. I can remember closing my eyes to go to sleep and seeing the blocks falling against the darkness. I even dreamed about Tetris pieces a few times...can't believe I just admitted that on the Internet! (Oh, wow... In looking for pictures of the game, I found out there is an actual term for this kind of thing. It's called the Tetris Effect. Who knew?? Maybe I'm not as abnormal as I thought!)
It's been a long time since I have played a good, old-fashioned game of Tetris. They came out with a new version for Super Nintendo and other gaming systems, but I like the classic version, without all the fancy new graphics and changing rules.
Well, friends, it was a happy day last week when I was browsing the Wii games and came across this:
I couldn't resist...the obsession begins anew! Although when I played for the first time last night, I realized my eyesight is not quite what it used to be... I guess that's a good way of limiting my playing time. I can't wait to wow Jeremy with my Tetris skills this weekend. : ) Wonder how long it will take before those geometical shapes start showing up in my dreams?