May. 3rd, 2014

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Today I had to go without my glasses for about an hour.

One hinge is loose. I'd crazy-glued it together before, but it had worked loose again and needed to be re-glued.

Looking for something to do while I waited for the glue to dry, I decided to separate and sort the gamepieces from our local grocery store's Monopoly game. USian friends will recognize the game: it's similar to the one MacDonalds restaurant offers each year. Customers collect tokens for making purchases. Assemble all the tokens for a prize and you win.

This was not easy to do without my glasses. There are twenty-six prizes available, and I had a LOT of tokens to sort. I'm sure I was a funny sight, bringing those tiny slips of paper up to my face to read the codes.

I'd started with a grid of five piles x five piles, plus one more pile for letter Z. But I kept having to count to remember which pile the G or M tokens belonged in, since I couldn't read the tokens already in those piles without bringing my face down almost flat against the table.

It occurred to me that it would be easier to remember which pile was which if I arranged them according to the alphabet song.
A-B-C-D-E-F-G
H-I-J-K
L-M-N-O-P
Q-R-S-T-U-V
W-X-Y and Z

Worked like a charm. And by the time I was done sorting and token-checking (alas, we have not yet won a million dollars, nor even $25 worth of groceries) the glue on my glasses was dry.

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