- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Minding my own business on the Metro recently, I couldn’t help but notice a young, professional couple sitting together. Reading the Financial Times. They each had their own copy.

Which would probably be quite disturbing, except for the fact that I was too busy noticing how many people around me were doing crossword puzzles. Have you noticed this? It seems like every other person riding the Metro or lunching at Union Station is straining their brain to fill in meaningless letters and connect archaic words.

I must say, it seems rather pointless. Back in the real world, nobody does crossword puzzles. And yet so many Washingtonians can’t get enough of them. I can’t remember the last time I did a crossword puzzle. What’s the big deal? It’s an empty mental exercise. You aren’t any smarter after you do one. Hurray, you connected “bubble” with “trouble”! Somebody please explain this to me.

Maybe I’m missing out. Maybe crossword puzzles are the key to success. But I’ll stick to my iPod. Much more fulfilling entertainment.

Nathan Bomey is a 2006 graduate of Eastern Michigan University.

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