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1,000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle Completed In Just One Month!
Steve Celebrates With Friends; His Self-Esteem Gets Boosted As Well - January 6, 2006
BUENA VISTA, COLO. -- The jigsaw puzzle is finally done!
Steve "ColoradoGuy" Garufi completed a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle
last night that he began from scratch just one month ago. The so-called "Internet
personality" sacrificed surfing the Internet many evenings
(and it's not like he has a girlfriend or much of a social life anyway)
to work on the Big Ben 1,000 piece puzzle that had a scenic picture of a church with mountains in Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany.
"Doing the church was the easy part, the sky and the
mountains came next, but the green parts and the trees took the longest to work on." explained Steve.
Once the news spread of Steve's accomplishment, a flurry of festive celebrations came his way.
"That looks like one difficult puzzle. Good job, Steve!" said Dale Smith
(left picture) a well-known "pillar in the community" in Buena Vista, who shook Steve's hand as a way to congratulate him.
Not everyone is impressed with the puzzle accomplishment, as it was later revealed that
the suggested age group read "12 and above" on the puzzle box.
"(A 1,000 piece puzzle) is no big deal. I bet you a child could have done it faster."
wrote Michael Bonilla in Durango, Colorado. "Do one of those 3-D puzzles
of a World War II submarine and that would be worthy of a news story."
A Boast In His Self-Esteem
Steve's completing of the jigsaw puzzle is reportedly boasting his self-esteem,
which is helping him feel more confident in social situations and "getting out of the house" more.
"When all of my problems are looming in my mind, I think about how I completed
that jigsaw puzzle and I have such a peace that overcomes me." explained Steve,
with Mt. Harvard (altitude 14,420 feet; right photo) behind him. "I even got the confidence to talk to a girl at a cafe.
I don't think she was interested, but I told her about the puzzle anyway."
Steve plans to buy another puzzle real soon and has even toyed with
working on a larger jigsaw puzzle with 2,000 or 2,500 pieces.
"I know I can do it now. I'm not afraid of failure anymore." he added.
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