Jennifer Levitz's superb Wall Street Journal story about needle-totin' American truckers burned up the stitching blogs this week. Women all over the world love these men who stitch while waiting on freight (like a 45,000 pounds of SPAM).
Guys, want to be a babe magnet? Start quilting, knitting and sewing. Women find this irresistible.
Aspiring constructors, take note: The men profiled in this Page One story would make excellent crossword puzzle constructors. They share three important characteristics with the very best puzzlemakers:
1. A curiosity about traditions outside of their own sphere (in this case, quilting/sewing/knitting); showing an interest in the tools of the trade. Showing tolerance towards other cultures.
2. An openness to learning new languages and terms of art; (here, the specialized language of stitching).
3. They ignore close-minded critics (every field has them). They have a deep passion for their art, learn from the experts in the field and keep on truckin'.
Honk if you're hauling an ETUI!
Big Ten-four. Over and out.