I’ve reached the end of my Rubik’s Cuber in Training programme and, despite coming close to throwing it out of the window several times, have become quite attached to this colourful piece of plastic. I’ve practised anywhere and everywhere I can; during family mealtimes, while allegedly watching TV, during lunch breaks at work and on the train to and from it. I’ve surprised myself by not only solving it at all, but also by the speed that I’ve picked up in a relatively small amount of time. Being provided with a guide and a Skype call with former world record holder, Daniel Sheppard have definitely helped with that side of things!
It’s inspired some interesting conversations too; it’s amazing how a shared sense of nostalgia can dissolve social boundaries that have become the norm – particularly on the train where nobody normally dares make eye contact. I had a nice chat with a Hungarian lady the other morning who was pleased to see that the iconic toy – which is originally from her country – was making a comeback to the mainstream. I also found myself talking to Daniel about the merits of using household products to ease movement. Bad idea, by the way; get some proper stuff if you’re wondering. I don’t know what it’s called, but if the marketing people haven’t named it ‘Cube Lube’, they’re missing a trick. I digress…
So the third and final challenge was to solve the cube as quickly as possible in competition with the other bloggers involved in the programme and capture it on video to prove we weren’t telling porkies. After several attempts, the battery in my phone dying during a particularly good run and plenty of wine to keep me in a zen-like state, I managed a time that I was pleased with and that I hadn’t come anywhere near before. I’ve totally spoilt it with the picture above, but here’s the proof that I’m required to share.
So that’s that. It’s been a fun challenge to take part in, so big thanks to the organisers for inviting me to join in. I now have to hand the cube over to Dylan who has been patiently waiting for me to let him have a go and prepare to weep when he beats my time.
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