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1,000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle Completed In Just One Month

Steve Celebrates With Friends; His Self-Esteem Gets Boosted - January 6, 2006

Jigsaw Puzzle BUENA VISTA, COLO. -- The jigsaw puzzle is finally done! Last night Steve "Colorado Guy" Garufi completed a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle that he began from scratch only one month ago. The creator of this website made many sacrifices including giving up television to complete the Big Ben one-thousand piece puzzle with a scene 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, the festive celebration with Steve's friends began.

"That looks like one difficult puzzle. Good job!" said Dale Smith (left picture) a "pillar in the community" of Buena Vista, who was photographed shaking Steve's hand.

Dale Smith and Steve Garufi 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 completion of the jigsaw puzzle has reportedly lifted his self-esteem. For instance, he reported that he feels more confident in social situations and has been "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 a peace that overcomes me," explained Steve.

Steve plans to buy another puzzle real soon and has even considered 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," added Steve.

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