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Alvado Campbell spent the afternoon in the puzzle room at the Armed Forces Retirement Home.

He spends a lot of afternoons there. Evenings, too.

“Puzzles are a habit of mine,” he says.

Campbell, is a 78-year old Korean War vet. He’s a DC native, and moved from over by RFK Stadium in Southeast to AFRH a year ago.

Campbell’s daily routine ends with him working on puzzles till his 10:30 bedtime.

He’s now working on a 1000-piece farm scene that will take “7 to 10 days” to complete. He started putting the pieces together last night, after watching Fred Astaire in “Daddy Long Legs” in the Retirement Home’s theater.

“That was a good movie,” he says. “Then I came here.”

Campbell says that he’s amazed how many activities are available to residents. He would have gone to the golf course on the complex today, he says, but was worried that yesterday’s rains would mean no carts could be used.

So he did puzzles instead.

As he heads off to the Retirement Home cafeteria for Thursday’s dinner, hoping salmon cakes are on the menu, Campbell tells me he’ll return to the puzzle room later tonight.

Again, that’s his routine.