Game review: the return of Fire Pro Wrestling

The North American release of Fire Pro Wrestling Returns was on November 13. That’s a little over two years after the Japanese release. Having spent a full two weeks with the game in my possession, I think I can give an unbiased review. I’ve been a long-time fan of this series, but can still acknowledge its flaws. How does Fire pro Wrestling Returns compare to the most popular competition? Where to start …

There are no drastic changes to the main game of Fire Pro. It’s the same solid grip system that fans have long become accustomed to. Those who are new to Fire Pro will need to spend some time getting used to the weather. The fighting system punishes the button crushers. I would advise newbies to set the COM difficulty to 1 and progress to a more difficult level. This is one of those games where appreciation is only gained after learning the ins and outs.

The hallmarks of the series are tight gameplay and a great roster. FPR has a total of 327 real-life competitors. To avoid copyright issues, they have all been given a name change. Vader is called “Saber”, Kenta Kobashi is “Keiji Togashi”, and so on. Feel free to change everyone’s name accordingly. You also have the option to change the appeal of the default characters. You don’t have to sacrifice one of your 500 edit slots (CAW) when your favorite fighter switches tricks.

FPR’s star roster includes fighters, boxers, and mixed martial artists from around the world. Puroresu legends such as Giant Baba, Satoru Sayama (original Tiger Mask), and Jushin “Thunder” Lyger can be selected. As always, the default roster is dominated by Puro fighters. Some of the wrestlers best known to American / UFC wrestling fans include Bret Hart, Sting, Andre the Giant, Petey Williams, Mirco Cro Cop, and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

A new addition to the series is a “corner to center” attack. When your opponent is knocked down in the middle of the ring, you can crouch in the corner to prepare a spear, a super kick, or some other maneuvers. This adds a bit more drama and precision to games that feature characters who configure these attacks in a certain way. Because of this new feature, you can create an accurate Shawn Michaels or Bill Goldberg if you want.

Finally a traditional steel cage combat has been added. Players can use weapons like barbed wire bats or the cage itself to inflict pain on others. Other types of combat include S-1 (boxing, punches only), Gruesome (a 12-sided UFC-inspired cage), and the electrified barbed wire blast deathmatch. While having Hell in a Cell, the Japanese fighters throw each other on electrified boards covered in barbed wire that shred skin. It’s different, but fun nonetheless.

Buzz-worthy features include Reference Edition, Belt Edition, and Ring / Logo Edition. There is a GM mode called “Match Maker”, but it is very limited. All you do is set up matches between fighters and get rated by the crowd reaction percentage of the match. There are strange special events that happen during matchmaking that do very little to expand beyond its limitations. For some inconceivable reason, created fighters cannot be used in Match Maker.

The presentation is nothing special. Menus are useful, but accessing some functions can be a chore at times. The 2D FPR graphics remind me of arcade games like Wrestlefest. The character sprites are not high resolution, but they are large and detailed. Spike could have easily recycled the graphics from Fire Pro Wrestling Z. Instead, they created new sprites and revived some pre-existing moves. Some animations look a bit robotic, but they are quite fluid.

Sad to say that Spike once again mapped the pick up weapons button to the run button. Want to get a fluorescent tube out of the corner while playing a game of exploding barbed wire? Make sure you are close enough to these tubes. Otherwise, you’ll trip over the barbed wire ropes and end up looking like a complete fool. It doesn’t ruin the game or anything, but such carelessness of the R2 button has me flabbergasted. Overall, that’s one of my biggest complaints with FPR.

I do not give numerical scores or ratings in my reviews. If I was the type to do that, Fire Pro Wrestling Returns would probably get a 91. It’s the best in the series, but like any other game, it’s flawed. Even so-called classic games that get perfect scores from other reviewers have some glitches or glitches. I recommend this game to anyone who is interested in professional wrestling or the UFC. You don’t have to like Puro to like FPR, the unique gameplay and customization options are more than enough to pique interest.

Travel into deep space sitting in front of your computer

For many generations, various human cultures have had great knowledge about star constellations. However, these days, most so-called modernized humans can’t say much about what’s around us in the infinite Universe. The funny thing is, technically we now know more than ever about what’s in there, we even have photos. With the Hubble Telescope, we now have access to the most incredible images imaginable: galaxies, nebulae, and millions of stars up close. You don’t need to buy a book or a DVD to see these things, just sit in front of your computer and let the internet take you on a galactic journey.

Many of the images can be accessed for free simply by finding the correct sites. In [] you can see a sequence of beautiful images that are literally out of this world. The beauty of the photos, the fact that they are moving, and the musical accompaniment make the whole trip quite ethereal. The other big thing is the information scientists have discovered, mind-boggling ideas like the fact that some stars are 60 times brighter than our own sun, or the idea that there are thousands of stars in a tiny spot in the sky. The concept that galaxies are 150 million light years away: do you know how fast light travels?

For the average human who spends his existence in one place working hard every day to make ends meet, life can become somewhat monotonous and isolated. You forget that there is a whole world out there. However, the Universe could be a random thought that only appears once a month or even a year. The stars seem so disconnected from our everyday reality, but the fact is that we are part of a much bigger picture, the biggest picture of all, infinite space. Maybe if we focused a little more ‘outside the box’ of our family routines, we could capture the magic and perfection that surrounds us all the time, the real neighborhood we belong to.

These are some more sites that I discovered that give us more information or ‘perspective’ of what is going on around us. Once again I find that the Internet has become a means of discovering knowledge about life. Without leaving the office or my home, I can travel to the most beautiful places, real places, we are not talking about Star Trek, people! I have seen many magical things in my life so far: snow capped mountains, rainbows over waterfalls, sunsets on tropical beaches. I have seen art, listened to music, seen movies; I have lived a very lucky life indeed. But, seeing these images and learning about the incredible worlds outside of ours … on a home computer … has taken me to a new level of understanding, a new level of reverence for who we are a part of. The only way to closely describe these galaxies, stars, and giant gas clouds is to gently and humbly pronounce the word “magic.” You will never see actual paintings like this, beauty that stretches for millions of miles.

My computer screen has turned into a mirror portal.

I don’t like to write, but I sure can tweet! – How to turn your Twitter posts into articles

I have always been characterized by my ideas and the way I express them are part of my personality, but it is not always easy to put them on paper. Perhaps this has happened to you many times when you have so many ideas repressed in your head and an immense desire to let them out because you know that if you ever put that story in writing it would be great. Tell me if you ever had so many feelings and emotions waiting to come out of your chest but you don’t know how to organize them and turn words into letters. Well, I have good news for you; you are a writer and you write all the time.

Yes, you read that right, regardless of how you see yourself in terms of writing, if you have Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, if you chat online, if you use text messages on your cell phone, if you have a blog or a website . write and you do it all the time. Well, it may not be a fancy article or a best-selling novel, but it is the first and very important step in the writing process. You may not consider that actual writing but you are constantly expressing yourself, updating your status and letting others know how your life is going on social media without the fear of whether it is written correctly or not is called brainstorming. Brainstorming is the first step in the process of writing anything, when you start to write down a bunch of ideas that may not make sense or have the correct syntax, but who cares if you just leave things out of your mind.

The problem with the whole concept of writing something is that the majority of the public believes that it is complicated, difficult and has to be perfect and sophisticated, well it is not! If you’re like me, you’ve probably had trouble at first staring at a blank sheet of paper or your computer screen for half an hour without thinking of something to write on. This is normal for even the most seasoned writers, and the best way to break free from writer’s block is to brainstorm. It is like an oil for your thoughts, you will see that after you start writing your ideas as they arise in your head everything else will start to flow from there and I assure you that you will find something worth writing about.

They say that the first step is the most difficult and writing is no exception; Have you ever warmed up before doing heavy exercise? Think of it as warming up your brain and organizing your ideas before you really understand what you are going to write in its entirety. Perhaps the reason why many people find writing an article on a particular topic tedious is because they have not thought or grasped the whole idea or topic they want to communicate. However, time consuming writing, pondering and thinking about the best way to express your unique perspective in a fresh and original way could be one of the reasons why many people feel discouraged from writing content rich articles due to the struggle to take that first. He passed.

If you want to develop as a writer, I advise you to take a closer look at your posts on social media and take them as possible ideas. When you do, you’ll find something interesting to write about, whether it’s in your posts or someone else’s on your network. Then turn those ideas into rich content articles by organizing those ideas and focusing on the message you want to communicate.

Who owns a Facebook group or forum?

As more and more engagement occurs online and even “older folks” are joining Facebook in droves; the biggest current growth in the giant of social networks corresponds to the groups of more than 55 years; we find more and more participation. Which, after all, is the goal of these portals. Let’s be honest, compromise is better than the old “I had a lovely dinner” Post.

I’ll start with Facebook groups, and I’m not mentioning companies that disguise the group as a marketing angle for their business because they can add as many people as they want (that’s a completely different discussion), I’m talking about legitimate groups. , created by people who are generally targeting a community, sports, or hobbies and followed by like-minded people. I set up a bunch of Facebook Groups myself and continue to manage them. BUT, I never “censor” or delete any content. It is not my place. It is also not a place of administration. Facebook is the owner of the space, not the administrator.

I hear complaints from the odd troll in these groups, well the same goes for business pages from time to time, and most of you know my take on removing posts from business page (in short , Never!), But delete posts in a group. it’s just rude. The admin doesn’t reserve the right to play internet police, that’s Facebook’s job. The Facebook group, by nature, is an OPEN forum for people to discuss and participate in whatever they choose. Well now I can hear some admins of these groups get mad, well guys, if the group is not the place for your content, you will soon be leaving as your activity will accomplish nothing. So if someone in a community group wants to try and sell an old bookshelf, well that’s what it’s there for. It may not have been his intention at first, but that he called progress. If you, as an administrator, want to control the space, pay for it or own it; Facebook is not that space, you are not paying a penny, you have no control. It’s from Facebook.

If you want a controlled environment, free of people advertising your bookshelves and vintage cars, start a forum on your website. Easy, you can control it as much as you want, after all, it’s yours. You manage the site, set the terms and conditions of the people who participate in it, and pay to be there. So you have the right to do whatever you want with that online space. After all, it is your site and users can decide whether they want to be a part of it or not. Simple.

But just to reintegrate, the Facebook space is not owned by the user, nor is the content, so in short, do not censor Facebook posts, it is meant to be social media, not private media. And yes, some people abuse it to a great extent, but folks, that’s life. We have that in the offline world, so why not in the online world?

Simply put, if you don’t own it, you can’t control it.

And remember “sticks and stones”

How To Attract Hot Women Like Magic – The "Spell out" What alpha males use to trigger attraction!

Guys, if you want to attract hot women like magic, then I want you to know what that magical “spell” is that you need to have. The truth is that it is not magic, but it can seem like it. Alpha males know that using this technique can change the game and make females a lot easier. Do you want to know what “spell” is used by alpha males?

First, I want you to know that you can start to have a much better chance of bringing attractive women home with you. I was in your shoes and I came out of it. I studied what the best alpha males were doing to unleash that deep attraction in women. They give away the information, but it seems like a lot of guys don’t even bother to do anything about it. Don’t be that boy! He decided that you will become the alpha male who naturally attracts women!

So what did these alpha males do differently from the rest of the suckers? They changed their attitude. That’s the magic “spell” they used. You see, alpha males know that flirting with hot girls is nothing more than a numbers game. Once they had that attitude firmly in place, they stopped fearing rejection. And what was the result of that? The women got very excited!

You must understand that women want what they cannot have. By having this alpha male attitude, you present a challenge and women love it. So are you ready to adopt that alpha male attitude so you can start attracting women like magic?

The XBox 360, not just for video games

On November 22, 2005, Microsoft released the long-awaited XBox 360, the next generation of its popular XBox game console. However, the XBox 360 goes further than any gaming system users are currently used to. The XBox 360 is more like a fully functional broadband connected entertainment device that appeals to gamers but is equipped to entertain the whole family.

Although smaller than the original XBox (the 360 ​​weighs just 7.7 pounds), this version packs a lot of nifty features in a small package. If you also own an HDTV, you will really appreciate the advanced graphics features and the support for the windscreen aspect ratio (16: 9). Of course, the console will work on regular TVs too, but the depth of the graphics will be particularly striking on more advanced TVs. The XBOx 360 features an ATI graphics processor and 10MB of built-in DRAM. This setting allows the XBox 360 to draw up to 500 million triangles per second for the ultimate in realistic graphics.

The XBox 360 drive also has a 12x double layer DVD Rom drive that has the dual purpose of playing ordinary XBox and DVD games. There is also additional support for surround sound audio for the best home theater experience and realistic gaming.

For storing games and other storage media, you can optionally purchase a 20GB external hard drive that also serves to make the XBox 360 backward compatible with the original XBox games.

The XBox 360 goes well beyond the gaming and video gamut with its built-in Ethernet port that allows users to connect via its broadband connection to XBox live (available in various flavors). XBox live will allow you to play live over the Internet, use voice and even video chat and, of course, buy additional items for your XBOx. In addition to ethernet connectivity, you can optionally purchase wireless adapters that comply with the 802.11 wireless standard protocol for integration into your existing wireless network. For other data transfer tasks, such as uploading your digital photos, digital home movies, and music, you can use the built-in USB 2.0 port. With all these features, it is very easy to transmit all your digital files.

As you can see, the XBox 360 offers something for everyone. Kids can enjoy the futuristic gaming capabilities (check the game ratings to see if they are age appropriate), and mom and dad can enjoy the file sharing, music and video streaming, and home theater functions. .

All children are different!

If you look at the families you know, the children are likely all different, with different looks and natures than their brothers and sisters. Very often you will notice a pattern according to their position in the family. The firstborn may be more considerate and reserved, the middle child may be quite different, while the youngest may be outgoing, fearless and adventurous.

At one point, my husband decided that he would run an equestrian center and a pony riding center. The foster children had returned to their mother, who had later remarried, so we only had 3 children again. The children thrived on the fresh air and freedom, but my 4-year-old daughter was unafraid and if someone sat her on any of the horses or ponies she would happily ride through the countryside. Thelwell style.

On another occasion, unbeaten by the older boys, she climbed onto the scaffolding of the adjacent apartment block, swinging to the next railing, and went up and up, but could not get down because her legs did not reach the steps; she had to be rescued quickly by my husband. She would climb anywhere and everywhere completely without fear. While my oldest daughter was much more afraid of horses and my son did not approach them and was much happier on his bike. This illustrates how different children can be.

Different dynamics within the family group can also affect the characteristics of your children. For example, you may be strict with your first child as you adjust to parenthood, while later you may be more relaxed. The presence of other children or whether you have more or less time to spend with them can also make a difference. Also, of course, everyone has their own traits and there is the age-old question of nature or nurture. Your main job as a parent is to develop a child’s own strengths and guide them to be the best they can be; and to become happy, healthy adults responsible for their own actions.

It would be a boring world if we were all the same, imagine if we all thought the same and acted in the same way. We would all be looking for the same jobs. You will soon learn to understand your little ones and how they will react. Accept their differences and enjoy their different characters, help them develop in their own way and become members of a diverse society.

Why is the law an ass?

Do you know that there is a saying called “the law is an ass”? It is derived from an English proverb that compares the stubbornness and stupidity of the law with the supposed innate nature of a donkey. It was popularized by Charles Dickens in his novel “Oliver Twist” where Mr. Bumble is told in court regarding his dominant wife that “… the law presumes that his wife acts under his direction,” he replies:

“If the law assumes that,” said Mr. Bumble, emphatically clutching his hat with both hands, “the law is an ass, an idiot.”

In my opinion, the law turns an ass because judges, lawyers and the legal profession do not follow the spirit of the law. They only care about the letter of the law.

Our politicians are very good at making new laws all the time because it gives them the appearance of acting positively and trying to solve a problem. In doing so, they do not allow for the fact that when lawyers and judges apply the law, only the letter of the law is followed and never the spirit. It leads to contradiction in many cases where all ethical and moral considerations are lost. Thus the law becomes an ass.

We see this at work in all bureaucratic institutions everywhere and at all levels of government. It means that those who work in that situation cannot use their common sense or reason with their brain. These people are being conditioned to think in a particular way and trained to abide by the letter of the law. Do you realize that when you are working under these conditions, unless you are aware of it, you inadvertently become a zombie?

In the recent case of Isreal Folau and Rugby Australia, a moral and ethical dilemma has arisen as both parties have demanded its correction in accordance with the letter of the law.

Israel Folau claims that Rugby Australia has discriminated against and unfairly fired him because of his religious beliefs.

Since Rugby Australia is a bureaucratic organization that can only think in terms of the letter of the law, they had to find Folau in breach of contract to fire him. There was no other option because they followed the letter of the law.

To implement the law, Rugby Australia did what most bureaucratic organizations do, display its authority and use intimidation tactics. They warned Folau and threatened to fire him so he could give in to their demands. Under those circumstances, how would you feel if you were in the Folau position? Won’t you dig in your heels?

Thus we have an example where the letter of the law is applied, without any ethical and moral consideration to an individual who had not committed any crime, to make him submit to their demands.

Recently, in the Brisbane Courier-Mail of May 7, 2019, a report was published entitled “Music legend felt ‘raped'”. Diana Ross “was on the verge of tears when a security officer patted her between the legs during an airport search.” “They treated me like shit.” “It makes me want to cry.” “It is not what was done, but how,” he insisted. “However, a TSA spokesperson said that CCTV footage appeared to show that the officers involved ‘correctly’ followed all protocols.”

Here again, it was an example of how bureaucratic handling of a situation can result in traumatizing an individual. And, of course, the bureaucracy is always free because it always acts within the letter of the law. Under the protection of the law, an average person, unconsciously or consciously, tends to feel more powerful and superior; therefore, there is the potential for authority to be abused.

Therefore, when we apply a law without the spirit behind its formulation, it becomes a heart without a soul. I hope this case between Folau and Rugby Australia will not be resolved out of court. I want the wise judges in our courts to show us all that the law is not nonsense.

The Evolution of Computed Tomography Detectors

CT scanners are designed to obtain images of structures inside the body. They provide detailed anatomical information using the principle that the different types of scanned tissue structures are shown in the image as different shades of gray. Intravenous or oral contrast agents can be used to further improve the differentiation between tissues.

The basic components of a CT scanner are an X-ray tube and a detector banana arc or a flat panel, mounted on a gantry with a circular aperture. Along the long axis of the patient (Z) there are many rows of these detector arches, giving rise to the term multislice CT.

Multidetector CT is also a term in common use. The extent of patient coverage by the detector rows currently ranges from 12mm to 160mm in length, depending on the CT scanner model.

CT scanner technology has advanced rapidly in recent years, moving to more efficient and stable detectors, more refined engineering and data acquisition and electronics systems, and faster computers.

These developments in CT scanners have largely been directed at faster scanning of additional lengths of the patient, using finer cuts. As a result, CT scanners have evolved from a slice-by-slice imaging system to a truly volumetric imaging modality, where images can be reconstructed in any plane without loss of image quality. This has led to increased use of multiplanar and 3D display modes in diagnostics.

However, it is also important to recognize that the performance of CT scanners in practice depends on a balance between image quality and radiation dose. As a result, each system must also be evaluated in terms of clinical performance, with close observation of the radiation dose used.

Generally, multi-slice scanners cover the patient volume between 20 and 40 mm in length per rotation. The latest diagnostic multi-slice CT scanners can image patient volumes up to 160mm per rotation.

The length of the detector array in CT scanners determines the number of rotations required to cover the full length of the scan, and consequently the total scan time. The ability to scan a specified length with fewer rotations also helps minimize head load on the X-ray tube, allowing longer lengths to be scanned.

Detector assemblies in CT scanners are divided into two types: fixed and variable. Fixed matrices have detectors of the same z-axis dimension throughout the matrix, while variable matrices; the central part contained finer detectors. With variable matrices, the total scan time for a given length for the acquisition of finer cuts is longer, because the coverage of the z-axis is reduced.

All CT scanners with acquisition of more than 64 slices have a fixed matrix.

Complete coverage of an organ offers advantages for both dynamic perfusion and cardiac studies. The z-axis detector array lengths in today’s 64-slice scanners, up to 40mm, are adequate to cover these organs in just a few rotations. A coverage length of 160mm generally allows complete coverage of the organ in a single rotation, so the function of the entire organ can be monitored over time.

The evolution of CT scanner designs reflects different strategies to accommodate future developments and take production costs into account. There is also a small dose saving when using larger detector elements in lower cut category scanners.

Spatial resolution is the ability of CT scanners to image an object without blurring. It is often described as the sharpness of an image. It can be cited as the smallest distinguishable object size and as such is evaluated using high contrast test objects where the signal-to-noise level is high and does not influence perception.

Modern CT scanners must be able to achieve isotropic resolution – a z-axis resolution that is equal to or close to the scan plane resolution, as this is essential for good quality, multiplanar, 3D reconstructions.

It is useful to remember that the cost of high spatial resolution of CT scanners is in high image noise or high radiation dose to the patient when tube current is increased to reduce image noise.

Contrast resolution of CT scanners is the ability to resolve an object in its environment, when the CT numbers are similar. It is sometimes called low contrast detectability. The ability to detect an object depends on its contrast, the image noise level, and its size. Contrast resolution is generally specified as the minimum size of the object for a given contrast difference, which can be resolved for a specific scan set.

The temporal resolution of CT scanners is defined as the time required to acquire a segment of data for image reconstruction.

In CT scans, temporal resolution is generally considered in the context of the cardiac examination. The goal of cardiac CT is to minimize image artifacts due to movement of the heart. This can be accomplished using ECG triggering techniques and images of the heart during the period of least motion in the cardiac cycle, resulting in very short time resolution requirements, compared to the cardiac cycle.

There is an optimal combination of tone, gantry rotation time, and number of segments for each given heart rate.

CT scanner detectors capture the radiation beam from the patient and convert it into electrical signals, which are then converted into binary-encoded information for transmission to a computer system for further processing.

CT scan detectors must be able to respond with extreme speed to one signal, without delay, quickly discard the signal and prepare for the next. They must also respond consistently and be small in size. CT scanner detectors must have high capture efficiency, high absorption efficiency, and high conversion efficiency. These three parameters are called the detector dose efficiency.

Capture efficiency is how well the detectors receive photons from the patient. It is mainly controlled by the size of the detector and the distance between detectors.

The absorption efficiency is how well the detectors convert the incoming X-ray photons. It is primarily determined by the materials used, as well as the size and thickness of the detector.

Conversion efficiency is determined by how well the detector converts the information from the absorbed photon into a digital signal for the computer.

In newer CT scanners, the entire detector assembly consists of detector arrays, each group known as a detector module, which is connected to a motherboard unit of the detection system.

Flat panel detectors have been developed for use in radiography and fluoroscopy, with the definite goal of replacing standard X-ray film, film screen systems, and image intensifiers with an advanced solid-state sensor system. Flat panel detector technology offers high dynamic range, dose reduction, and fast digital conversion, while maintaining a compact design. It seems logical to use the same layout for them as well.

The use of flat panel detectors for CT scanners provides a very efficient form of acoustic and X-ray detection. Flat panel detectors provide high spatial resolution. However, there are also some disadvantages: relatively lower dose efficiency, smaller fields or view, and lower temporal resolution.

Even the smallest hand can hold a diamond

I recently attended a circus wedding. I’m talking about a circus-themed wedding, not an “under the big top” wedding, although there were a lot of fantastic shenanigans and enough antics that one might have a hard time telling the two apart.

Near the entrance of the store there was a table full of circus curiosities presented as tokens for the enjoyment of the guests. One could enthusiastically snatch a Dudley Do-Right sticky mustache or enjoy the taste of a pure spun fudge. Or perhaps the more pragmatic guest (with December just around the corner) could choose one of the red foam noses, making it doubly useful for Christmas. But to me, it seemed like a risky temptation of fate to choose the mustache, as I had recently seen tiny hairs sprout from my upper lip where there were none before. And while easily tempted by sweets, I admit I’m something of a cotton candy snob in believing that consuming it from a prepackaged bucket took all the goodies out of its fluffy purpose and sticky intentions. My lack of pragmatism (but to my credit my awareness of that lack) spared my red foam nose as I could never locate it in its time of need. I would surely reappear one day behind a dresser or under a pile of books during a cleaning spree, probably around Easter, so it would be a moot point at the end of my nose.

I was about to exercise my freedom not to choose, which is out of place for me as I love freebies, when I noticed something magically appear on the third of the three-ring centerpiece. Tiny, realistic human hands, each perched on a straw, were placed in a vase to pose as a tiny bouquet of beige daffodils. There was a devilish beauty about them, and I was instantly amused. Without thinking or hesitation, I freed myself from one of his previous arrangement and chose the finger puppet of a small human hand to accompany me throughout the night.

The little hand and I are not parting soon. In the weeks that followed, I would often roll down my shirt sleeve and place the little hand on my finger to allow the realistic doll-sized version to do my bidding. I shared little nickel bumps with the energetic guys at the store who were carrying my trunk. To alleviate the monotony of bored waiters and waitresses, I slapped my cheek in restaurants as if trying to make a difficult menu choice. I sat in my car at traffic lights and stroked my chin with my tiny hand, offering fellow drivers a view of someone pondering the universe, and told them a fun story to share at the dinner table or between cubicles. of the Office. All these little acts seemed to bring humor in some tiny way. And to think that I participated in that.

I became very fond of the Lilliputian limb and its fleshy rubber fingers, each the size of a matchstick; so much, in fact, that I carried it with me in my bag, like a little phalangeal talisman. Then one day, I saw an opportunity to use my little hand to bond with my teenage son. He and I were together in the car running errands, albeit a bit reluctantly on his part, and from the restless and impatient conversation I could tell that he was gasping for breath from fatigue from the process. Young people today have no resistance in the face of the waves of boredom that incessantly hit the shores of everyday life, so I took quick action and made a hasty decision, the same way I do so many: robust with good intentions and a complete lack of forecast. I did not waste a moment to consider how this action would be perceived. I was becoming a rogue.

I pulled into the driveway of his favorite fast food spot, and he sat up straight with the excited expression of a dog listening to Kibbles drop into a bowl. We placed our order and I opened my bag to retrieve my credit card. There the tiny hand sat, greeting me with a friendly greeting. Even small gestures deserve recognition.

I rolled down my sleeve, placed my fleshy miniature finger puppet-style hand on my index finger, and tucked my credit card between its rubber phalanxes. My son stared at me and, with the teenage economy of words, said simply, “uh-uh, no way.” I interpreted this to mean: do it! I know the language of teenagers. With the hiss of the car window opening, I reached out to the unsuspecting employee who was simultaneously reaching through his window to get my pay. He winced and reflexively withdrew, but after a brief pause, he saw the humor of my little hand, now peeking out from the end of my covered fist, and proceeded to extract my credit card from his tiny grip.

His resulting laugh grew exponentially into what one in this medium could only define as “great,” and the mortification mixed with the fascination emanating from my son was as satisfying as applause for a comedian. Comedy does not have to be a market produced and consumed solely by young people; we elders can be wickedly capricious.

The clerk, still captivated by the antics, returned my card, being very careful when he slipped it between the flexible fingers of the little hand. As he delivered our fried food, he announced that the laughter was worth more than the food and therefore would be “About me”, which I mistook for the joke, not the food. I left with a little hello, a miniature hello, and a polite “Thank you.”

As I walked away, my son looked at the receipt and announced, “Damn it, Dang … it was free, seriously!” to indicate that our food had, in fact, been provided free of charge. I was surprised, flattered and touched that my capricious act had caused such happiness that it filled my guts, twice, as I watched my teenager eat a dozen chicken things, empty a box of French fries, and empty the entire wad with a liter of soda. So who says you can’t feed a family laughing? Talk about a happy meal.

Moments later, in an office supply store, searching for the perfect fine-tip marker, the earlier act of kindness and generosity on the part of the fast food clerk still permeated the air, like the aura of perfume. I could not shake this happy haze in my midst, nor did I try; I wallowed in it. However, it will not be fully experienced (even after obtaining the perfect fine point marker) until it is fully recognized. This act of kindness required retaliation of the cleverest kind.

Fat and happy, my teenager wanted to go home at this highlight of the day, but I pushed him to the limit by saying, “But wait, there’s more” and he collapses in the seat. “We need gas … fuel, gasoline” to which there is no answer. I went into the station and parked, not near the pump, but near the door. He made no move to release his seat belt, indicating his intention to wait in the car. Once again, I used my maternal lubricant to free him of his own stubbornness. “I’ll get you an ice cream, big baby.” He gets out of the car and, as he’s been taught, holds the door when we walk into the store together.

As the friendly young cashier called out for the ice cream, I asked her for the only solitary item I came for. “What kind of lottery ticket would you like?” It was all he said, before a flood of questions and recommendations emerged from the helpful crowd of strangers in the store. I was naively unaware that this request would come with options or trigger such assistance. “I want a random one for the next billionaire thingy.” And then I added, “Wait. I need two.” I turned to the ice cream parlor and said, “One will be for us.”

Returning to the fast food establishment and passing the box of screeches, I walked over to the window. The same employee was still there. He pushed the window open, looking confused since he hadn’t placed any orders. This time he saw a charmingly folded lottery ticket in her tiny hand and wedged securely between the fleshy digits. “This is for you,” I told him. He picked up the bill and looked at it with a mixture of surprise and confusion. I continued: “It’s the Lucky for Life ticket. The drawing is tonight at eleven o’clock. What you did before was very generous and now I’m paying it forward, and well, backward too I guess. I hope you win a billion dollars and when you do, I hope you do a lot of good things for a lot of people. Have a great day. ” I peeled off, leaving the plastic tag with his name on his still unread shirt.

The silence in the car lasted three traffic lights before my teenager spoke: “If we win, I’ll get half, right?” he asked, between licks.

I slap the little hand on my wrinkled forehead, “Eureka!” I told my son, who was busy pushing the ice cream down the hole in the cake. “Even better than that,” I said, “I’ll double your investment, which is … oh wait … you couldn’t invest, so nothing. You won’t get anything.” I burst out laughing, and even though he tried very hard not to look amused, I saw the invisible smile on his face.

He shook his head and muttered through the mash in his mouth, “That was good, Mom. I wish I had gotten it on Snapchat.”

The next day, the newspaper headline read THE FAST FOOD WORKER WINS THE LOTTERY. The story that followed: An anonymous and mean old lady donates a lottery ticket to a fast food worker who wins THE BIGGIE. Mr. Lucas Petitemain, in honor of his wounded warrior brother, plans to establish a foundation to provide bionic limbs to those in need.

Well, at least it’s lovely to think of … that, what could have been.