Thursday, August 05, 2010

The Lucia dalliance

I met Lucia for the first time two weeks or so back.

She is a pretty girl, maybe a teen or older, with a few pimples, dove eyed, sporting a double braid, not too verbose, very nimble and sharp, gauges the people who interact with her accurately, knows how to whistle and is ready for a challenge anytime. She is impossible to outwit. She is a southpaw and that is why I think she is creative in foxing me with her cunning twists in our conversations. I meet her on the weekends and sometimes on weekdays in the evenings. She gnaws at my head regularly by being an epitome of concentration and skill. I am starting to love and simultaneously hate her for psyching me and putting me out of rhythm and thereby egging me implicitly to try harder.

Who is this Lucia? She is the "virtual" champion, a character in the table-tennis sport on the Wii Sports Resort game for the Nintendo Wii. I encountered her for the first time after a series of games and boy!, what a roadblock she is, for stopping our march to a dead stop. I have been repeatedly mauled at a zero score umpteen times and neither me nor El Niño has been able to break past her save a couple of points.

It has become an obsession to try to defeat her using all the tricks in our arsenal. The beauty of the game is that it is so real and close to a game played on a table-tennis table where all tricks you do with a real racquet and a ball are accomplished with the Wiimote and twists of your wrist. I was testing my skill 2 days back at 6:30 AM after me getting off a conference that started at 4:30 AM (Don't ask me why at that hour of the soundest sleep. :-( That was when I could catch my stake holders.)

No wonder Señora is not amused!!! [Nyet, it is not for the early morn meet, but for the early morn gaming :-)]


zeno said...

Senora va marupadi marupadi thirimba thirumba kadupetharinga your honor!
Conference at 4.30? hmm oru silarukku kosu tholla oru silarukku conference tholla!

Ramesh said...

Now I am totally intrigued. Not being of the Wii generation, I have no clue of the game. But in real flesh and blood I've played a lot of TT and can still wield a fair game. With a Chinese whiff still lingering, I can't wait to take on the fair lady. Coming to your house ..........

Agree with zeno that you are in some danger of being clobbered by Senora.

TheUncanny said...

LUCIAAAAA.... i like the name!!!

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zeno said...

Why not contest against each other rather than contesting with Lucia? Tell me you people will host the summit/tournament, will drop by either to challenge or to be challenged!

RS said...

//No wonder Señora is not amused!!! [Nyet, it is not for the early morn meet, but for the early morn gaming :-)] //

Misunderstood, your honour! It is not for the early morning meeting, it is not for the early morning gaming, it is for the early morning playing with a pretty, maybe a teen or older.... (CCP the second para of your post)Lucia after an early morning meet!! Understanding the woes of the working class in B'lore, she'll have to wake up at 5am (or even earlier) to begin cooking. Will be desperae enough to catch up the last 30min of sleep. Ithula oruthar kalangaarthala elundhu TT aadina manushanuku evlo kovam varum :P

Anonymous said...

Senora left you like that to do this post,am amused at that.


R-ambam said...

:D Nothing like the good old days when I played squash , so to say with a writing pad and ping pong ball with my siblings .. :)

naangalaam Wii vilayaada kooda couch vitu nagarathilla .. :p

RamMmm said...

@All-Getting back after a sabbatical from the blog world. Started Google Reader today to look at what the backlog is. :-)

@zeno-Senora doesn't mind me working hard (@ work that is, not gaming on when she toils)

@Ramesh-You are welcome anytime. I presume you are in Whitefield (at least your work location) and I am right in the opposite side of town. A trip to my place is almost a weekend trip as well. And now with the roads being dug up for 'the Metro', it is an adventure ride as well.

As for being clobbered, I have been. :-D

@TheUncanny-:-D :-D

@zeno-You can contest against each other. The TV screen will be split into two and mine is a poor old 29 incher. :-( There is already a foundation @ home to get a 42 or 47 incher LCD. :-D Enga oorukku vaanga, I'll host you.

@RS-Yaenga bayamuruththareenga? :-)

@Ambulisamma-Senora doesn't care (or didn't care), as long my time is (was) spent (!) properly with family. :-D

@R-ambam-Sure, good old days. I still play theru (street) tennis. :-D

@All-At last Lady Lucia has been defeated sometime last month by sheer will, perseverance and hours of play. El Nino managed it first and me after a few days after that. More Lucia's uncles and aunts have landed up on the roster as we (me and El Nino) move forward.