By Tony Hawks
'If you needed to choose stuff you sought after -- in case you needed to -- what might you pick?' I hesitated. This was once a much bigger query than often acquired requested at those post-match debriefs. 'I think the sincere solution might be,' I stated, nonetheless gaining access to the final items of required information from a jumbled brain, 'meeting my soul mate, and discovering an idyllic apartment out of the country somewhere.' encouraged through breathtaking perspectives and romantic desires of discovering love within the mountains, Tony Hawks all of a sudden buys a home within the French Pyrenees. right here, he plans to ultimately fulfil his adolescence fable of gaining knowledge of the piano, untroubled via the issues of the realm. in fact, the chaotic tale of Tony's hopelessly ill-conceived residence buy reads just like the definitive consultant to how to not purchase a home out of the country. It unearths him flirting with the elimination enterprise in a disastrous try to shipping his piano to France in a dodgy white van; foolishly electing to construct a swimming pool himself; and increasing his courting repertoire whilst he begins co-habiting, now not with a good looking French attractiveness, yet with a middle-aged builder from West London. As Tony and his associates haplessly try to healthy into village lifestyles, they research extra approximately themselves and every except they ever imagined.
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A lady friend lent the book to me just after we’d met, when we were first exposing our tastes to one another. She smiled, handed me the book and said, “These words will change the way you think about your life,” or something like that. I don’t really remember. I just remember the way that book felt in my hand. It belonged there. When I was a child I had a mild case of obsessive-compulsive disorder, and this feeling was like that. It was satisfying the way counting the hairs on the other children during naptime was satisfying.
I am writing to apply for the position of game designer. We have a chance here to help children experience games that are more true to life than ever before. Computer graphics have improved and improved and improved, and some day soon we’re going to have to ask ourselves where we can go next in our search for realism. We need virtual pet games where you clean and feed and love your furry little friend, but where that car still comes out of nowhere so smoothly, a god of aerodynamics and passenger safety.
I thought about that after we fought tonight. I get so confused in my head. I almost left her, but that isn’t what I want. I want to sleep with other women, yes, but I want Susan, too. She is strong and sexy and just as surprising as those strangers. I don’t want them instead of her. Maybe there is a way I can have both. I don’t know. I do know that this love is important. When the end comes, when the ice caps melt and the seas boil and the sky falls, I won’t want to be hiding in some stranger’s bathroom.