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October 6th, 2009 by Dawn Rickabaugh
Local artist/illustrator, Terese Nielsen, was in a flurry getting ready for a major post office run when she heard unfamiliar steps approaching her studio door.
Unaccustomed to public visits, she was surprised when Calvin and Daniel, (both on the TCHS wrestling team) suddenly pounced with a double shot when she opened the door. Before she had time to sprawl, she was tied up, her blond head pinned squarely on the floor (which, fortunately, had been recently mopped by her youngest daughter, Lauren Manwaring).
With a cross face, she scolded them and reached for their triceps and Rocked ‘n Russian Rolled them. “It was a nice feeling to get the upper hand. All those early morning workouts have certainly paid off,” said Nielsen, (who is either 43, 53, or 33 . . . she can’t seem to remember, and we were unable to locate her birth certificate for verification).
The boys were obviously embarrassed at this point, but Ms. Nielsen’s natural compassion had not yet been completely compromised. She asked what she could do to help the two somewhat misguided, but charming youths.
After a few awkward moments, they confessed an unrelenting addiction to Magic the Gathering, and that they were in desperate need of a fix. “It’s tough to find what you need out there on the streets any more,” they moaned, shaking softly.
Nodding her head with a knowingness that can only come from experience, she assured the boys that she could hook them up.
Releasing them from a brutal half-nielsen (times 2 equals a whole nielsen), she let them turn the corner into the area of her studio where she stores ‘the goods.’ Nearly sobbing with relief, the two boys gingerly cradled the free packs of Magic cards they were allowed to take with them. Grappling with a way to express their gratitude, they ultimately remained speechless.
Ms. Nielsen created a social bridge for the silent pair, and carefully swishered them towards the door.
“It’s amazing that something so small can make such a difference in someone’s life,” says Nielsen. “I consider it a real privilege to share my gifts as a successful Take Down Artist with young people in the community.”
[Article Decoder: My daughter is on the wrestling team this year, and a couple of her teammates are avid fans of Magic the Gathering, a collectible card game, and were excited to learn that my daughter’s step-mother is a very well-known Magic artist. They were invited to swing by the studio for a visit. Common wrestling terms: double shot, sprawl, tie up, crossface, Russian Roll, half-nelson, turn the corner, cradle, grappling, bridge, swisher, takedown artist.]