I was 8 years old when the original Star Wars came out in 78 and remember sitting there in awe as I watched the movie with my family. I could not wait until I got my first light saber. Looking back I can not count the number of times I took a flash light and played Jedi as a kid. So I can not even begin to describe the childish joy when I acquired an ultra saber. Of course the first thing I did when I got to the privacy of my own home was turn into The Star Wars Kid. And that’s when I realized I was too old for this poodoo.
For those of you who haven’t had the joy of holding one of these awesome ultra sabers I will try to explain the sensation. When I were sweat pants and crap t-shirts I don’t feel that special. But slide on some “formal” clothes and sudden you stand up taller and feel better. The same is true for these ultra sabers, when you pick up a light saber at a toy store you can feel the plastic. But the ultra sabers are made with billet aluminum components and have a nice weight to them. But that is where the problem starts.
See I have various health issues one of the joyful things is gout and I suspect some arthritis or carpal tunnel in my hands. So the first thing I tried to do with the saber is the stereotypical twirl of the thing. DO NOT TRY THIS IF YOU HAVE JOINT PAIN. Oh my god I thought my hand was on fire but I was not going to drop the saber. Hmm. . . maybe I just need to loosen up the joint? Lets try this about 10 or 20 more times . . . OW OW OW OW OW. Wait I think it’s get better. . . OW OW OW OW. . . maybe I can do it with my left hand? Note to self: you are not ambidextrous.
Sigh. . .