(PJMedia) -- Long, long ago, when I was a young man and a member of a collegiate fraternal organization, my fellow housemates and I enjoyed playing something called the Circle Game. The object of the game was simple: One player would place his thumb and index finger together in a circle, in what was then known as the "OK symbol," and try to get the other player to look at it. The circle had to be below the waist, and there could be no question that the other player looked directly at it. (Usually indicated by the second player quickly looking away and muttering "Damn it" or "Oh, $#!+" or something along those lines.) Various forms of trickery could be employed to divert the second player's attention to the circle, such as "Oh, you dropped this personal object" or "Is that an insect on your leg?" Then, when the circle-sighting was achieved, the first player got to punch the second player in the shoulder once, and only once. That was it. That was the game. It could be played at any time, in any social setting, and the rules of honor dictated that the second player would submit to the shoulder-punch with a minimum of complaint. To this day, I have no idea who invented the game or what purpose it served. But I played it all the same. The bruises have faded, but the memories live on.