* Shadow riding the carousel at the House on the Rock. It's the first time in the book that he actually gets to be happy, and man, is it a release.
* Shadow rigging a coin toss so he'll ''lose'', and have to pay for the dinner of a hitchhiker he picked up.
* Czernobog [[spoiler:delivering a light tap to Shadow's head to make good on their bet.]]
--> [[spoiler: ''Pock!'' There, said Czernobog. Is done.]]
* The wake for [[spoiler:Mad Sweeney]]. And most of the time Shadow spent hanging out with the Egyptian gods in Cairo.
* Mr. Nancy taking Shadow out for drinks [[spoiler: and karaoke]] and letting him crash at his place.
* Any time Shadow does a coin trick for a child.
* Salim and the ifrit giving each other some measure of comfort.