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Oct 9, 2023Liked by Ben Kerschberg

“she surely meant the exact opposite”- Why is that when we are told not to do something it actually means a green light for us? Experience is the best teacher. Looking forward to part 3!

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Quite the twist! You have my attention.

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And thank you so much for reading. I always appreciate your encouragement.

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The end is more philosophical, I think.

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It was 1983. The lobby was packed. We tried.

I'm sorry about your fall -- that sounds . . . less than ideal especially for a 5th grader, but we kids were resilient.

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J Geils Band, Centerfold. What a song! 😆

That sounds a sore one, Ben. I can sympathise. When I broke both my legs in a car crash 20 years ago, they were in such a bad state the docs missed the fact a bone in my foot was also broken and it still is to this day 🤕

Still hoping you get revenge before this tale is done 😁

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I'm sorry to hear that. Both legs is a lot worse than both arms. And their oversight.

As for revenge, well . . . we will see.

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Hmm, not sure. Both arms is pretty bad! I’m used to the broken foot now. I was bad at playing football before it and still just as bad! 😁

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Fully commited to this narrative. Now am relating heavily with your mom.

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My mom was a real champ through it all. More to come. :)

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I feel your pain, at least some of it. I broke my leg high jumping in 9th grade gym class. While I was waiting for the ambulance to take me to the hospital a classmate reminded me what they did to horses that broke their leg.

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Oh, that's so harsh. I don't have words, but I hope you did.

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He was laughing when he said it. He was my teammate on several sports teams. Later he retired from the US Marshals and served multiple tours in Afghanistan. He was quite a character in school.

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Ah, school days...

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How did they not know both were broken right away!? Gah.

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The right one was really bad. The left one just "hurt" until I lifted it over my head.

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This made me laugh and cringe and almost cry. Looking forward to part three!

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We have to be to get a merit badge. But she sounds outstanding

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No! Poor kiddo! I do remember those days, sadly, but really, would an ER visit have been totally out of the question? And an immediate full-body survey for other injuries? I mean, get some pain relief happening and seriously, waiting hours until imaging! It's such a gulf compared to our current treatment. No disrespect to your mom, I mean that's just how it was back then. I remember in 5th grade tripping on my pants that were too long (because I ignored my mom's advice not to wear my taller sister's pants) and falling down a steep flight of concrete stairs and face-planting onto the basketball court. No drama, just got brushed off and my mom drove me to the dentist since I'd hit my chin pretty hard. I still have a rakish Kristy McNichol smile to this day. Sheesh!

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