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Last day of school two summers ago, I thought it was a good idea to ride down a paved hill in a shopping cart. I went in the cart with my friend and near the bottom of the hill, we hit a pothole. Needless to say it didn't end well. My friend got away unscathed while I broke my arm for the second time that year.
I got two stories-- neither are me, but both are 100% true.
First-- my brother--in high school drove an older 4runner and the battery was dead-- he was going to get behind the truck and push it to get it rolling, then run and jump in to compression start it. We live in seattle and it was rainy/wet out. He started pushing and got going pretty good- when his feet flipped and he fell, nailing the bottom of his chin on the trailer hitch ball and knocking him out cold. He was all by himself but was found a few minutes later by the neighbor-- laying in the street, his car up ahead in the middle of the street with the door open. Had to get stitches.
Second--my good friend Jimmy. Owns a bar, closed it down one night and went out and got in his car to drive home. has an automatic suburban. He went to put his seatbelt on but it was stuck in the door, so he took his eyes off the road (was in a parking lot) and his foot off the gas (but you know automatics go unless you have your foot on the brake). He opened up his door and his suburban hit a tree planter curb knocking him out of his seat to where he was hanging on the door trying to get back in-- but couldn't-- ended up falling and ran over his own leg with his back tire- shattering his leg in several places. His car kept going and ended up in a ditch at the end of the parking lot- totaled.
Who would of thought you could run over yourself?
Even though he was 17, and he is now 30-- so it's a 13 year old story, he's usually not a complete idiot, so your comment got me wondering and I sent the following email...awaiting a reply...
From: Dewald, Calan
Sent: Thursday, June 07, 2012 1:28 PM
You know that story of you getting knocked out by the trailer hitch when you were pushing your car to compression start it? How come you didn’t just push from the drivers side door—why were you behind the truck?
well, there you have it--must have tried that first...
From: Ky Dewald [mailto:KyD@fairplay.com]
Sent: Thursday, June 07, 2012 1:33 PM
To: Dewald, Calan
I couldn’t get it to move
When I was 3 I got a metal baseball bat to the mouth when I was standing behind my brother and he didn't see me. Also in 5th grade I was standing behind my brother and he picked up a cinder block and when to put it behind him and put it on my foot-breaking my toe...I should probably stop standing behind my brother...