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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Where's My Hammer


Soon after Suzanne and I got married I started to install an intercom system in the Western Auto Store. As I recall it was an AiPhone system. Suzanne was pregnant at the time and we were also having a new burglar/fire alarm installed.

I had been working on a junction box in the parts room. I was using an 8 foot tall step ladder with a tool tray and had just finished splicing a junction and came down. I put my tools back in my tool belt but could not find my hammer. I looked everywhere. It was nowhere to be found. Finally I gave up on finding it and decided to just move to the next junction point.

I folded up my ladder and almost immediately I saw a bright flash and felt really weak. My father had been standing nearby and saw what happened. I was holding on to the folded up ladder for dear life trying to figure out what was going on. My father asked me if I was okay and somehow I managed to say, “No!”  

I had found my hammer. It had been on the tool tray of the step ladder all along.


Suzanne drove me to the doctor’s office and she asked me if I was going to be okay. They took me straight back to the treatment room. Suzanne asked if I was going to scream when the doctor stitched me up. I told her I could not guarantee that I would not. She said she would wait out front. Dr. Baird came in the room and I reminded him that I was much bigger than he was and that although I would not want to that if he were to hurt me I might end up hurting him. He said that he would do his best to keep from hurting either one of us. We both made it out okay.

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