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I was one of those idiots (of course I was a small child) who thought I could jump off the roof with my picnic table umbrella in my parents back yard.  Just in case I put an air mattress down to land on.  But the umbrella did not slow me, it did however cause me to drift away from the air mattress and land on the concrete to the laughter of my brother who said "I told you so!"....  When my parents came home my brother covered for me though, they asked why I was limping and I said I twisted my ankle, so next day they hauled me off to the doctor who could not do anything, he could not prescribe me pain meds as it would have hurt my studies at school. 

My running career (distance) ended right there, as I found in high school when we were asked to run the mile and my ankle pain in that ankle kept me from completing the mile in the time allotted.  However I could run the quarter mile, grimacing thru the pain, faster than all the athletes including the football players, because I was a distance cyclist and could manage that track distance.  It was such a rush to run like the wind, not looking back to see who was behind me.  But I will only use umbrellas for their primary purpose, shade in the AZ heat or dryness in the AZ monsoons.


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