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Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Saul Degraw
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    Sorry dude…Report

  2. Avatar Glyph
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    Man, between this and the staircase incident, I’m starting to think gravity has it in for your ass and you need to get low and stay there.

    Have you considered living underground, an abandoned missile silo perhaps?Report

    • Avatar Will Truman in reply to Glyph
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      That I have twice, in the fewer-than-six-months I have lived here, found myself in a position to think “Okay, I’m going to fall, so I need to figure out how best to avoid serious injury…” is not a good sign.

      And I’m not even the one in crutches!Report

      • Avatar morat20 in reply to Will Truman
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        Maybe you should take up Judo, if you’re gonna keep submitting to gravity’s harsh embrace.

        Learning to fall properly is useful. There are days I think it should be part of PE class for kids. Unlike dodgeball, training someone to fall properly is useful your whole life.Report

      • Avatar Michael Cain in reply to Will Truman
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        Learning to fall properly is useful.

        +1. I don’t know how many friends and acquaintances I’ve seen over the years — but a fair number — with an arm in a cast and when you ask, you get “I slipped and tried to break my fall by sticking my hand out with a stiff arm.” OTOH, there’s the time the horse tossed me off on the downhill side of the trail, with all sorts of odd rotations going on, and all I could think of was “This is going to hurt no matter how well I manage the fall.”Report

      • Avatar Kim in reply to Will Truman
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        morat,
        of course. But, if you’re going to teach that one, you also ought to teach people how to jump on cars. Far better than falling beneath them.
        (Yes, it’s a trained act. part of stunt doubling ).Report

      • Avatar KatherineMW in reply to Will Truman
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        Dodgeball was the only fun part of gym class, but I like Kim’s idea. Learning how to do movie stunts would be even more fun,Report

      • Avatar DavidTC in reply to Will Truman
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        @morat20
        Maybe you should take up Judo, if you’re gonna keep submitting to gravity’s harsh embrace.

        Yeah. And then next time you can use gravity’s strength against itself, and throw the earth into the sun!Report

  3. Avatar greginak
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    Wow…sorry to hear all this. Do you have those little ice gripper cleats people can put on their shoes?Report

  4. Avatar Michael Cain
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    Is there a reason you didn’t walk on the grass and leaves along the side and toss the salt from there? Ice-coated grass is almost always a lot less slick than ice-coated pavement.Report

    • Avatar Chris in reply to Michael Cain
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      Southerners. We walk on ice about as well as we drive on it.Report

      • Avatar Michael Cain in reply to Chris
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        We walk on ice about as well as we drive on it. [Emphasis mine]

        There’s your problem. You don’t walk on ice unless the temperature is way below freezing; you shuffle on it. Ice is a complex substance, and until it gets cold enough (below about -4 °F IIRC), there’s a very thin sort-of-liquid layer on the surface. The presence of impurities in small quantities can increase the thickness of the layer and make it more like actual water. And of course, water on ice does a darned good impression of a frictionless surface. Put your foot on a spot where the layer is thick enough, get your center of mass far enough off-center from that point of contact, and — whoosh!Report

      • Avatar Chris in reply to Chris
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        Yeah, it’s rarely my problem, because when it’s icy (as it was for a bit here Saturday morning), I don’t walk anywhere but on carpet, tile, or hardwood.Report

    • Avatar Will Truman in reply to Michael Cain
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      I do it where I can but tree branches make it tough. That was how I got back up to the house, though.Report

  5. Avatar LeeEsq
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    This doesn’t seem fun under any circumstance. Winter is the most dangerous of the seasons.Report

  6. Avatar Kazzy
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    How’d you get back up the hill? My mind immediately went to you being stuck down at the bottom with Clancy and Lain whooping it up back at home sans supervision!Report

    • Avatar Will Truman in reply to Kazzy
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      @kazzy On the grass and dirt. Definitely not on the driveway!

      Clancy was at the neighbors’ house downhill. Had Lain not been uphill, I might have said “screw it” and joined her. But can’t leave the girl alone, obviously.Report

      • Avatar Kazzy in reply to Will Truman
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        Is it obvious? Or have I gone way too far with “free range” parenting?Report

      • Avatar Glyph in reply to Will Truman
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        I think you misunderstand the meaning of “free range parenting”.

        “Dude, you’ve been at the bar six hours now. Don’t you have kids to take care of?”

        “Nah man, I’m a free-range parent, s’all good”.

        (As an aside, a commenter on an article about some parents who got into hot water for letting their kids walk a mile alone, made the point that it’s stupid that we now have to call such parents “free-range”, implying they are doing something weird or unusual. Once upon a time they would have just been “parents”.)Report

      • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Will Truman
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        As I’ve said before, my summers were much like crate training. We were fed in the mornings then told to get out of here and go out and play or something and be home by suppertime, as defined by the streetlights turning on (lunch was optional).

        We weren’t able to make that many demands on our parents’ time outside of that. The occasional trip to the library, the occasional movie… but if we wanted to spend time with them other than that, it was to tag along with them: the grocery store, the auto mechanic, the barber/hairdresser.

        (Things changed, somewhat, after my father passed… we were kept on a somewhat tighter leash. Compared to today, though? Free Range all the way.)Report

  7. Avatar Jaybird
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    Question about that waterslide: is it blue or is it white?Report

  8. Avatar Burt Likko
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    The episode sounds more humiliating than painful, although I’m sure it didn’t feel good. I can totally see slipping like that myself.Report

  9. Avatar Damon
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    That road looks like a kick ass sledding route with either snow or ice!Report

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