Thursday, August 12, 2004
Dean, I heard a story last night that beats your newspaper story by about tenfold. Came from Master Ron Vorpahl, taekwondo guy extraordinaire.
So Master Vorpahl, many years ago (I think), was at home, hanging around with his brother. I believe they did the hammer throw or something along those lines in track and field at school, and they were outside practicing with the counterweight from an old window: a weight of about three pounds attached to a rope, ordinarily used to make it easier to open and close windows smoothly. So his brother swung the counterweight and tossed it, by Master Vorpahl's estimation, about fifty yards. Being the older brother, Vorpahl thought he could do better. So he retrieved the counterweight and swung it around and around, and then he released it. He thought the thing must have flown very, very far, because he couldn't see it anywhere.
And then it hit him on the head.
So Vorpahl was bleeding profusely from the head, and getting blood all over his face and shoulders and arms and hands. He and his brother ran to the house to get their mother to take him to the hospital. And as soon as Master Vorpahl walked into the house covered in blood, his mother took one look at him and fainted, fell backwards, and hit her head on the kitchen counter and started bleeding.
Then Master Vorpahl's younger brother figured that he would have to go get their father at the bar to take the two of them to the hospital, and in his excitement, as he was running out of the house, he opened the screen door so hard that it whacked him in the forehead. And he started bleeding.
They finally ended up at the hospital - the mother and the two sons from a family bleeding, taken in the car by the father. And the cops showed up, and every one of them was taken to a separate room and asked exactly what happened, and their father was scared to death. Presumably he was cleared in the end. But it's still known as Bloody Tuesday in the family.
The moral of the story, I suppose, is that you oughtn't throw heavy things in the air.
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