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First Come

There were several in line when we arrived: Two

Bleached blonds with candy striped canes; an old

Wheel-chaired man with gnarled hands and a middle

aged lady hopping haphazardly on her crutches.


Both pegs seem to have been rubberized, bouncing

Left foot to right, like skipping rope. Happily Ignoring

the dour face of the place, she neatly finessed the

Two Blondes out of their place in the wiggling line.


When the doctor came, a new game began. With

Canes and crutches flying to better their places in

The queue, Wheel Chair Hockey, began. ‘First In Line’

Had been swapped out for “Last man Standing”,

The singular thrill of being ill.




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