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Glass Lollipop

A glass lollipop. That’s what my sister thinks of the most important piece of scientific equipment I possess. And by the looks of it, she’s recently had it in her mouth. I need to find a better hiding place.

Walking into my bedroom, instrument in hand, I stand in front of my 5 drawer, oak veneer dresser, close my eyes, and yank sharply on the red knobs to break the seal to my sock drawer. My mother recently painted the dresser, deciding that everything in the house needed to be updated to suite her wildly swinging, short lived tastes, and now everything sticks to everything else. The drawers were so sticky the first few weeks I nearly pulled the dresser over on myself and once I punched myself in the eye when the drawer let loose unexpectedly.

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Tribe of the Nerds

My hometown schoolmates considered me a nerd. Not all of them and not my closest friends, but the other kids. My hometown in Iowa was named after the Sauk (Sac) Indian Chief – Chief Keokuk – and so I likened the school cliques to tribes. I belonged to the Tribe of the Nerds.

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