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Last Place … I am OK with It

I went out for track my junior year of high school. In two indoor races – the mile – I finished in last place and second to last place. Thankfully, I was put out of my misery by debilitating stress fractures in my femurs. My grim track career ended as “manager” for the track team. I am still not sure what my exact duties were.

(Note: I can run a mile faster twenty plus years later than I could then)

That same year during solo and ensemble competition the judge stopped my three-part tuba solo midway through the second part. He ┬ásaid, “I have heard enough. Thanks.”

Puzzled, I asked, “Do you want to hear the third movement?”

He simply replied, “Nope” as he pointed towards the door.

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If you are wondering I have won a few things:

1. Cub Scout Father Son cake baking contest. My Dad and I constructed a three layer carrot cake in the shape of an Air Stream travel trailer.

2. Society of American Foresters Arnold Bolle Wilderness Management Scholarship. This scholarship paid my way to attend the World Wilderness Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. At that conference I had dinner with the Arch Druid, David Brower. And by having dinner I mean sitting at the same table as him and other students and talking wilderness for several hours.

3. Dorm floor television. At the end of my freshmen year in college we drew names out of a hat for the lounge TV we had bought at the start of the school year. I won and used that TV for more than a decade.

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By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.