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by John Baumann
(Colorado Springs, CO)
All journeys start with the first step, so I thought it appropriate to start at the beginning, almost. No boring stories from my childhood, as they are mostly uneventful. However, about twelve years ago, something happened that would change my life forever. It was simple enough. I simply wanted to dream, just dream when I was asleep. Most people dream without consequence. It seems like when I do something it is like Texas Hold Em, I'm all in. Well this one night the unexpected happened, I actually had a dream. The dream, non eventful. The consequence, a trip to the emergency room. I had actually swiped something off my face, not only in the dream, but also in reality. The result was a fairly nice cut on my eyeball, just missing the iris. I had to wear a patch for quite a few days. It was funny, it was the brunt of family jokes for weeks to come. It made me laugh, along with everyone I shared my story with.
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