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It was a normal day in the video store. I am John, my best friend Jerry is sulking outside, because his girlfriend of 5 years has gone off to college. I go in back to retrieve a broom and dustpan, just as a crash is heard coming from the store. I come out of the back room to see the large plate-glass window in front of the store is broken. Jerry is hanging upside-down off the front counter. Jerry is covered in small window fragments, not to mention the floor. I prop the broom up against the counter. Walking to Jerry, I squat down and tap him on the forehead and say,

“You know that the boss will deduct that from your next paychecks Jerry.”
Jerry sighs and replies, “I know. John, help me up, I seem to be stuck.”



I help get Jerry right side up again. Jerry grabs the broom and begins to clean-up the glass covering the floor. I straighten the displays that were affected by Jerry’s flight thru the window. Jerry has done his flight thru the window every semester for the past two years. We had almost finished cleaning up, when the boss enters the store. He looks at Jerry and then the spot where the window was and with a mundane, tired look on his face. He asks,

“Did your girlfriend go away for the semester, Jerry?”



Jerry leans on the broom as he answers,

“Yes sir, Boss man!”



Jerry gave a military-like salute to the boss. The broom that he was leaning on began to break at the base. I tried to warn him, but it was too late. The broom handle splintered and the bristles of the broom head, Catapulting the newly freed head up to smack Jerry in the nose before landing hard on the ground. Jerry looked more stunned then hurt. I went over to him and assessed the damage. Despite a small trickle of blood, Jerry looked fine. The boss watched us with a curiosity, and then he turns around and mumbles,

“I guess the punishment fit the crime.”



Jerry and I finish our shifts and head for home. Along the way, I turn to Jerry and ask,

“You go thru this every semester, why not just join her up at the college?”

Jerry looks at me in disbelief and then answers,

“Me? In college? With Jessica? I wish! Even if I started now, she still has got two years on me. Plus I don’t have the money to go. Since you asked, why have you not gone to college yourself, John?”



His question caught me off guard. After thinking about it for a while I answer,



“Because I can’t leave my Best friend all alone on the outside. Besides, I can’t abandon my parents to go off to college.”



We nod on that and agree that if we can find the means to release ourselves from our restraints, that we would apply to college together.


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if the pen is mighter then the sword then the word processer must be mighter then the missile



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