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The contraption worked perfectly, except that I had to sleep flat on my back, which I always had trouble doing, especially when it was cold: I liked to snuggle down into the blankets. Also, the rubber bands still popped off in the middle of the night. Another drawback was that the device took a lot of time to put on properly. I’d wait until it was dark so no one else would see it.
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„Your what?“I took off the contraption and explained to Dad that, because my front teeth stuck out so badly, I needed braces, but they cost twelve hundred dollars, so I had made my own.
„Put them back on,“ Dad said. He studied my handiwork intently, then nodded. „Those braces are a goddamn feat of engineering genius,“ he said. „You take after your old man.“He took my chin and pulled my mouth open. „And I think they’re by God worki nike air max 1 ng.“THAT YEAR I STARTED working for the school newspaper, The Maroon Wave. I wanted to join some club or group or organization where I could feel I belonged, where people wouldn’t move away if I sat down next to them. I was a good runner, and I thought of nike air max 1 black going out for the track team, but you had to pay for your uniform, and Mom said we couldn’t afford it. You didn’t have to b Nike air max 1/90 pas cher femme homme – Belgium nike air max uy a uniform or a musical instrument or pay any dues to work on the Wave.

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