Ends and Beginnings


When I was a kid I made a flashlight out of D battery, a flashlight bulb, a small piece of wire used to tie a bread bag and scotch tape. Now this wasn’t rocket scientist stuff nor was I on track to be the next Steve Jobs or Bill Gates but for an eight year old it was a proud achievement. I used my homemade flashlight to read MAD Magazine under the covers when I was supposed to go to sleep. It worked great for several days until I fell asleep one night and forgot to disconnect the bulb from the battery.

Being eight years old with no income or a car I did all my battery shopping in the house so over the next couple of weeks I “borrowed” batteries from my Dad’s flashlight, and my sisters toys until I had exhausted the household supply. Little did I know there would…

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