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MONDAY, DEC. 3, 2007, 9:57 A.M.

My 2 Cents — A Big Fat Lip

I can't recall the last time I got smacked in the mouth hard enough to split my lip. I busted my nose as a high schooler when I caught a knee in the face that busted my nose while grappling with a high school buddy. I've had my share of blown knees and busted ankles. But I hadn't been tagged in the mouth until Sunday afternoon. I was splitting kindling for a fire when a piece shot up and nailed me in the middle of my lower lip. Hard. I felt through the blood to check the damage -- and was grateful that I didn't have to wish for two front teeth for Christmas. I was also grateful that the inside of my lip was gashed and not the outside. It hurt like the dickens but I'd rather have that than go to waste a Sunday afternoon in the emergency room. The accident, of course, fueled my wife's phobia about my fall passion for wood splitting. She immediately recalled the time that a piece of tamarack that I was splitting bounced across the lawn and nailed our 6-year-old son in the leg. He's now 28. I'm sure she thinks that I'll chop off a limb one of these days. Until then, or until the air regulators shut us down, I'll continue to enjoy wood heat and the exercise that goes with starting a fire. And I'll stay out of your view until my fat lip recedes.

Question: Have you ever been injured working around the house?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.