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Avoidable Contact #69: A 6124-mile experiment in child (and parent) abuse, Part 1

“It should not be denied… that being footloose has always exhilarated us. It is associated in our minds with escape from history and oppression and law and irksome obligations, with absolute freedom, and the road has always led West.” This Wallace Stegner quote begins Jon Krakauer’s memorable book, Into The Wild. Almost 20 years after the publication of that book, Krakauer revealed that its protagonist, Chris McCandless, hadn’t just been driven to his Western death by a desire for adventure and novelty. Rather, it was years of physical abuse at the hands of his father that caused him to abandon his Datsun B210 in the desert and disappear into the wild ...


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Good stuff, Jack. I bought my 10-yr old son the Dangerous Book for Boys and I might just have to get him the Pocket Ref book now. Can't wait to read what other adventures you two get to experience together...


It's Harman/Kardon, Jack.

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Would you desire to endure the treatment that you subject your son to?

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If you are into phone phreaks, might I suggest the book "Exploding the Phone", the website is:  ( I have no connection to this book, other than having read it and misplaced my copy.) Both you and your son might really enjoy it.  Looking forward to your next installment.


Cool read. I look forward to the next installment.

By the way, I believe animal abuse is the worst form of abuse because animals have no voice at all...

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