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Wax on, wax off

 •  • by Paul Ingraham
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Self-massage with a power waxer?! Huh.

Working over his aching body with the power tool was the only way he was able to play ultimate Frisbee two days in a row.

A worthy goal! A goal I can relate to! I haven’t played two days of ulti in a row in a decade, and I deeply regretted the last attempt.

I am also pretty dang sure a power waxer wouldn’t have made it possible at any time since then. While I have gotten a lot of surprisingly good benefits from self-massage over the years, this challenge seems beyond its powers in my case.

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