7 things that have only happened to Anna Bechtel

7 Things I'm Pretty Sure Have Only Happened To Me

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We are all special. However, that is another way of saying no one is.

I'm kidding. Sort of.

We all have different strands of DNA and different fingerprints. We also have different combinations of personality traits, likes and dislikes, and appearances. While some of us might have some similar traits that overlap, chances are no one has the exact same combinations of all three.

I promise you, this has a point.

One of the things that makes us all different, that isn't really talked about, is that we also have different experiences. Again, some of us might have done the same things, but no two people have the exact same life experiences.

Some of us have some really weird experiences. And believe me, I'm one of them.

Here are seven things that I'm pretty sure to have only happened to me.

1. Fallen down a storm drain pipe.


This happened, literally, two weeks ago. I had only five minutes to run halfway across campus to my next class, so naturally, I ran. It also was raining lightly. I ran on a patch of grass, which was slippery, and had a slightly loose storm drain. And I fell in. And it hurt. I have two huge bruises on my knees, and I might have more on my back, but I can't see my back. It also really hurts to do anything, but lay down.

2. Cut the part of my face on my upper cheek and below my eye.

When I was eight I was running to the bus stop, notice a pattern here? You wanna guess the ending? I fell, and I didn't just scrape my knees. I cut a part of my face between my eye and cheek, and had to wear a bandage on it. It was awkward. And don't even get me started on the scab.

3. Stood by the intercom speaker, just to hear the school buses being announced.


I am very concerned about missing my ride. Whether it's a bus, a train, a plane, whatever I want to make sure I'm on the correct ride going to the correct place. This stemmed from my elementary and middle school days, where the school buses were announced over the PA system. I'm sure that this happens at other schools as well. However, the students at my school didn't share the same concern I had. Or they just didn't care about missing their buses and having to stay longer at school. My bus often came early, so my concern was heightened. So while everyone else was talking and yelling about nothing important, I would often stand by the speaker so I would be sure that I could hear clearly what bus was there. Sometimes I would even yell it to my classmates, if I was in the mood. I don't even know what they did when my bus came.

4. Threatened to duct tape someone's mouth, when I was thirteen.


Again with my annoyance with my loud classmates. One day in science class, I just had enough, and threatened to duct tape their mouths. It was met with some laughter, some shock, some nervousness. I don't know where it came from, I just snapped.

5. Popped my shoulder while laying in bed.


I was balancing my head on my arm, as we often do, when suddenly, my shoulder popped. I've popped my shoulder before when I was swimming or stretching. Never doing nothing. I injure myself in the weirdest places and ways.

6. Have A Rating System For When I Listen To Podcasts


We all know I love podcasts. I love them enough to write articles on the Odyssey about them. I am also really weird with numbers. It's one of those weird OCD things I have. I am also very passionate about the iTunes star ratings for songs, podcasts, and other things. Basically, if something ain't five stars, I don't want it in my iTunes. Songs are easy to know if they're five stars, podcasts are not. Whenever I'm listening to a new episode, I divide the time by five, and add a star at each of the fifths. That way I know it's even. If I'm not into it after two-fifths of the podcast, it gets deleted. That's how I save storage on my computer.

7. Dropped my computer by getting out of bed.


I don't know if dropped is the right word, because dropped implies that it was in my hand. I had my computer in my bed, I got out of bed, and it fell. I still have no idea how it happened. Luckily, I got it fixed.

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My Dog Is My Child, And I Don't Regret Spoiling Her

A true dog mom spoils her pups.


Last week, my dog got sick very suddenly and we rushed her into the vet as soon as we could. She got a very unfortunate diagnosis. Gastric torsion. Most of the time, this is basically a death sentence for a dog. Many dogs don't even make it into the vet's office before the torsion cuts off their airway. We were so lucky to get Tessa into the vet's office in time, but it wasn't all fun and games after we got her in.

The first thing they try to do for dogs with gastric torsion is an attempt to get a tube down the dog's throat to remove the excess air from their stomach. Tessa's stomach was too twisted for a tube to get down, so the vet had to go for the worst-case scenario. Emergency surgery. Of course, as a pet owner, this is the last thing you want to hear. It's not about the money that the surgery costs or the fact that your pet will most likely be staying at the vet's office for several days, it's the fact that your pet may not make it through the night, and even if they do, you will have to watch them be in pain for several days or even weeks while they are trying to recover.

Tessa's surgery was tough. I was able to go see her each day after her surgery, and it was hard for me to sit beside her and try to comfort my sweet pup without tearing up myself. The vet came in and told me that she still had a long way to go before she was completely recovered from the surgery. Those words stung a little bit and each morning I impatiently awaited the call from the vet's office with updates.

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Finally, Friday came around, and that was my last opportunity to visit her before the end of the week. To my surprise, when I opened the door to her kennel, she stood up and came to greet me! She went to the back door of the office and wanted to go on a walk. And what a relief that was.

On Monday, we were able to bring her home and she was back to her nosy self. But with that being said, I don't regret spoiling my dog. It doesn't bother me that she wants to be hand fed every meal after coming home from the vet's office, but this will be a habit that we eventually break. I will never ever tie my dog up in the yard just to make sure she stays. She will come inside. She is just as much a member of my family as anyone else. It doesn't bother me that she likes the expensive food the best and that she requires a lot of attention, because she's basically my child, and taking care of her is my responsibility.

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Take care of your pets. They may just be part of your world, but you are their entire world.

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