Have you ever just said I could kick myself?

If you have ever just said you could kick yourself, Tom Haywood’s Kicking Machine can help!

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My dad’s last duty station before retirement from the Marine Corps in 1964 was Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, coincidentally also where I was born.    Since my dad was retiring he didn’t want to move the family (again) to Cherry Point — so we stayed in Clinton, Maryland, outside of Andrews Air Force Base, and my dad commuted weekends.  I was just a young girl and frequently went back and forth with him from MD to NC.  I have a few foggy memories of visiting Tom Haywood’s Kicking Machine, that my dad got a real kick out of (pun intended) which was on the route.

So…. 47 years later after moving part time to ONC, I went on a quest to find the Kicking Machine again with my dad.   Thanks to the internet and a dad with a great memory, it was not that hard to find on the side of the road!   My dad clearly got a kick out of finding the ‘ole kicking machine.

Then, this past December my eldest daughter and I were in the area — and I had to tell her the story and stop and visit so she would know where to go if she ever felt the need to kick herself in the derriere.

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My daughter, getting kicked in the derriere.

Hard to believe, that a visit to the Tom Haywood’s Kicking Machine could be such a fun time —  but it sure gave us a good kick.

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It’s easy to find for those that that would like to have a good kicking….    It’s located in front of Martha’s Favorite Things on US 70 a little over 9 miles south of the intersection of Hwy 55/US 17 at New Bern, NC.

Here are a couple of links that provide additional information:

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/2705

http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/11/12/3338801_kicking-machine-caught-on-in-eastern.html?rh=1

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