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ER nights
Sacramento News and Review

A 50-something man with a gray mane and goatee, a dead ringer for a rough-hewn Kris Kristofferson, keeps one eye on the Vikings-Packers game while chatting with strangers inside Sutter General Hospital’s emergency room. This is his fifth hour seated in a turquoise-green chair. Turns out, he’s here this Saturday night for the same reason most Sacramentans end up in the ER: He fell.

In his case, the culprits were ice skates, the occasion an outing with his 6-year-old daughter at the downtown rink. Oops. Feet in the air, head to the ground. “A compression fracture of my vertebra!” The diagnosis rolls of Kristofferson’s tongue.