Near disasters 2005, anyone?

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    Did anyone have any near-disasters in 2005?

    I saved my best for yesterday.

    I like chopping firewood. It's fun, it's good exercise, and I'm good at it (before yesterday), even though I only do it about 2-3 times a year, always cold sober and well rested (including yesterday).

    The last time (before yesterday), I did it was a few weeks ago, for a buddy of mine who lives in the sticks, uses a wood stove, and has a bad back.

    He has a bunch of whole tree trunks, 12-16" thick. He chainsawed them into logs about 16" long, and I spent about four hours chopping them. A regular maul could not get through the damn things on the first swing, or the second, or the third, so I had to use a heavy duty number with a equilateral triangular head weighing about twice as much. Once the section is cut in half, the regular maul will do, and I cut 4-6 smaller logs out of the original one.

    In my life I must have taken thousands of swings with an axe, with no problems at all (before yesterday).

    With ALL my other cuts, the sections would fly off perpendicular to the direction I was facing, before yesterday, when a piece of wood shot straight at me and hit me in the left leg, just below the knee.

    It stung like a son of a bitch for about five minutes. Then the pain went completely away, no limp, or anything. I almost quit, but I didn't want to get gun-shy so I did about 10 more minutes of chopping.

    I go inside for a few cold ones, and forget about the leg until I took off my clothes to shower. I almost freaked out: there was a frigging knot the size of a walnut on my leg. Naturally, it started hurting as soon as I looked at it. I wail for my sister, who I am visiting, who is an RN. She was aghast. Ice pack, elevation, and immobility. I was afraid the leg would lock up on me over night, but it didn't, and I am getting around fine now.

    So what's the big near-disaster deal about a little wussy ding on the leg?

    Well, if that piece of wood had hit me a foot higher, I would now be singing soprano.
     
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    I can break an axe handle in a heartbeat.
    I have had a maul hit me in the leg...You WIMP!:)
     
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    well about two weeks ago i am gardening and i walk between two shrubs to get to my composte pile and a twig jabs me in the eye.... twice....

    i end up blind in one eye for a week until my cornea regenerated

    kinda stressfull time as there is not much call for blind architects
     
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    And it HURTS like HELL, too! Been there.
     
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    thats why we who rough it wear safety glasses and shin guards while working in brusy areas and while splitting wood...saves alot of unecessary pain! :spank3:
     
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    Car accident while visiting Mom in Colorado. Just toodling along with my mother and son when a guy coming the opposite direction decides to turn in front of me. I managed to avoid the head-on but we got T-boned pretty good. No injuries so we were fortunate but dealing with insurance companies and my mother was so innane that my patience was stretched to the breaking point.
     
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    Wonder how pale rider is doing about now...seems as if Reno is flooding again...When I moved to Northern Nevada back in 1994 I looked at Reno and said hell no...looks like a flood zone...well back in 97 Reno flooded when the temp dropped and rain began... and melted the snow up around Tahoe...as a reserve deputy we had to evacuate the poor fools living next to the Truckee River in Lockwood...since I chose to live up on the hill in VC...I have been spared this trauma...so to be a oldie has it's rewards! :laugh:
     
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    Depends!
     
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    On what?...please bring us up to date on your depends experience...Viagra maybe? LOL


    side note: sorry dude ya told me in another post to sharpen my Stylist or whatever...so I did, no offense intended....I just like to accomodate!
     

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