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More Geek Wounds [graphic]

  1. Mar 23, 2006 #1

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    Yeah, engineering can be dangerous if you are an idiot. Today, I was in an attic - one that I had just commented on how open it was - when I ducked under one duct and came back up into the corner of a flanged joint between two sections of the next duct. It didn't hurt much, so I was thinking I was ok, but then I felt the cut and came back with fingers covered in blood. In seconds, it was running down my face. I was looking for something to stop the bleeding, but I liked my shirt and couldn't figure out how to get it off to get to my t-shirt, so I just leaned forward and cupped my right hand under my face to catch the dripping. I yelled for my assistant and he came with me (I climbed down a short ladder with one hand on the ladder and the other holding a teaspoon-full of blood). Fortunately, we were in a partially occupied, but fully-staffed nursing home, so while I went to the bathroom to get some paper-towels and clean some of the blood off my face and hands, my assistant found the nearest nursing station. They said the cut was borderline on whether or not it would need stitches, cleaned it up, shaved some of the hair around it, and sent me on my way.

    My boss's wife is a nurse as well and we work out of his house, so I stopped on the way (I was driving - for a gusher, it actually stopped bleeding relatively fast, though it was still oozing a little) for some biga$$ bandaids and drove back to the home/office. One of my coworkers trimmed my hair with a clippers and tried to clip it close to the cut - but hooked it and pulled it back open. After it dried a little, my boss's wife cleaned it, put some butterfly bandages on it, and slapped a bigass band-aid over top of it.

    Since my coworker did such a crappy job cutting my hair, the bandages were all coming off, so I bought myself a barber-style clipper and redid it all myself. I also used some liquid bandage (really just superglue) and redid all of the bandages.

    I guess I'll be wearing a hat everywhere I go for the next week....

    Moral of the story: dumb engineers should wear hardhats, but they don't because they are dumb.

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  3. Mar 23, 2006 #2

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    Oh geeze. :bugeye: :eek: :surprised I hope it will be ok. I'll bet it will hurt tomorrow.
     
  4. Mar 23, 2006 #3

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    I'm just glad your shoulders are hairier than mine. :rofl:

    That sucks man, particularly the part where your friend caught it in the clipper and ripped it back open. I got a bit squeamish on that bit.

    Hope you heal up quick, man. Maybe someone makes some "stylish" hard hats?

    - Warren
     
  5. Mar 23, 2006 #4

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    Evo, isn't this the sort of thing that normally happens to you?

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  6. Mar 23, 2006 #5
    My, what a fun day you had! Hope it heals well for you, luckly duct work gives it a nice clean cut.
     
  7. Mar 23, 2006 #6

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    Maybe you could use some duct tape on it, to complete the irony?

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  8. Mar 23, 2006 #7

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    Yep, except I'd never shave my head.
     
  9. Mar 23, 2006 #8

    chroot

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    Is it true that chicks dig scars?

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  10. Mar 23, 2006 #9

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    Dang it I was just about to...
    :grumpy:
     
  11. Mar 23, 2006 #10

    Evo

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    No.

    Can we get rid of this minimum character limit? :grumpy:
     
  12. Mar 23, 2006 #11

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    Then you'd just have people posting smilies which is really annoying
    :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:
     
  13. Mar 23, 2006 #12

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    :grumpy: .....
     
  14. Mar 23, 2006 #13

    chroot

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    :frown: I bet Russ looks pretty bad-ass now with his shaved head, though.

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  15. Mar 23, 2006 #14

    chroot

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    Cheer up, dear. You're just upset that someone else got injured this time, aren't ya?

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  16. Mar 23, 2006 #15

    Evo

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    I'm overdue for a major injury. I fixed my excersize bike last week and everyone was certain I would hurt myself once I got on it.
     
  17. Mar 23, 2006 #16

    Evo

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    He needs to milk this injury and get the girls fussing over him. :tongue:
     
  18. Mar 23, 2006 #17

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    Yes, exactly! They'll all be competing to dress the good Sir's wound.

    How can you hurt yourself on a stationary bike?! Unlike real bike riding, there are no SUVs driven by teenagers on cellphones, no Buicks piloted by old blue-hairs, nothing...

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  19. Mar 23, 2006 #18

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    Says who? Either one is equally likely to end up in her exercise room.
     
  20. Mar 23, 2006 #19

    Evo

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    You forget who you're talking to. I almost killed myself standing in front of a fence. I lost my balance and fell into it and impaled my wrist. A "stationary" bike has moving parts.
     
  21. Mar 23, 2006 #20

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    Be careful, Evo. Your computer uses electricity. I'm sure if anyone could find a way to kill themselves with +5V, it'd be you. :redface:

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  22. Mar 23, 2006 #21

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    Since my house has been hit by lightning three times, with varying degrees of damage, and I got zapped pretty hard one of those times when I was on the phone, I wouldn't doubt it. :frown:
     
  23. Mar 23, 2006 #22
    So long as you keep the training wheels on you'll be fine Evo.
     
  24. Mar 23, 2006 #23

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    I think that she's immune to electricity. After all, the 220 3-phase that her vibrator runs on hasn't done any noticeable damage.

    <I'll just be running away now...>
     
  25. Mar 23, 2006 #24

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    Ouch!
    Yep, especially around duct work. Hard hats have saved me lots of time.

    But did manage something like that in my kitchen a couple of years ago. My wife opened a cabinet door right above me. Then I promptly stood up and caught the corner of the door - lights out momentarily and stars - and a nice bloody gash. I just put ice on it and let it dry.
     
  26. Mar 23, 2006 #25

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    Awww...I guess Russ saw Pengwuino getting all that sympathy for a burned finger and thought he had to outdo him. :biggrin:

    *kisses Russ' boo boo*

    Geez, they did a butcher job on your hair, didn't they? And that's going to leave quite a scar. And probably REALLY hurt by tomorrow (if it isn't already throbbing tonight).

    You may have to suck it up and look goofy wearing a shower cap for a few days so you don't knock the scab off every time you shower.
     
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