August 14, 2006

Lucky Days

Saturday, I did an incredibly talented thing. We had gone out into the bay, and stopped on an island for the day. About three quarters of the way through the day, we had some heavy rains hit, but no lightning, so we stayed out and enjoyed the rain. After about an hour, they passed, and the sun came back out. A nice wind kicked up, drying everything off, but also making the water a bit choppy.

When we left, I went up front to pull up the anchor. I almost lost my balance once, as I was walking out, so I should have known what was about to happen. Anyway, the boat is going forward, I'm pulling up the slack, and we pass the anchor (which was firmly anchored, I might add). Normally, if you just brace yourself, you can let the boat's motion pull the anchor free. Saturday... I don't know what happened. One second, I'm doing fine, the next second, my feet were up over my head, and I SLAMMED down onto the deck. I tore my back to hell. Thank gott I missed a two inch long, 1/4 inch pin that was sticking up from the anchor line door... by a whole inch. They are still laughing about

SWEET!!!! A DOLPHIN JUST WENT UP THE CANAL AS I WAS TYPING!!! (I'm outside enjoying a thunderstorm)

Anyways, they are still laughing about how , when they asked if I was alright, I faintly said, 'No. No, I'm not." I don't remember that. I do, however, remember hanging on to the damn anchor... at least I was focused. Not only did I scrape the hell out of my back, I bruised the top of one foot, and the bottom of the other. Then, as my cousin was trying to clean up the mess, the frickin' bench dropped out from under me. Oh, it was awesome.

Yesterday, I didn't hurt too bad, except for the foot where I bruised the top, and that was only because of wearing my boots. I imagine that if I were going barefoot, all would have been cool.

Today, damn. My back was killing me. Luckily, we picked up some orders, a good number of them, so I was too busy to think about how much it hurt. We worked late, and got home about six. I called the cousin's hubby to let him know that I was putting off working out until tomorrow, when I walked into my room, and SUPRISE! A 2 x 3 chunk of ceiling is laying on my bed... and the bed is soaked. The air conditioning unit is jacked up. So I spend the next few minutes cleaning that up, and then make my way up into the attic.

The attic was designed for serpentine access. There's a trap door in a closet, but you've got to put a ladder outside of the closet in order to climb up. There is a shelf (not removable) that comes out almost to the front of the closet, and a couple of feet from the top of the closet door. In my present condition, it took awhile, but I made my way up. Coming down was no problem, either... one tip of the ladder, and you come a long way out of that attic fast. No, I didn't fall. Exactly. I caught myself, giving myself another nice cut on my hand.

My aunt has told me that she thinks I may be bad luck. I didn't tell her the old saying that my sister and I used to use: "Joe luck is no luck." And sometimes, it seems to be true. But I've gotta say, in this case, I know it's not true. That damn thing would have fallen on me while I was sleeping, if so!

So, how was your day?

Posted by That 1 Guy at August 14, 2006 05:53 PM | TrackBack

Ok, sorry you hurt yourself and all - yada yada yada, but HEY - what'd I ever do to you?!?! Dolphins, boating, sun, sittin' out enjoyin' the thunderstorm????? YOU'RE LIVING MY LIFE damnit!!!! Hey. Maybe THAT'S what's up with your clumsiness lately. You're morphin' into my alter ego! HA! You're in some trouble now!!!

Seriously - be careful. 'mkay. **shaking head**

Oh, and for the record. 10 years boating - I've NEVER had an accident on the water/boat. EVER. ;-)

Posted by: Tammi at August 14, 2006 06:09 PM

Okay - sounds like you need to at least be burning some sage and clearing some demons...

If not, I recommend equal parts Guinness and ibuprofin. Okay... so maybe not *equal* parts... but you know where I am headed....

Take care of yourself!

Posted by: Richmond at August 14, 2006 08:43 PM

Two things:
1) Why were you wearing boots? Is this a shrimp boat? Were these Biker Joe Harley Boots...on a boat? Don't make me and Tammi come down there and teach you nautical attire and etiquette.

2) Joe in the attic. I'm scared just thinking of you testing out the strength of the attic beams. Don't you have any little skinny cousins down there to shove up into the attic?

Hope the Joe Luck turns around.

Posted by: Jerry at August 14, 2006 09:52 PM

sir, I believe we already discussed the need to pay attention and stay focussed at all times.... This is one of those things that reminds me... OH! MONKEY!...

Posted by: RSM at August 14, 2006 10:01 PM

... sorry about that... and about this luck thing... I've had the chance to have dinner with you mutliple times and just talk. I've shared hops with you. I count myself pretty lucky for that.

Posted by: RSM at August 14, 2006 10:03 PM

Tell your Aunt she's wrong, Your being there is good luck.Sounds like you're helping to get the biz to a good place. You do need to work on the attire though. Boots? Whaddaya thinkin???

Posted by: Biloxi at August 14, 2006 10:32 PM

...and i thought i had a hard day...yours most certainly takes the cake...congratulations?

Posted by: at August 14, 2006 11:02 PM

Dolphins is cool! Used to surf with them. Big show-offs.

Posted by: 40 Ounce Loudmouth at August 14, 2006 11:09 PM

Dude! Please tell me you were not wearing shorts with those boots! That is pure PA redneck! Seriously though, if you have an attack of Tammi-itis, you better watch out for the fans!

Posted by: oddybobo at August 15, 2006 07:02 AM

Sounds like someone could use a big, greasy cheeseburger...

And a cervesa fría.

Posted by: tree hugging sister at August 15, 2006 07:33 AM

Ummm... can I laugh now? Are you sufficiently out of danger? *grin*

Posted by: Teresa at August 15, 2006 12:44 PM

What the heck. Dude, it's a sign that you're living in the wrong state. God is sending you warnings.

Posted by: Contagion at August 15, 2006 05:07 PM

Hey! I've been wondering how things are going -- I haven't heard from you in a coon's age. For Shame! :)

Sounded like you were in some old slapstick comedy. Maybe A&C or Red Skelton? Maybe? Definite example of said "Joe Luck", but as you pointed out (and I would have if you missed the fact...) you could have been in bed when the ceiling gave. Now THAT would not be fun.

Hope your luck improves! Miss ya, and tell the family Hi! (Sorry this turned out to be a letter...)

--Your little Sis

Posted by: at August 15, 2006 06:40 PM

Man, you ain't got bad luck... You're just accident prone. I broke more bones before I was 15 then I had facial hairs...

Posted by: RedNeck at August 16, 2006 04:14 PM