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Well I have some bad and some good news to talk about this time.
I was working on a friends model airplane engine when
one of the motor mount screws broke causing the engine to let loose.
I was standing to the side when this happened and did not get out of
the way soon enough.
The prop cut through my index finger and through the web between
my thumb and index finger with some more cuts to the index and middle fingers
after about 7 hours in the ER. and some 48 stitches everything is back together
I have two pins in the index finger for about three more weeks and
will have limited movement in that finger.
I feel lucky it could have been a lot worse.
The engines that we fly with are safe it is when we find ourselves not paying attention
to what we are doing that they become dangerous.
We have to remember that these engines are spinning a prop at 2000 to 16000 rpm
and that these props are a double edged knife that can and will get you if
you don't respect that fact.
What happen to me was an accident we should have used larger bolts
but we didn't in the future I will. We learn from our mistakes.
below is a picture of the morning after.
That is the engine that got me it is a 4.5 HP spinning a 16X8 prop at 8000 rpm.
Well it's September 15 2003 and the pins are out of my finger I have about 1.5"
of movement for now I am working with it everyday to get more.
The doctor said that there may not be much more movement.
I saved the pins and I am going to mount them on my flight box as a reminder to myself
and to the people that see them to think before we act.
The following was sent to me by my friend Larry
STROLL WITH ME.
let me know if these bring back good memories
Stroll with me.... Close your eyes.... And go back...
before the Internet ... before bombings, aids, herpes
before semiautomatics and crack ... before SEGA or
Super Nintendo ... way back!
I'm talking about sitting on the curb, sitting on the
stoop...about hide-and-go-seek; Simon says and
red-light-green-light. Lunch boxes with a thermos ...
chocolate milk, going home for lunch, penny candy
from the store, hopscotch, butterscotch, skates with
keys, jacks and Cracker Jacks, hula hoops and
sunflower seeds, wax lips and mustaches, Mary Jane's,
saddle shoes and Coke bottles with the names of cities
on the bottom.
Remember when it took five minutes for the TV to warm up.
When nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids
arrived home from school.
When nobody owned a purebred dog. When a quarter was
a decent allowance.
When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.
When your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces.
When all of your male teachers wore neckties and female
teachers had their hair done everyday and wore high heels.
Remember running through the sprinkler, circle pins,
bobby pins, Mickey Mouse Club, Rocky and Bullwinkle,
Kookla, Fran and Ollie, Spin and Marty...Dick Clark's American
Bandstand ... all in black and white and your Mom made you
turn it off when a storm came.
When around the corner seemed far away, and going downtown
seemed like going somewhere. Climbing trees, making forts,
backyard shows, lemonade stands, cops and robbers, cowboys
and Indians, staring at clouds, jumping on the bed, pillow fights,
ribbon candy, angel hair on the Christmas tree, Jackie Gleason,
white gloves, walking to the movie theater, running till you were out
of breath, laughing so hard that your stomach hurt...remember that?
Not stepping on a crack or you'd break your mother's back,
paper-chains at Christmas, silhouettes of Lincoln and Washington,
the smells of school, of paste and, Evening in Paris.
What about the girl who dotted her i's with hearts?
(that was before that stupid smiley face)!
The Stroll, popcorn balls and sock hops?
Remember when there were just two types of sneakers
for girls and boys - Kids and PF Flyers, and the only time
you wore them at school was for gym. And the girls had those
ugly gym uniforms.
When you got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas
pumped, without asking -- all for free -- every time! And, you didn't
pay for air either, and you got trading stamps to boot!
When laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden
inside the box.
When it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner
at a real restaurant with your parents. When the worst thing you
could do at school was flunk a test or chew gum. And the prom was
in the gym or the lunchroom and you danced to a real orchestra.
When they threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed -- and
When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared
to the fate that awaited the student at home.
Basically, we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn't because of
drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc. Our parents and grandparents
were a much bigger threat!
But we survived because their love was so much greater than
Remember when a '57 Chevy was everyone's dream car -- used
to cruise, peel out, lay rubber, scratch off or watch the
When people went steady; and girls wore a class ring with an
inch of wrapped Band-Aids, dental floss, or yarn coated with
pastel-frost nail polish so it would fit their finger.
When no one ever asked where the car keys were because they
were always in the car, in the ignition, and the car and house doors
were never locked!
Remember lying on your back on the grass with your friends and
saying things like "That cloud looks like a..." And playing baseball
with no adults needed to enforce the rules of the game.
Remember when stuff from the store came without safety caps and
hermetic seals, because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect
And, with all our progress, don't you just wish, that just once you
could slip back in time and savor the slower pace...and share it with
the children of today?
So send this on to someone who can still remember Nancy Drew,
The Hardy Boys, Laurel and Hardy, Howdy Dowdy and The Peanut
Gallery, The Lone Ranger and Tonto, The Shadow Knows, Nellie Belle,
Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk... As well as the sound of a real
mower on Saturday morning, and Summers filled with bike rides,
baseball games, bowling, visits to the pool .... And eating Kool-Aid
Powder with sugar from the palm of your hand.
There, didn't that feel good? Just to lean back and say:
Pass this on to those who might remember, and to those who
can see what might be missing.
Have some fun, take a kid fishing!
until next time
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