View Full Version : OT- Expensive crappy day

03-14-2005, 07:55 PM
This is off topic, but had to share/vent

To start the day off, I arrive at a clients office. Prior to getting there, I put my cell phone between my legs on the car seat after using it. I park, open the door, swing my legs out and there goes my cell phone. Straight shot into a city sewer. No bounce, no deflection, straight the hell in and splash.

You must understand, I am tied to that cell phone for business reasons. My cell is my desk almost.

I call my wife from the office i was visiting. She laughs at me. So we decide to meet at the store to buy me a new cell.

On the way out, I kick the man hole. It moves!! I lift it up. And there 5ft down is a hole filled with water and plastic bottles and bags. No sign of the cell phone which has been underwater for 30 mins now. I decide I am not climbing down there in my expensive dress shoes, expensive slacks and golf shirt.

So I replace the manhole lid and move on.

Later today, and another clients office. I go to the bathroom and I am retucking my shirt. Well, I sliced my finger up last nite with a razor blade and I have gotten blood all over my golf shirt!!!! The Elmo Band Aid came off!!!

Each item in itself isnt so bad. But add them up and it kinda sucks.

Thanks for laughing

03-14-2005, 07:56 PM
Although, the new cell phone is way cool.. its got Bluetooth!!!!!

Maybe I can get a new shirt at Nordies with Bluetooth????????

03-14-2005, 08:07 PM
The Day the limb hit me on the arm, heading toward my head?

I went in to get some brake fluid, the fluid was on the top shelf with some spray cans. I moved the spray cans down to my "beater table" where I form metal. I stretched up to get the fluid off the top shelf dropping it to the floor where it split the bottle, Bending over rapidly to scoop it up, my forehead hit the spray nozzles on the cans of paint nearly painting my head three different colors. I then went outside holding the leaking brake fluid bottle. Butch, my dog decided the way I was holding it up real high it must be something tasty so he started jumping up really high to get him a taste.

Of course I broke a bolt off in the brake job, Left the lil plastic stopper in the brake hose hole in the caliper, Of course it tore as it was coming out, I looked at the hyd jack holding up the car, looked at where I had to stick my head to see/get the lil plastic cap out.. YEP, the way the day was going I went and got a block of firewood to prop the car up on.

My Day could have been much worse.


John Stevenson
03-14-2005, 08:23 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by ibewgypsie:
. I stretched up to get the fluid off the top shelf dropping it to the floor where it split the bottle, Bending over rapidly to scoop it up, my forehead hit the spray nozzles on the cans of paint nearly painting my head three different colors.

Thanks for that, gotta be a classic.
Off to bed now still chuckling about a sike a delic hells angel. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

03-14-2005, 09:36 PM
At least you didn't go to work with a pair of wifes panties statically clung to the back of your dress shirt.... http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif I hate it when that happens.

03-14-2005, 09:45 PM
I had to have my taxes done by March 1, so my son could have the figures for appling for scolarships. I was half done with them when the software told me I should down load an updated form. The down load is going to take 90 seconds. About 80 seconds into it the power blinks seven times, and the UPS takes care of the first six times but everything crashes on the seventh. I should be ok because I saved my work before I started the down load, right. I did save it but the surge corupted the data. I called tect suport (for $9.99) they tell me I have no choise but to uninstall the program and start over.
Second time around, I am almost done and the program crashes. I call tect suport again, this time they are able to fix the problem, and I finish Just in time to E-mail my son just in time.
Gary P. Hansen

03-14-2005, 09:57 PM
Well there have been so many days like yours I quit counting http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

I finished up a brake job on our 1968 Datsun forklift today,first time it has stopped on a dime since 1975 http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif
I was on a roll,I had all my ducks in a row,unfortunately Mr Murphey had those ducks firmly in his sights.

The next task was fixing a sticky b-port backgear slide,simple....ya,right.First screw I touched pulled the threads out with it,arbor bearing lock nut did the same and finally both shift studs also stripped,okay there goes tommorrow http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

J Tiers
03-14-2005, 10:13 PM
Hmmm....Didn't get in a lick of work on my own projects today. Four other people's projects took up the whole day and made me late leaving at that.

Not all bad, since I had all of my current projects handed off to others (PC layout, samples, questions for vendor. But I sure didn't get a head start on anything else, which I was sort of counting on.

Now all the stuff that's hanging will drop on me at once.

Milacron of PM
03-14-2005, 11:12 PM
About 3 years ago the little wire that holds one of the nose pads on my wire frame glasses broke halfway, so I had the bright idea to solder it back. Devil of a time holding it in proper position for soldering.

Had it all heated up nicely, wire falls off unto the floor, I can't see it without the glasses so I instinctively put on the glasses to see...

Hot on skin is bad enough, but hot and sharp on the thin skin of the upper nose give 'D'oh !' new meaning indeed...

03-14-2005, 11:28 PM
I think today was just that kind of day for everyone.

Started out...needed to tack weld something...no mig gas

Two hours and 50 bucks later, got mig gas (also got an argon tank..traded in an old oxygen that i had).

Started grinding, lost grip on part, fell into grinder and jammed the wheel, lucky it didn't blow the wheel. An hour later, did it again.

Went to cut something on the bandsaw, switch was broken. Tried to just cut the wire, splice it in fast like, four wires to the motor...dont know what they are without taking the switch out. Had to disassemble everything on the damn bandsaw to get to that switchbox.

Got something welded up, beautiful welds...six inches too long, cut and weld back together.

Radial arm saw threw a piece of plastic at me...hate the radial arm saw...need to get a table saw.

hmm...know there was more, but i blocked most of it out http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

glad it wasn't just me!


03-15-2005, 01:31 AM
Was doing some soldering at the electronic bench a while back. I fumbled the iron and it was heading for the floor. Fortunately I caught it so it didn't break the expensive removable 15 watt element. Bad thing is I caught it by the hot end, $%^&%$#@$%. I dropped it again anyway. Good thing is it didn't break. Bad thing is because it landed on carpet it began to melt the carpet with alacrity.

03-15-2005, 02:15 AM
I just went to the hardware store to get the bolts, etc for the linear encoder to calibrate my Shizouka with. Well, make that back to the hardware store, and all the way into town to Harbor Freight. Turns out, the encoder's got metric threads (Doh!), and the spare magnetic base I was going to use to hold the encoder head is totally awol (at least, when I got to HF, the mag bases were on sale, so I got two of 'em). Well, at least nothing broke - yet, anyway! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

I should know better - it's a Monday. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//tongue.gif

[This message has been edited by hammerhead74000 (edited 03-15-2005).]

03-15-2005, 02:31 AM
Speaking of soldering...I was working in a lab today, at a bench soldering. The fellow next to me was having an animated conversation with the soldering iron in his hand, and waved it right through the cord to my soldering iron. Of course it melted straight through the insulation, and shorted the two wires together. Threw up quite the shower of sparks until I got it unplugged from the wall. Quite exciting.


03-15-2005, 02:39 AM

Dave Opincarne
03-15-2005, 02:57 AM
Well I dope slaped myself on the forehead once forgetting that I had pushed my safety glasses up there a moment before. The molded plastic nose piece made two nice deep cuts as its edges were pushed into my skin. Dohh!


That's why I pay the $3 month phone insurance.

Your Old Dog
03-15-2005, 05:05 AM
I was out of country awhile back. I was missing my wife so I sent her a card and in my scrabbly handwriting signed it, "having a great time, wish you were her"

Otherwise, things are just "peachy" in my life http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif I'm even getting used to the coach.

03-15-2005, 09:19 AM
Old Dog, I wouldnt have lived long enough to enjoy the couch.

Dave, I had that cell for 2yrs 3mos. I think I paid 19 dollars for it because of the new service deal.

They new one cost me $245 up front. But bye extending the excellent contract that I already have and cannot get anymore or anywhere else, I get a 150 rebate.

Lets hope today is better for all of us. We need it

03-15-2005, 11:34 AM
I have a pair of glasses where one of the lenses pops out frequently. I had just about finished up in the bathroom, and when I stood up, the lens popped out and dropped into the toilet. Man if I had only flushed before it fell. I looked down, thought about how long it would take to get another lens, and then reached into the dark abyss to retrieve the lens. I stood up and nearly gagging ran over to the sink to begin the task of cleaning both my hand and the lens. About half way through the process my wife yells out for me in the backyard. It sounded serious so I ran to the back door. Seems the dog had just swallowed her popsicle stick and all. I ran for the dog. I guess I was going to try and grab his mouth and look for the stick. I got to him, and I assume the smell of my previous adventure sent him for the back 40 of our yard. My wife asked what is the dog’s problem. “I don’t know honey” Later that day we took the dog to my wife’s office and x-rayed him. There was the popsicle stick. It passed out his back end in one piece a few days later, and I still have my glasses.

Sprague M
03-15-2005, 11:46 AM
Yesterday was bad. Of course I discovered that this morning. Checked first part off machine. BAD. Holes and slot off by .06.
I think we all know that heart pounding throat closing feeling. I look over at the previous days run. And started checking....
Yep 22 of 60 pcs scrap..@ 34.50 each, and almost finished.
On a brighter note, the distraction that took my attention was the birth of a new foal( baby horse). We also farm with Draft Horses and this was the fourth colt born in as many years.
So far today is good (but thats what I thought yesterday).


03-15-2005, 03:01 PM
I think we all have our bad days, and usually when I have a bad day, I just remind myself that it could be worse.

Here's a link to some embarassing stories that should make anyone feel better when they're having a bad day.

WARNING, if you are easily offended, do not click on this link, some of the stories are crude, and or gross. The rest of you guys will probably have a good laugh.

Lynn Standish
03-15-2005, 03:25 PM
Regarding cell phones.....

Another guy in the office here told me yesterday that he accidentally knocked his company cell phone off his belt clip and into the toilet while he was taking a leak. Typical of him. He retrieved it http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//eek.gif

Today, he came back from lunch with a new $200 phone and gave the invoice to accounting. Again typical. Wonder if they'll reimburse him? I wouldn't.

03-15-2005, 05:13 PM
Here's a little piece borrowed from a book.
Takes place in a Tune Up shop.

Whiny is working under his own car when an English lady, owner of two dachshunds (who love Whiny) stops in to schedule some work.


"The dachshunds came boiling under the coupe, started barking and I guess it scared heck out of Whiny. He tried to sit up and promptly bashed his head on the chassis which made his head fly back and strike the cement floor which made him try to sit up then he banged his head on the chassis again.
Just one of those deals where you can’t make yourself stop. Whiny banged his forehead into the chassis three times and on the floor three times.
I don’t know when he knocked himself all the way out, probably the last time around.
In the end, he just laid there."


I hate to admit it, the story taken from personal experience....

03-15-2005, 05:53 PM
That cell phone insurance is well worth it---our 3 yr old microwaved my last one.That's my good insurance story for today,now here's the bad one.Our daughter got a DUI back in December and our ins co. has dropped her.Spent most of this afternoon getting quotes---ouch.I will sure be glad when she's out of school and on her own.

charlie coghill
03-15-2005, 08:06 PM
Don't worry Rich they come back to haunt you. I speed form personal experience. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//mad.gif

charlie coghill
03-15-2005, 08:18 PM
This past Sunday was not a good day First I bumped the back of my hand, I invented a few new cuss words which I will be getting a pattented on. Next the front tire on the dump truck developed a leak, maybe a tube seperation, the trunk had not been used for at least 24 hours.
Now I want to put the steam engine in the boat and start getting the boat ready for summer. The table tipped and dumped the engine off on the floor. Broke off both nipples that held the cross over pipe on, also it broke off the cylinder oiler. From this stand point I was lucky I got out of the way and let it fall, the engine weights 600#. I was able to remove the broken nipples with a hacksaw blade and pipe wrench. More cuss words which I will pattent. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//mad.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//mad.gif