[Homeroast] OT but I am still alive after another close call

Michael Mccandless mcsparky6670 at gmail.com
Tue May 24 18:05:56 CDT 2011


Starting another Granny garden are we?

McSparky


On Tue, May 24, 2011 at 10:46 AM, g paris p <pchforever at gmail.com> wrote:

> My god Jim:
>
> thank god your alright. love to you and family. I will come over and take
> that 430
> off your hands so you don't continue to get into trouble.
>
> ginny
>
> On Mon, May 23, 2011 at 7:49 PM, Bob Glasscock <eglasscock at centurytel.net
> >wrote:
>
> > Hey Jim,
> > Very sorry to hear about your accident but very happy to hear you came
> out
> > of it with your skin. Very scary situation. Hope you are able to roast
> and
> > enjoy your coffee.  --
> >  Bob Glasscock
> > Greenville, AL
> >
> >
> >
> > Quoting Jim Gundlach <pecanjim at bellsouth.net>:
> >
> >> Tuesday I was out moving earth with my 1962 Case 430 tractor to build a
> >> pond. In the process I had rather stupidly built a rather tall pile of
> dirt
> >> that gave
> >> me a rather long view of the word around me and as I was headed up that
> >> pile
> >> with a scoop of dirt, I drifted to the side and in reaction I pushed the
> >> clutch
> >> in and the tractor rolled backward off the edge of the pile of dirt and
> >> rolled
> >> over, landing top down.  During the fall my head hit the fender hard
> >> enough to
> >> knock me out and cut a three and half inch strip to my skull that had
> >> never
> >> before seen daylight.  When I regained consciousness I found that I was
> >> pinned
> >> face down under the tractor.  The tractor and the blade together weigh
> >> more than
> >> two tons.  I was generally unable to move.  My glasses were covered with
> >> blood
> >> so I had to scrape them off just by dragging my face agains the ground
> so
> >> I
> >> could see.  My left arm was pinned under the rear fender and the upper
> >> portion
> >> of my right arm was pinned down by the steering wheel.  My left leg was
> >> generally free but my right leg was pinned in front of the gear shift
> >> lever and
> >> under the steering wheel which was pushed down below the top of the
> shift
> >> lever.  I yelled for help a few times but I knew I was out where there
> was
> >> less than
> >> one chance in a hundred that anyone would be close enough to hear me.  I
> >> was
> >> able to reach my left arm with the free part of my right and I slowly
> dug
> >> the
> >> dirt and clay out from under my arm with my right fingers.  It took
> quite
> >> a
> >> while but I got the left arm free and then turned to digging out the
> clay
> >> under
> >> my upper right arm and after what seemed a very long time I managed to
> get
> >> that
> >> arm free also.  I then turned to getting my right leg out of the
> gearshift
> >> lever/steering wheel vice.  I found that I could not get my boot to come
> >> out so
> >> I had to rearrange myself to be able to reach, untie, and remove the
> boot.
> >>  I
> >> then rearranged myself till my nose almost reached my right toes with a
> >> strait
> >> right leg.  Bending that much with a 67 year old body was tough but I
> did
> >> manage.  After
> >> I was essentially free it took a while to figure out a route out from
> >> under the
> >> tractor but I finally made it out by following the unpinned leg.  I
> walked
> >> from
> >> the back to the front of our ten acre plot and got to the house.  I
> called
> >> my
> >> wife and told her what happened and asked her to come and get me.  After
> >> that I
> >> started to go into shock so I simply laid down on the ground at the end
> of
> >> the
> >> porch and put my legs up the steps and waited close to half an hour for
> >> her to
> >> get home.
> >> At the emergency room they x-rayed my skull and found the bones had held
> >> up
> >> quite well.  After getting the cut cleaned up and stitched, I was able
> to
> >> go
> >> ahead and come home.  And, on Tuesday I missed my early afternoon
> coffee.
> >>      pecan jim
> >>
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