Outsource the yard work!

Discussion in 'Off Topic [DB]' started by Danny Adair, Jun 23, 2004.

  1. ... either that or learn how to use the tools safely.

    I get the pleasure of a multi-week indefinite playing vacation due to a most unfortunate run-in with an edger. 19 stitches in my left first and fourth fingers later, I'm in a splint for a week and hoping my fourth finger somehow grows back together normally somehow.

    I'm an idiot. :(

    Warning: you might find the attached picture gross.

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  2. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    Oh man. Looks like you're lucky you're still in possession of that pinky.

    Heal well, Danny.
  3. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    San Francisco, CA
  4. Indeed, Marcus. I imagine that if that blade had hit a bit higher I might not have part of the pinky. Miraculously, there were no bone breaks, just deep cuts. Also miraculous was the apparent lack of obvious tendon damage. Once the stitches are out and the swelling is down I will be beating down the door of the friendly neighborhood hand specialist.

    Sorry, hdiddy - I didn't realize a thumbnail would appear.
  5. Nick Ara

    Nick Ara

    Jul 22, 2002
    Long Island, NY
    The picture really brings back memories.

    I DID go a bit further with a table saw a long time ago, to the point of "partial amputation". Same finger, right hand. Two surgerys and a small steel rod later, the pinky is still there, albeit in vestige mode.

    This was in 1978 and most people thought I was nuts to try and save it, including most doctors I consulted. Overall, I'm glad I elected to have the operations.

    It hasn't hurt my playing stringed instruments, so if the injury had to happen to ANY digit, the right hand pinky was least important. Unless you play lefty!

    Stay with it, you'll be fine soon enough.
  6. Dan, Dan, Danny Jesus.....Stay away from that ****!!!
    Thank God, I finally got to the stage in life where I can hire people to do that ****! Maybe you should think about it.....
    :scowl: :scowl: :scowl:

    Best healing wishes!!
  7. I know, I know. I was just being an over-ambitious and over-eager young new homeowner trying to get things perfect. Too bad I was using the tool the wrong way. :rollno:

    BTW your playing is pretty freaking nice, Paul. I'm flattered to be admonished by ya. I wish my trip to Denver this Tuesday were longer than a day trip; I'd love to come catch you out somewhere. Next time...
  8. toytech


    Mar 22, 2004
    San Leandro
    A friend of mine some years ago who played electric bass cut off the tips of three of his fret hand fingers reaching under the edge of a lawn mower. I don't believe he played again for a couple of years.
    myself I usually have cuts or burns somewhere (I am an auto mechanic) right now I have burn on the pad of my first finger on my left hand, and naturally I have my first Upright Bass lesson tonight (I just switched from electric wooot!)I know that is gonna smart a little. :eek:
  9. I'm very happy to report that all seems to be well - I may have dodged the biggest bullet of my musical life. Aside from some presently annoying scabs and what will surely amount to an impressive scar I feel 95%. I don't say 100% because the skin is still a little tight, so I don't yet feel comfortable with stretching my pinky back the way I used to. I bet that after the scabs are gone I'll be fine; my first finger was in somewhat similar shape and now feels fine.

    I played this past Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and felt really good. The guys were happy to have me back and I was more than a little happy to be back in the saddle. :D

    One perversely nice thing about all of this came during a gig that I attended as a spectator. It was the CD release party at my favorite place to play in Dallas (Gypsy Tea Room). The room was packed, the band was smokin', and the folks were digging it. Despite having Drew Phelps - easily one of the very best players in town and someone whom I consider way, way beyond my present point - covering for me, I couldn't help but think, "I can do that better; they sound better with me." Sure, in practically every other scenario Drew will run circles around me. Still, in that scenario, it was very nice to feel like that was my place and see that my sound is a big part of that group.
    Oh yeah - I'm much safer when gardening now... ;)