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#1 posted 07-23-2012 02:59 PM


I sure understand what you mean about motorcycle safety class…. I couldn’t afford a car my Jr year in college so I bought a Suzuki motorcycle and put 42,000 miles on it in one year. The only time I ever let it get down was at a stoplight. I was watching the light and a huge dog with at least 6” long teeth came right up behind me and started barking! I was so startled, I let my bike fall over and I burned my leg on the exhaust. When I sold it, the only scratches on it were from dropping it that one time and the foot pegs were sanded off at an angle… When I’d get in a tight corner and the pegs were starting to scrape, I’d lower my inside knee and raise the bike back up to get through the turn.
I’ve kayaked over waterfalls, rappelled down places I wasn’t sure I’d ever climb up to repel down and then I was positive I wouldn’t get back down. I've also crossed the North Atlantic ocean in a 30' sailboat. It’s amazing that at 63 years old, I’ve still got all my body parts and they still work good enough that I can fell trees, get them home, saw them and make things from them. Almost every part of my woodworking experience is dangerous. I follow rigid safety rules and only take calculated risks that I feel comfortable with. And yes, I respect my table saw. If I can make a cut with a bandsaw or miter saw, the table saw doesn’t get turned on. When it does get used the blade is never more than 1/16” higher than the piece of wood I’m going to cut. I do have a tiny scar on my left index finger. The cut was about 1/16” deep. It was a good thing I dropped the blade after cutting a 2X4 to cut some 3/4” wood and didn’t just push it through the saw. I made another safety rule that day. No more listening to talk radio or audio books while I’m working.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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