Monday, July 20, 2009

Did you know?

Many people have complained about drivers who multi-task. It really isn't a good idea.

Here are just a few of the common unsafe practices...

  • Talking on your cell phone
  • Applying makeup
  • Shaving
  • Eating
  • Reading
  • Texting
  • Watching a movie
  • Accessing the Internet
These are actually on a website, along with other things that I didn't mention. But one thing that the website didn't mention is
  • Opening a human-proof container with a straight-edge knife
Who knew this was unsafe to do while driving? Not me. I thought for sure this would be a totally safe/smart activity to engage in while driving. I learned my lesson (and so did my finger).

Imagine if you will, me, driving to work, opening a new container of ear-buds for my iPod. Have you ever seen the containers those things come in? You need a nuclear torpedo to open it up.

Okay, so my package was smaller, but the edges were just like this. The package doesn't pop open. You can no longer use your teeth to open one of these puppies. You have to have major tools to open it (which is another funny thing- the tools come in similar packages).

Anyway, so here I am, using Hubby's Scotty Peeler
(ya, his is the one with the blade), trying to open said ear bud container. Well, those Scotty Peelers are sharp little suckers, because before I knew it, I had sliced off the tip of my pinky finger and was bleeding profusely. So much bleeding was going on that I had to put my finger in my mouth (not really a germ-free zone I am sure, since I had just had dinner) and I could taste the metallic flavor of the blood. If I was in Twilight (New Moon) Jasper would totally have come after me.

So, here I am, driving, sucking on my finger to keep from getting blood all over me, trying to find a napkin, and looking for an offramp so I can get to a gas station and use my life-savings to buy a box of bandaids. Expensive box of bandaids from a gas station convenience store = $1,000,000. Same box of bandaids from a grocery store = $3.50. Couldn't wait, so I overspent, just so I could contain the bleeding.

The good news? I now have a box of gold-plated bandaids in my purse (I'll tell myself that so I don't cry when I think about how much I paid for them). Other bonus? I thinkI am no longer anemic- I could taste the iron (and I was putting it right back in my body). So there is a way to look at the positive, right?

Theme song- Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis. I was also thinking about Sunday Bloody Sunday, but it happened on Saturday, so I didn't know if that should be the song. I'll add it second, just because I thought of that one, too. But, I am going to add the Paramore version since I like that one best, even though U2 is the original.

*Sorry, I couldn't get a good picture of my missing finger tip. You'll just have to imagine the gore.

**Hey, I just thought of a funny, is it a coincidence that Al Gore's name means

Gore: (noun)
  1. blood that is shed, esp. when clotted.
  2. murder, bloodshed, violence, etc.: That horror movie had too much gore.
Enjoy that thought for the day.