Yesterday. I just fired up a Toro "personal pace" mower. Just wanted to see if it would run before going all through it to get the mouse nests out of it. It had been in that shed I moved for 10 years. I put a little gas in it and it fired up. In my brilliance or cockyness, I started it in front of the garage, on GRAVEL. I know better. Well, the shutoff is a mechanism that grounds the coil and presses a spring loaded brake against the flywheel. You let go of the bail and the mower shuts off. Well, the mechanism was frozen in place open, by mouse detritus and mouse piss corrosion
The vibration of the mower made it settle into the gravel and I had a sudden 360 degree machine gun. 3/4" caliber
I tried to move the running mower across the gravel driveway to grass, and it hit deeper gravel and stalled. I took one in the leg sarge, but I can keep fighting.
Years ago I was working on an add a level in Chester, NJ. It was February and we had just tar papered the roof. The guy's brother was very hard working, and very religious. His wife would put bible verses in his lunch and he would read them. He said she prayed for the safety of the men every day.
Well, I watched the guy put yellow crayon marks over the skylight opening
we had just both tar papered over! This was a cape and the opening was over the stairs. This was twilight, the very last task of the day was me going down the ladder and coming back up with another roll of tar paper. I spaced out, came back up the ladder and walked right over the opening. The guy was sitting on the peak and saw the whole thing. The very last inch
of the heel of my boot hit a 2x4 strongback that had not yet been cut out of the skylight well, 4 feet below the roof! I was chest deep in the hole and my life was spared. The guy swore he would never paper over a hole like that again.
Last year when I was working on the manse house, an Irish guy and his kid came by looking for work. We talked a little and he said, "Don't you believe in the good Lord above?" in his thick Irish brogue.
I replied, "Of course I do, my life has been spared many times."