Over Analyzer Extraordinaire...............
- Dec 12, 2015
- In the hills of WA
I worked at a factory where there were lots of missing fingers. Those were pre OSHA people.
One guy had a thumb pulled off roping a bull.
The best one was an old 80 year old guy who did consulting for us decommissioning power plants he helped build. He was missing a finger and I asked him how he lost it. Motorcycle accident .... a couple years ago. 😳 He had started riding again at 75 after his wife died. He would work 6 months and travel a country or continent for 6 months.
That was in 2001. It would not surprise me if he's still out riding around in some foreign country.
Watching the Wild Cow milking contest at the Ellensburg Rodeo in 1983 and the header roper got his thumb caught in the rope.
He dallied the rope and I seen something fly off his saddle. He calmly gets off his horse and reached down and picked it up off the ground. I was trying to figure out WHAT it was as he walked over to the ambulance right under where I was sitting. Then I see him pull his hand away from his stomach and is showing the paramedics his hand. The rope had cauterized the wound and it wasn't bleeding one bit. They put the thumb in a cooler and put him in the back of the ambulance and took him over to the hospital.
My science teacher in high school was a Vietnam Veteran and lost a finger. He had a wicked costume one year at Halloween with fake blood on that nub of a finger.
He's in my moms church so I have had some good talks with him over the years since I was shot and then after my amputation.