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Topic: OT but I am still alive after another close call (26 msgs / 721 lines)
1) From: DeCambre.Peter
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2) From: Jim Gundlach
Tuesday I was out moving earth with my 1962 Case 430 tractor to build a pond.  In the process I had rather stupidly built a rather tall pile of dirt that gave me a rather long view of the word around me and as I was headed up that pile with a scoop of dirt, I drifted to the side and in reaction I pushed the clutch in and the tractor rolled backward off the edge of the pile of dirt and rolled over, landing top down.  During the fall my head hit the fender hard enough to knock me out and cut a three and half inch strip to my skull that had never before seen daylight.  When I regained consciousness I found that I was pinned face down under the tractor.  The tractor and the blade together weigh more than two tons.  I was generally unable to move.  My glasses were covered with blood so I had to scrape them off just by dragging my face agains the ground so I could see.  My left arm was pinned under the rear fender and the upper portion of my right arm was pinned down by the steering wheel.  My left leg was generally free but my right leg was pinned in front of the gear shift lever and under the steering wheel which was pushed down below the top of the shift lever.  I yelled for help a few times but I knew I was out where there was less than one chance in a hundred that anyone would be close enough to hear me.  I was able to reach my left arm with the free part of my right and I slowly dug the dirt and clay out from under my arm with my right fingers.  It took quite a while but I got the left arm free and then turned to digging out the clay under my upper right arm and after what seemed a very long time I managed to get that arm free also.  I then turned to getting my right leg out of the gearshift lever/steering wheel vice.  I found that I could not get my boot to come out so I had to rearrange myself to be able to reach, untie, and remove the boot.  I then rearranged myself till my nose almost reached my right toes with a strait right leg.  Bending that much with a 67 year old body was tough but I did manage.  After I was essentially free it took a while to figure out a route out from under the tractor but I finally made it out by following the unpinned leg.  I walked from the back to the front of our ten acre plot and got to the house.  I called my wife and told her what happened and asked her to come and get me.  After that I started to go into shock so I simply laid down on the ground at the end of the porch and put my legs up the steps and waited close to half an hour for her to get home.  
At the emergency room they x-rayed my skull and found the bones had held up quite well.  After getting the cut cleaned up and stitched, I was able to go ahead and come home.  And, on Tuesday I missed my early afternoon coffee.
      pecan jim
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3) From: Lynne
Oh, my goodness, Jim - be CAREFUL!!! I cannot even imagine what you went
through - in pains me just to read this.
Please take care. We want you around our coffee world a long, long time!
Lynne
(Still hobbling after falling last year. Getting old sucks, but it's better
than the alternative...)
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4) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
Jeez louise Jim, haven't you been throuygh the ringer already? What a 
crazy story. Honestly, you need to make sure someone is around when 
you are doing this crazy stuff! At least keep a cell phone on you, 
and let someone know what you are doing!
Tom
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5) From: Laura Carey
WOW!   Jim, you were really lucky!  I hope that everything is OK and that
you are able to make coffee again.  Your wife is not want to leave you alone
again.
Take care,  Laura
On Mon, May 23, 2011 at 4:28 PM, Jim Gundlach wrote:
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6) From: Scot Murphy
On May 23, 2011, at 7:28 PM, Jim Gundlach wrote:
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Holy crap. Thank God you're alive. A lesser man wouldn't be here now.
Scot "impressed" Murphy
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7) From: Yakster
Jim,
Everyone seems to have missed the critical fact... you missed your afternoon
coffee on Tuesday.
Seriously, though, amazing story.  Glad to hear that your OK.
-Chris
On Mon, May 23, 2011 at 4:28 PM, Jim Gundlach wrote:
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8) From: Jim Gundlach
The roll ruined  the radiator, I have a replacement ordered but it is going to take a week to ten days to get here.  
       pecan jim 
On May 23, 2011, at 9:00 PM, Tom Ulmer wrote:
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9) From: Bob Glasscock
Hey Jim,
Very sorry to hear about your accident but very happy to hear you came 
out of it with your skin. Very scary situation. Hope you are able to 
roast and enjoy your coffee. 
  --
  Bob Glasscock
Greenville, AL
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10) From: Bob Hazen
Yikes! Jim....  You're sure made of some tough stuff aren't ya?
Bob

11) From: richard kennedy
Wow, glad you are ok Jim...it could have turned out much differently!  It really go me to thinking, since Saturday I got a new tractor myself...well not new.  It's a Kubota B2150 with a frontend loader...a good candidate for missing my afternoon coffee also!  ...and I too want to build a pond...
 
Glad to hear all turned out ok!  -rich-
 
Ps. How'd the tractor fare?
 
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12) From: Sandra Andina
Jim, are you sure you're not a cat--how many of those 9 lives have you used yet? Glad you're okay. Get back to teaching & roasting and leave the tractors to the young'uns!
Peace & song,
Sandy
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13) From: Robert Yoder
Holy Crap, Pecan-Man!
 
Do you mind telling us what you're training for?
 
It looks like time to write a book or several.
 
best wishes,
 
robert yoder
 
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14) From: Ken Schillinger
I'm glad you're ok Jim. Stats for your tractor put it at 3,700 pounds plus 
the weight of the loader attachment. Now that we know that you escaped 
serious injury, tell us about the condition of the tractor.
Best regards, Ken
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15) From: Brian Kamnetz
Jim, Jim, Jim.....
You are very fortunate, and so are we all to still have you here.
Brian
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16) From: g paris p
My god Jim:
thank god your alright. love to you and family. I will come over and take
that 430
off your hands so you don't continue to get into trouble.
ginny
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17) From: mvivit
Wow, Jim! Quit trying to move faster than your guardian angel can fly!  
Seriously, thank goodness things have turned out for the better.
Mary in Utah
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18) From: Peter Louton
Hi Jim,
I'll make your afternoon coffee and or espresso if you'll dig my pond for me.
Peter
-- Sent from my Palm Pre
On May 24, 2011 14:49, mvivit <mvivit> wrote: 
Wow, Jim! Quit trying to move faster than your guardian angel can fly!  
Seriously, thank goodness things have turned out for the better.
Mary in Utah
Quoting g paris p <pchforever>:
> My god Jim:
>
> thank god your alright. love to you and family. I will come over and take
> that 430
> off your hands so you don't continue to get into trouble.
>
> ginny
>
> On Mon, May 23, 2011 at 7:49 PM, Bob Glasscock   
> <eglasscock>wrote:
>
>> Hey Jim,
>> Very sorry to hear about your accident but very happy to hear you came out
>> of it with your skin. Very scary situation. Hope you are able to roast and
>> enjoy your coffee.  --
>>  Bob Glasscock
>> Greenville, AL
>>
>>
>>
>> Quoting Jim Gundlach <pecanjim>:
>>
>>> Tuesday I was out moving earth with my 1962 Case 430 tractor to build a
>>> pond. In the process I had rather stupidly built a rather tall pile of dirt
>>> that gave
>>> me a rather long view of the word around me and as I was headed up that
>>> pile
>>> with a scoop of dirt, I drifted to the side and in reaction I pushed the
>>> clutch
>>> in and the tractor rolled backward off the edge of the pile of dirt and
>>> rolled
>>> over, landing top down.  During the fall my head hit the fender hard
>>> enough to
>>> knock me out and cut a three and half inch strip to my skull that had
>>> never
>>> before seen daylight.  When I regained consciousness I found that I was
>>> pinned
>>> face down under the tractor.  The tractor and the blade together weigh
>>> more than
>>> two tons.  I was generally unable to move.  My glasses were covered with
>>> blood
>>> so I had to scrape them off just by dragging my face agains the ground so
>>> I
>>> could see.  My left arm was pinned under the rear fender and the upper
>>> portion
>>> of my right arm was pinned down by the steering wheel.  My left leg was
>>> generally free but my right leg was pinned in front of the gear shift
>>> lever and
>>> under the steering wheel which was pushed down below the top of the shift
>>> lever.  I yelled for help a few times but I knew I was out where there was
>>> less than
>>> one chance in a hundred that anyone would be close enough to hear me.  I
>>> was
>>> able to reach my left arm with the free part of my right and I slowly dug
>>> the
>>> dirt and clay out from under my arm with my right fingers.  It took quite
>>> a
>>> while but I got the left arm free and then turned to digging out the clay
>>> under
>>> my upper right arm and after what seemed a very long time I managed to get
>>> that
>>> arm free also.  I then turned to getting my right leg out of the gearshift
>>> lever/steering wheel vice.  I found that I could not get my boot to come
>>> out so
>>> I had to rearrange myself to be able to reach, untie, and remove the boot.
>>>  I
>>> then rearranged myself till my nose almost reached my right toes with a
>>> strait
>>> right leg.  Bending that much with a 67 year old body was tough but I did
>>> manage.  After
>>> I was essentially free it took a while to figure out a route out from
>>> under the
>>> tractor but I finally made it out by following the unpinned leg.  I walked
>>> from
>>> the back to the front of our ten acre plot and got to the house.  I called
>>> my
>>> wife and told her what happened and asked her to come and get me.  After
>>> that I
>>> started to go into shock so I simply laid down on the ground at the end of
>>> the
>>> porch and put my legs up the steps and waited close to half an hour for
>>> her to
>>> get home.
>>> At the emergency room they x-rayed my skull and found the bones had held
>>> up
>>> quite well.  After getting the cut cleaned up and stitched, I was able to
>>> go
>>> ahead and come home.  And, on Tuesday I missed my early afternoon coffee.
>>>      pecan jim
>>>
>>>
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19) From: Andy Thomas
I'm glad you made through that ordeal without serious injury, Jim. By the way, 
this might be a good time to buy a lottery ticket.
Andy
From: Jim Gundlach 
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Sent: Mon, May 23, 2011 4:28:26 PM
Subject: [Homeroast] OT but I am still alive after another close call
Tuesday I was out moving earth with my 1962 Case 430 tractor to build a pond.  
In the process I had rather stupidly built a rather tall pile of dirt that gave 
me a rather long view of the word around me and as I was headed up that pile 
with a scoop of dirt, I drifted to the side and in reaction I pushed the clutch 
in and the tractor rolled backward off the edge of the pile of dirt and rolled 
over, landing top down.  During the fall my head hit the fender hard enough to 
knock me out and cut a three and half inch strip to my skull that had never 
before seen daylight.  When I regained consciousness I found that I was pinned 
face down under the tractor.  The tractor and the blade together weigh more than 
two tons.  I was generally unable to move.  My glasses were covered with blood 
so I had to scrape them off just by dragging my face agains the ground so I 
could see.  My left arm was pinned under the rear fender and the upper portion 
of my right arm was pinned down by the steering wheel.  My left leg was 
generally free but my right leg was pinned in front of the gear shift lever and 
under the steering wheel which was pushed down below the top of the shift 
lever.  I yelled for help a few times but I knew I was out where there was less 
than one chance in a hundred that anyone would be close enough to hear me.  I 
was able to reach my left arm with the free part of my right and I slowly dug 
the dirt and clay out from under my arm with my right fingers.  It took quite a 
while but I got the left arm free and then turned to digging out the clay under 
my upper right arm and after what seemed a very long time I managed to get that 
arm free also.  I then turned to getting my right leg out of the gearshift 
lever/steering wheel vice.  I found that I could not get my boot to come out so 
I had to rearrange myself to be able to reach, untie, and remove the boot.  I 
then rearranged myself till my nose almost reached my right toes with a strait 
right leg.  Bending that much with a 67 year old body was tough but I did 
manage.  After I was essentially free it took a while to figure out a route out 
from under the tractor but I finally made it out by following the unpinned leg.  
I walked from the back to the front of our ten acre plot and got to the house.  
I called my wife and told her what happened and asked her to come and get me.  
After that I started to go into shock so I simply laid down on the ground at the 
end of the porch and put my legs up the steps and waited close to half an hour 
for her to get home.  
At the emergency room they x-rayed my skull and found the bones had held up 
quite well.  After getting the cut cleaned up and stitched, I was able to go 
ahead and come home.  And, on Tuesday I missed my early afternoon coffee.
      pecan jim
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20) From: mary deem
Jim -
Thank God you got out OK.  You handled things far better than I would
have....me I would have just sat there, kvetching and whining LOL.
My husband once rolled his tractor once but was lucky to get out in time
(slow motion sort of roll).  I drove up just in time to see him standing
next to the tractor which was on its side...
Maybe we should all pitch in and get you a Sweet Maria's gift
certificate....just to celebrate the fact that you are still with us :)   In
the meantime, Ginny needs to come over and relieve you of that 430 ;)
Mary
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21) From: g paris p
Hey Mary:
I would feel much safer if Jim simply turned over the 430 to me.
Heck, I will dig his pond, roast his coffee and kiss him goodnight!!
ginny
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22) From: Michael Mccandless
Starting another Granny garden are we?
McSparky
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23) From: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Claus_Th=F8gersen?=
So what can we learn from this story? Never ever miss your tuesday afternoon 
coffee!
I am sure it is much more fun reading about it than trying it, lucklily I do 
not own a tractor!
Claus

24) From: Tom Ulmer
Navigating a tractor with you mind's eye certainly could prove hazardous.

25) From: Robert Yoder
Jim, I hope you are well, after this excitement! (Sometimes MY ancient bod waits a day or so to make its complaints clear.) Your clear, methodical self-extrication is a tribute to your wonderful return from the earlier challenge you reported to us.  With this new chronicle, you provide an entirely new perspective on being upside-down in real estate!
 
Is this an occasion for a tractor-trailer (sorry), in the form of a new Tradition Offering? (If I recall correctly, you started the tradition tradition.)
 
I don't have anything to offer just now (a conditional tradition rendition position), but am working on it. Just sayin'
 
Happy Being Alive,
 
robert yoder
 
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26) From: Jim Gundlach
If your tractor is old enough to not have a roll bar, or it has been removed, I strongly recommend you add one.  I knew I should have added one but I just kept putting it off.  Probably the most stupid thing I did in my 67.5 years.
    pecan jim
On May 23, 2011, at 10:25 PM, richard kennedy wrote:
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