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I posted a day or so ago about visiting my local dealer to pick up a "Free" engine. I then digressed about a Scotts tractor they had... Well, let me finish the engine story.

I got several engines free from the dealer and needed to pick up the last one. I backed up the BMW in the adjacent parking lot, walked up the trail and over the cable fence to where the engine was at. I picked up the engine, stepped over the cable and walked down the slight slope to the car. As I was starting to lean down to set the motor on the ground so I could open the trunk, my foot caught on a string of Ivy that grows around the trail.

The forward motion made me lose my balance and I crunched the engine into the tail light lens. I then bounced off it and fell towards the parking lot asphalt. As I did so, I hung up my right forearm on a bracket or something on the engine as I fell. RIPPPP! I then landed spread eagle scraping various parts of my leg and arm.

Damn! I hope I didn't crack anything on the engine, was my first thought...of course. Next was..Crap I broke the lens on the BMW! $$$$

Oh yeah, what's all this red on my new jeans....

Well I finally saw the 3 inch gaping gash in my arm, immediately squeezed it together and went inside the dealership. The guys were...shocked, but immediately bandaged it up and called 911. (The ER was about 25 minutes away and I thought they might give me some pain medicine so I didn't want to drive myself.) I also had them put the engine in the trunk (priority, man) and lock the car.

Got to the ER... an hour or so passed while they deadened around the wound, cleaned it and waited for the Doc. It was a 3 pee wait before he came and sewed me up. By then I could feel the pain in my rib area. Off for x-rays...all OK but bruised pretty hard. Got my prescription for Vicodin and called a cab. I got back to my car at 6:30pm. I went to the ER at 2:30pm. Got in the car and saw the groceries I had picked up before stopping off at the dealer. Milk, fresh veggies, stuff like that. Luckily they were still "cool".

Anyway, got home, popped a Vicodin and enjoyed the rest of the evening. The arm doesn't hurt but the rib is damn sore. Hard to get up and down and sleep.

I remembered I had taken the deck off of the 170 to put the blade on and the Craftsman's deck is still in the garage. Grass needs mowing so I guess I'll have to pay the kid next door.

Let's see: Ambulance to ER. ER services. Prescription drugs. Cab fare back. Lawn mower service. Dang!! That engine ain't free no more! :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

And now you know....the rest of the story!

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Life's a bitch, ain't it Paul.

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Yeah.. but was the motor ok?
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sorry to hear that greg.. that sucks..

ER bills, broken brake lense.. that was probably the most expensive 'free' engine youv'e ever gotten...
 

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SJ,

I know...I haven't gotten enough nerve to open the trunk and see what it looks like....:hide: :hide: :hide:

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I count 16 stitches? That is what I call a bad day. I hope everything mends up quick and you can get back to tractoring. I don't carry heavy stuff anymore, always use a hand cart to prevent any more damage to my back.
 

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And then you eventually find that the motor is toast internally!

Seriously though, glad its not worse.

You must have a terrific ER and EMT response team. Around here your milk would have clabbored into buttermilk, and the veggies would have started to propogate again, or turned to mush........and you would still be waiting in the waiting room of the ER filling out forms.
 

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Thanks for the kind words everybody. Numbing it to clean hurt..poking a needle all around the slice. After a few minutes the aid literally scrubbed the wound and I didn't feel a thing. Nothing when they stitched it either. I was kidding with the Doc about stapling it together!

The rib is a different story! Thank goodness for Vicodin. Man it's sore.

Chip, I did have a little fun waiting. People would come in with a "no blood" injury and see me laying there. I would just roll my arm over so they couldn't help but see the gash just hanging open! Some got a little green! They never put so much as a Band Aid on it till after the stitches.

6'er.."Dumpster divin' with a beemer!" I love it!

:furious: :furious: :furious: :furious: :furious:

If I got internal dammage to the engine, I'm gonna......:cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: It would be perfect for the Sabre they got there.

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Greg, sorry to hear that story and the gash on the arm. My god all for a free engine....... As you said nothing s for free when its all added up:)
 

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Ouch ouch and double ouch! If your medical plan is like mine, that vine and engine will cost you into triple zeros not to mention the tail lamp. :dazed: :eek:mg:

Look on the brite side. Now the guys will really feel sorry for you. The owner could be worried about a lawsuit. Even better deals may be in your future. Might even get greeting cards on birthdays and Chrismas. :lmao:

Once the complaining of the better half about "How you would not be in this fix if you had just done the chores I wanted you to do" dies down, this could work to your advantage. hmmmmm

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Lucky you did not break any ribs. I broke 4 ribs in a car accident 16 years ago on my right side and to this day anyone touches me on in one certain spot I'm in immediate pain. I chewed out a guy when he came behind me he jabbed me in the ribs as a joke, It hurts like heck everytime someone touches or jabs them. All I can say is at least you will recover but OUCH! After about 5 years I told the doctor about this and he did X-rays and all he found is that everything is healed but he suspects that maybe there was minor nerve damage there.
 

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Ribs are a very painfull injury. I broke 7 ribs when I was in the Army during a stint i southeast asia in an accident with an Armored personel carrier, and went through hell. And as for things being free are ot really free, you are so right.......My wife and I are still paying from the free on the side of the road fire extinguisher fiasco of last October..........So far medical & truck repair bills related to just that free extinguisher that could have been bought new for under $30.00 is well over the $125,000 dollar mark! And its not over yet, but its getting close. Thank god for insurances.
 
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