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10+ YEARS


Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

Smashed Fingers

Daddy and Jack Today we took the kids to Dave & Buster's for lunch. They're not quite old enough, but they do good. Abbie and I race cars and she can't even touch the gas. After a few seconds of waiting, her car takes off and she's driving - hooting and hollering the whole time. Jack isn't quite tall enough - he can peer over the edge and see a bunch of coins in the machine - but has no idea what it does. He does know that the machine takes coins - and loves putting them in. When he won 100+ tickets today, he was ecstatic - pulling the tickets out and giggling to himself the whole time.

I carried both kids to the car on the way out. We have a Honda Odyssey mini-van (they might be cheesy, but they make awesome cars - spoken like a true dad, eh?). Holly opened the door with the remote. It stopped after opening a few inches - and I reached to open it manually. As soon as I got my fingers around the door, it shut. Youch! I screamed like a little girl. After a few seconds, Holly was smart enough to open the front door and I pulled them out. No dropped kids, which was pretty impressive. It's been a couple hours since then. It was only two fingers, but one is still numb. The good news is I'm still able to type - but they're still throbbing.

Posted in General at Feb 25 2006, 03:37:03 PM MST 7 Comments
Comments:

Be careful with your fingers. Your family depends on your ability to type! Being a software developer is like a piano player. We depend on our fingers. I'm glad you were lucky!

Posted by Stephan Schwab on February 25, 2006 at 09:08 PM MST #

I had an accident with the kitchen axe about a month ago splitting kindling - tore through the tendons on my index finger. Lucky the finger is there at all. Finger injuries suck.

Posted by Alonso on February 25, 2006 at 11:04 PM MST #

What ever happened to using the door handle?

Posted by Mike Stuben on February 26, 2006 at 07:54 AM MST #

Mike - I had a kid in each arm. In order to open the door with my left hand, I would've had to drop Jack (or do some fancy maneuvering).

Posted by Matt Raible on February 26, 2006 at 02:20 PM MST #

Automatic door openers on the van are a great thing......

Posted by Dave on February 27, 2006 at 11:23 AM MST #

We have the Toyota Sienna with the same feature. My son ran into the house. I was still in the garage... I hit the door remote to shut it, and then he dashed back out to the garage (past me) and put his fingers in the closing door just before it shut (timing was perfect). It caught his index finger pretty good. He cried for a couple of seconds and then went on with life. It did not seem to phase him much. We looked at the Honda. The Toyota had an all wheel drive option which is good for dirt roads at the time the Honda did not. I have a Toyota Sequoia (my wife's old car before she decided she wanted the mini-van). I dream of a day when I can drive a normal size vehicle. I'd like so much to drive a car instead of a people mover.

Posted by Rick Hightower on February 28, 2006 at 12:54 AM MST #

I'd consider getting those fingers insured! :)

Posted by Srgjan Srepfler on March 01, 2006 at 04:14 PM MST #

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