Rick and I were discussing the pains and pitfalls of our respective careers the other day.
Last week, Rick fell off of an 8 ft. ladder after losing his balance while yanking a pry-bar back and forth above his head. But his cat-like reflexes allowed him to land on his feet. He made it home with nothing more than a 12″ diameter bruise on his thigh. (Don’t ask me how).
A week prior to that, Rick had to go to the doctor after getting a glass shard in his eye. Upon initial examination, the doctor exclaimed, “What the hell did you put in your eye?!?” When Rick explained to the Doctor that he thought it was a good idea to flush his eyeball with allergy eye drops that he carried in his lunchbox, the doctor confiscated the empty bottle and informed Rick that he would be contacting the local poison control center.
Last night, Rick held his hand out, palm face-up, and pointed out all of the many gashes, slices, stains, rips and tears. He said that his hands were sore and callused, but that he had got used to the side effects of being a Glazier by now.
I told him that my hand hurt, too. I showed him the wound on my ring finger, from where I cut myself very badly with a manila file folder earlier that day. I explained to Rick that I had actually acquired two paper-related cuts on that same hand within a 24 hour period. Just thinking about those little, cream-colored devils, sliding across my flesh makes me cringe.
Bottom line is, whether you’re a Marketer or a Glazier, you really ought to wear gloves and goggles at all times.