Grinding metal, sparks flying

  • Timbales

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    Aug 12, 2011 1:40 AM GMT
    I've been helping a friend who is moving his bar into a new location. I've been grinding a thick layer of red enamel off the steel railings with a 4 1/2" angle grinder so they can be polished and clear coated for a distressed metal look.

    With my protective gear and sparks flying everywhere, I feel like Jennifer Beals in Flashdance.
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    Aug 12, 2011 1:43 AM GMT
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    Aug 12, 2011 1:44 AM GMT
    I'm a maniac, maniac on the floor.
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    Aug 12, 2011 1:46 AM GMT
    Ariodante said[splashy splashy]

    lol - that's exactly what popped into my mind!
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    Aug 12, 2011 1:46 AM GMT
    You're mopping the mess afterwards btw. I just cleaned up around here.
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    Aug 12, 2011 1:49 AM GMT
    he is planning on putting in a shower for "Wet Underwear Night"

    I said I'll go last when he's ready to clear out the bar.
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    Aug 12, 2011 1:53 AM GMT
    Ariodante saidYou're mopping the mess afterwards btw. I just cleaned up around here.

    That's actually day-old amniotic fluid being poured on Timbales. He's pretty twisted.
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    Aug 12, 2011 1:57 AM GMT
    One of my favorite photographers (and a great guy):

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    Aug 12, 2011 2:31 AM GMT
    Grinding metal, sparks flying

    For some reason that thread title gave me a flashback not to Flashdance, but 1968, and my first serious motorcycle accident. The bike slid out on a winding downhill turn at night. The bike & I slid about 100 feet, me wearing just summer shorts and a T-shirt. I lost about half my hide.

    And all I could think was "Don't tumble!" My arms were out wide, trying to stay flat on my stomach. And also trying to see where my bike was, afraid it was behind me and gonna crush me.

    But then I caught sight of it, ahead of me, throwing sparks in the dark like you wouldn't believe, a regular Fourth of July show, and making a great scraping noise. I had no clue that sliding would do that.

    We both finally stopped on the shoulder, and then the pain hit me. By fortunate coincidence a police car drove by almost at the same moment, saw me, and the cop decided to speed me to the ER himself, rather than waiting for an ambulance, no station being nearby (in those days the old Cadillac models, like in the movie Ghostbusters).

    We got to the ER and a woman waiting to be seen there actually vomited when she saw me, totally soaked in blood, my clothes ripped to shreds, my skin hanging off me. I looked like something from a horror movie.

    But I was still under my own power, I refused a gurney, just walked right in over their protests, and they dressed my injuries pretty fast, while my Father arrived with fresh clothes. He & I declined an overnight stay, it was all superficial, no deep wounds, nothing broken, just a lot of blood and skin loss, and I was mostly unfazed by it. I was bandaged almost like a mummy, and had a tetanus shot, I think some antibiotics, and home we went.

    Less than 2 weeks later I had repaired the bike myself and was riding it again, still wearing most of my bandages. Gawd I was a holy terror in those days, no wonder I never suspected I was gay based on the sissy stereotypes we wrongly believed back then. And today -- a useless old guy, who remembers grinding metal and sparks flying in the night darkness over 40 years ago.
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    Aug 12, 2011 2:54 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidblah blah WHIPPERSNAPPER blah blah
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    Art_Deco saidWe got to the ER and a woman waiting to be seen there actually vomited when she saw me
    ...and then she saw your wounds.
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    Aug 12, 2011 3:30 AM GMT
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    Art_Deco saidWe got to the ER and a woman waiting to be seen there actually vomited when she saw me
    ...and then she saw your wounds.

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    I may be old, but I hope I still have a sense of humor. icon_biggrin.gif


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    Aug 12, 2011 3:35 AM GMT
    cold said
    Ariodante saidYou're mopping the mess afterwards btw. I just cleaned up around here.

    That's actually day-old amniotic fluid being poured on Timbales. He's pretty twisted.


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    Tim that's sick. We're going on a date now.
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    Aug 12, 2011 11:32 AM GMT
    Ariodante said
    cold said
    Ariodante saidYou're mopping the mess afterwards btw. I just cleaned up around here.

    That's actually day-old amniotic fluid being poured on Timbales. He's pretty twisted.


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    Tim that's sick. We're going on a date now.


    yay! finally a use for all that bacon grease I've been saving
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    Aug 12, 2011 12:25 PM GMT
    Timbales said
    Ariodante said
    cold said
    Ariodante saidYou're mopping the mess afterwards btw. I just cleaned up around here.

    That's actually day-old amniotic fluid being poured on Timbales. He's pretty twisted.


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    Tim that's sick. We're going on a date now.


    yay! finally a use for all that bacon grease I've been saving


    I am guessing for cooking him a dinner, right?
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    Aug 13, 2011 12:52 AM GMT
    Advaya said
    Timbales said
    Ariodante said
    cold said
    Ariodante saidYou're mopping the mess afterwards btw. I just cleaned up around here.

    That's actually day-old amniotic fluid being poured on Timbales. He's pretty twisted.


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    Tim that's sick. We're going on a date now.


    yay! finally a use for all that bacon grease I've been saving


    I am guessing for cooking him a dinner, right?


    Hell no