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I went back to Lowes in a pick-up to buy the second load of gravel, “a thousand pounds”, but this time I would need to unload it by myself.  I had the bright idea to unload it by the bucketful into a rolling trash can.  You know the heaver duty kind that the city services use.  The trash can held most of the gravel and I was able to pull the bag and pallet off the truck with a little help.   After that I had trouble…

The trash can full of gravel was sitting just a little lopsided, kind of crooked from the concrete slab and other containers.  Everyone that passed it noticed it!  Especially me, the “off set” trash can, my anal problem, it was too much for me. 

I have always been good with a hand truck “dollies”; you tip it back and balance the weight then move it forward.  You see this coming, admit it! 

This is the stupidest thing I have ever done.  After a glass of red wine I passed by that can one too many times and move it!  I am 5’3”, female and over 50 years old, I am not totally stupid, but that trash can pended me on the concrete in a New York minute!  It had my right leg caught under the handle of the can and the gravel spilling all over me.  I couldn’t move.

Try as I might…I was not able to dig, kick or beg my way out of that predicament.  I lay there screaming for help five minutes or more before my daughter heard me “she is little and 12 years old”, there was no way she could help me by herself.  She retrieved her daddy and a neighbor man.  They were able to lift it just enough that I could crawl out. 

It hurt me bad!  I am getting well and still a trooper, but learned a valuable lesson.  I will never attempt to move gravel in large quantities without help and the right equipment.

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Comment by Becky Coburn on March 29, 2013 at 7:42am

@ Jim  Funny!  Your right, your right, epic fail on the tool front, kind of like using an ice pick for a hammer.  I am good natured about it, that wheel barrow concept is looking pretty good about now.

Comment by Jim Fisk on March 29, 2013 at 6:13am
Comment by Becky Coburn on March 26, 2013 at 5:10pm

Thank you Pam and Bob, not proud of is right!  Sure don't want to see anyone eles hurt like this.  I learned my lesson for sure.


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Comment by Bob Terrell on March 26, 2013 at 4:21pm

Wait, isn;t that what you have hubbyand his friend for?  Glad youm were not hurt (except pride) and learned from the experience.

Comment by Pam DeLong on March 26, 2013 at 4:14pm

I'm glad you didn't suffer any broken bones and I praise God others were able to hear your cries for help!

Praying your soreness and bruises heal quickly...

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