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A Funny Thing Happened At The Shop…


This morning, due to rain, which I welcome very much, since I haven’t started cutting 2nd yet, I found myself in the shop.

I happened to have a culvert pipe laying outside, inviting me to cut it into functional lengths. The pipe I’m using is coated in a tar paper wrap and is known to burst into flame on occasion while being cut with the acetylene torch.

Wearing my goggles, to protect my eyes (safety first), I began to cut. Through the goggles I noticed the flame erupt, but continued to cut as I am used to this happening. However, after another minute I began to notice a smell…other that that of hot steel and burning tar…it was that of singed hair. I stopped and looked at my arms…nope, they were fine. Then it occurred to me…the smell was lingering in my nose…ruh roh!

Yep…the mustache was lacking…the entire left side. Oh well…it must have been time for a change

PS – For those inquiring, my son’s lost tooth was not related to the incident in the shop. He lost it “naturally” last night while brushing his teeth 🙂

  1. July 18, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    WOW. Glad you are safe and that’s quite a new look! You look like a baby.

    • commonsenseagriculture
      July 18, 2011 at 2:34 PM

      Thank you Katie…I think. 😉

  2. Ned Coe
    July 18, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Electability coefficient went up.

    • commonsenseagriculture
      July 18, 2011 at 2:34 PM

      I think LJ would agree with you Ned. 🙂

  3. July 18, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    That’s even better than I expected the story to be! Glad it was just facial hair and all else is okay. Would hate to think Kyle would need to drive you to the hospital or something.

    • commonsenseagriculture
      July 18, 2011 at 2:34 PM

      Thank you Janice 🙂

  4. July 18, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Oh my gosh, Jeff! Glad it stopped at your stash! Phew!

  5. July 18, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Recognized you because of the hat! I had a facial hair experience last week when I forgot to put the plastic guard back on the clippers before trimming the goatee. Reverse Mohawk if you knew what I mean. 🙂

  6. pearlsnapsponderings
    July 19, 2011 at 7:48 AM

    I wouldn’t have recognized you!

  7. July 19, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Too funny! Glad you are okay. There is no way I would have recognized you walking down the street. Are you going to grow it back or go for a new look all together? I don’t think Tim has heard the news yet; he will be sad. You were his mustache roll model.

  8. Jodi
    July 19, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Couldn’t hardly believe my eyes when I saw your profile pic on Facebook! Glad you’re safe!

  9. July 19, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    I thought you had a “guest poster” when I saw your profile pic on Networked Blogs. Man-o-man! That’s what you would call a “Burn-a-Shave” (instead of Burma Shave!) …So happy you weren’t badly hurt.

  10. July 21, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    How you withstanding all this heat?

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