Anybody else in the world crash a firetruck into a bus on Christmas Day?

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Kiteman6 years ago
Good luck back at work tomorrow (unless it already is tomorrow down under?)

Roll with the punches, accept the inevitable ribbing with good humour, give as good as you get, but keep your temper.

If you get the shakes or flashbacks, especially behind the wheel, tell somebody right away.

Apart from all that, remember to take a picture of your locker, festooned with press-cuttings and/or bandages...

caarntedd (author)  Kiteman6 years ago
As I write, it is 11.10pm Dec 31st. Went back today. All good. A decent amount of ribbing. Put out a car fire, a grass fire, removed a tree branch from power lines and caught and removed a black snake (that's the type of snake, not just the colour) from a woman's garage. Not all single handed. All good. Back behind the wheel tomorrow. Thanks for the support.
According to my Bumper Book of Australian Etiquette, at this point I'm supposed to punch you solidly in the bicep, hand you a beer, and pretend none of this ever happened.

Instead, I shall dwell again on the unusual lethality of Antipodean wildlife... (Six feet long? Lethal bite? The most dangerous thing in my garden is the occasional pigeon...)

Kiteman, if it's the same creature "WE" call a blacksnake in the USA, farmers call them one of their Best friends. They are non-poisonous and love mice (so having them in one's grain bin is a plus).

I have handled them several times, and even helped an injured one off the road once (not recommended if you don't know what you are doing, even though they are not poisonous, the bite can be nasty painful). Otherwise, they are rather laid back for snakes.
The Australian blacksnakes (which are often brown) are deadly.
caarntedd (author)  Kiteman6 years ago
Beautiful animals. Not usually lethal. Easy to catch, a bit trickier to release. (We don't harm them, just relocate). Try an Eastern Brown snake or Inland Taipan.
The one's we in the USA call black snakes, are fairly benign (no poison) and are welcome in the grain bins of farmers as they are great mousers :-)
I mistake :-)
caarntedd (author)  Kiteman6 years ago
You might want to hand me the beer FIRST.
craftyv6 years ago
Glad your ok. This type of experience can be just what is needed. a wake-up-call, if you will. To remind you and all those who know about it, including this site, that we are not immune and to " just, take care out there".
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