Eyewash Splash

As I was teaching the other day at Solvay High School, one of the students asked me about the eyewash station and if he could rinse his face in it.  This was more out of boredom than the fact that he might actually have something in his eyes.  I figured I could at least show him how it works and be able to test it as well to make sure it was still in proper working order.  They always want to pull the safety shower, but like most schools, the floor drains end up being the highest part of the room and you end up with a big flood instead.  When I went to Cornell for research this summer, they even had one in the hallway of all places with no drain at all.

So as I proceeded to test the eyewash station, it came out a lot more powerful than I ever remember any eyewash station putting out water.  What was supposed to be a nice gentle flow, was instead coming out about a foot high with much greater speed.  The whole point of the station it to get a gentle rinse when a chemical or small object enters the eye.   What I was seeing would instead put all the eyelashes into your eye and cause more apparent damage, along with making you completely soaked.  I tried to release the floor pedal, which made it worse and more water came out and was going all over the place, including my pants and floor.  Upon further looking,  I hit the hand lever and was able to get it off, all to the amusement of the students in the class (fortunately there were only 3 present at the time).

After some cleaning up and trying to dry as best as I could with paper towels, I still had some pretty wet pants, which fortunately dried after a short period of time.  At least I was able to humor the students and see that the eyewash station put out a good amount of water (potentially good and bad).  Hopefully next time, I will put a little less pressure on the eyewash station to prevent  this from happening again.

I might as well put this on My Stupid Mistake as it basically was one!  This is not the first, nor the last one that will be made, but at least the experience will make me think a little better next time someone asks to try out the eyewash station.

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Raking Leaves and Body Aches

I finally got around to raking up the rest of the leaves today.  It was a nice  65 or so out, which is quite warm for Mid November.  I was actually sweating  as I was out there loading up pile afer pile onto the tarp.  I had originally raked on Veterans Day as that was nice as well, but did not bring any to the roadside so that our town may pick them up.  At least they and others in the community will be able to benefit from my hard work when they decompose and can be spread as compost  elsewhere.

It was good that I had a few days in between work efforts as the muscles were feeling odd from exertion of the previous day.  I had broken a rib and had muscle damage in my back during this past spring and it seems to still not be 100% healed.  As I get older the healing process is starting to lag behind.  This goes along with the bottom  of my heel that been aching and giving me problems lately.   Perhaps it is time for a new pair of shoes to compensate for this as I stand on my feet most of the day teaching science at Solvay High School.

The pain I have felt is more that worth it for being able to be outside and enjoy the weather.  It will soon be turning into weather that I do not really care for at all, SNOW, which seems to last much too long in upstate central New York.  As a Lacrosse coach, I want to be able to get on the field as quickly as possible and not have to practice in the gym or on a parking lot, so I am always hoping for better weather.

As I do look ahead towards the next better season in the spring of 2010, the ache I feel in my right shoulder and back, is a great reminder that the work I did these past couple days is reason enough to get back into shape physically.  Whether it will be shoveling for the next couple of months or repetitive emotion of throwing a Lacrosse ball, a lot of stress will be put onto the same body parts.  It’s time for me to get these body parts back into gear.  If anything, they will help me keep up with our 3 little girls who have us running around all over the place

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Hello world!

Welcome to My New Blog.  I will be putting a little bit of everything up here as time progresses into the future.  I have had quite an amazing run of experiences thus far in my life, between jobs I’ve held, to travels overseas working as  Peace Corps Volunteer, being a painter, science teacher, Lacrosse coach, father to 3 girls, salesman, marketer and more.  I hope you enjoy these posts and I look forward to your comments and responses as well.

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