HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE THE CATS  

spunky11961 55M
37213 posts
8/18/2006 1:17 pm
HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE THE CATS


When I first started workin' for the company I'm with now,It was a logging company!We logged for hardwoods all over the state,But one day there was a bad day in the woods,that turned things into what they are today!
We had two sections going at one time and the crew was all split up Most were with me cleaning up tree tops so we could finish that one up,and then join the boss at the next one,he was workin' alone! He knew better than this but he got greedy!
He was trying to use a drag line to pull down a partially cut tree that was really valuable,had to drop it just right! But something went wrong and the tree feel right on top of the D7 cat!
End of a perfectly good Bulldozer there!
He was pretty badly beat up,later found he'd broke his back! The truck was a mile away,and we didn't have cell phones then,he had to crawl to the truck just to get help,the boom truck was also under the tree!He got to the truck and realized he'd left the battery behind in the boom truck (he was to cheap to buy another battery)
He was starting to crawl back just as we got there! We got him to the hospital,he rode all the way in the bed of our truck! The doctors told us he shouldn't even be alive he was that broken up inside!
That was the end of our logging days and when he recovered we went back into construction
Lucky for me we had to clean up that first section,as my job was to run the cat and the skid steers,it could've been me
That's where I learned to drive the cats
~spunky


~spunky


ThatDamnCowboy 60M
10812 posts
8/20/2006 6:10 am

I had this mental image of the most unruly and comical trail herd ever! Sorry to hear about the boss' injury. That's enuogh to scare anyone into a life change! Glad it wasn't you, Buddy.

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spunky11961 replies on 8/20/2006 12:30 pm:
Thanx friend! That was quite the title Glad you had such a vivid image! And yeah that was enough to change his mind for sure! Thanx for your regards there!~
~spunky

ButteryDelight 58F

8/19/2006 10:44 am

spunky..you said on another blog post that you were currently unemployed.

Surely some one as skilled as you with cats could get hired somewhere? Watching some of the way the cat drivers drive here makes me wish for some one skilled.

just a thought and there is always building and construction going on around here...


spunky11961 replies on 8/19/2006 6:26 pm:
Hi Butterydelight! I'm actually on medical disability at the moment and hopefully temporary! But Thank You! you've got a Kind heart and a good soul! And I might just have to check into things there your way as well!
~spunky

lovemetouchme5 51F
2102 posts
8/19/2006 6:25 am

As part of my soon2bx's job, he had to take a chainsaw class. Afterwards, he told me of all the horror stories like the one you just described. People just don't know what safety is sometimes!

Loveme


spunky11961 replies on 8/19/2006 6:22 pm:
Hey Loveme! Thanx! I've seen films like that! Very gory, made to put the fear in you! Something like the used to show in drivers ed. class but worse!
~spunky

cuteNEway 41F

8/19/2006 12:54 am

ouch!


spunky11961 replies on 8/19/2006 6:19 pm:
Hey CuteN thanx! Ouch is right,but not to be sick or anything,Better him than me
~spunky

warmandsexy52 64M
13164 posts
8/19/2006 12:38 am

Scary stuff, but glad it all worked out okay in the end. Spinal injuries can be nasty - seen one or two out free-flying.

warm


spunky11961 replies on 8/19/2006 6:17 pm:
Hello and Welcome again! Thanx! Yea spinal injuries are nasty! You must be into the free flyin'~ That's something I could never do! To scared of heights! My hat's off to ya there! The freedom you enjoy!
~sigh~
~spunky

ShyWhisper2006 53F
15175 posts
8/18/2006 8:36 pm

Oh my...some are most fortunate...glad things worked out for him and for you as well. *smiles*


spunky11961 replies on 8/19/2006 6:06 pm:
Thank You Whispers that was nice! I liked that
~spunky

strongelk2006 53M

8/18/2006 7:11 pm

WOW!!!!!

Hay Bro ,,,at first I thought this one was go to be a story about yours cat's. Then I read it ,,,that guy was lucky to live after that,,,,it's all karma,,he was to cheap to buy a extra battery. Someone was watching over you that day and for him.

Peace,,,,,,,,,,,,,Coolness...............N.B.


Peace,,,,,,,,Coolness..........N.B.


spunky11961 replies on 8/19/2006 6:04 pm:
Hey Bro! It's all in the title.... Thanx man! and I can't deny someone was watchin' over me and still seems to be today!~
~Keep it real~
~spunky

saddletrampsk 54F

8/18/2006 7:01 pm

Dangerous industry logging is..thanks for visiting me..glad to see you are right at home in blogland these days..


spunky11961 replies on 8/19/2006 6:01 pm:
Well Thank You! Really though Thank You for that very first comment!
I'm glad I stayed,It's like a second home here!~
~You're always welcome here anytime~
~spunky

kitchenfun1234 44M
1797 posts
8/18/2006 6:07 pm

Some people are so foolish its scary

Don't ever give up searching for the fun in life.


spunky11961 replies on 8/19/2006 5:58 pm:
Thanx Friend,You're right there,He knew better but was stupid enough to do it anyway,comes back to bite ya sometimes!
~spunky

SirMounts 102M

8/18/2006 5:09 pm

spunky...
Well, I guess you end up reaping what you sew. lol
Hey, that is yet another original and fascinating post, spunky. Great blog and ^5's.


spunky11961 replies on 8/19/2006 5:54 pm:
Thanx Sir Mounts! That you certainly do,on the reap what ya sow! And I'm honored Ya think that of my post!
~spunky

silverbreeze2 65F

8/18/2006 4:20 pm

So sorry to hear someone was so severely injured. I suppose it is scary knowing it could have been you. I have heard logging can be very dangerous, and I see it is.


spunky11961 replies on 8/19/2006 5:52 pm:
Hi Silver! Thanx! Yes it is and when ya don't think before you act things like this happen! I'm just glad we got out of it! To hard of work!
~spunky

silverbreeze2 65F

8/18/2006 4:17 pm

    Quoting ZZ_Todd:
    Oh, those kind of Cats! Jeeze Spunky... you had me worried there for a second! First you tell us about goats, and then this headline about cats...
Goats


spunky11961 replies on 8/19/2006 4:28 pm:
Hey Silver! I just can't seem to out live that goat thing eh?
~thanx
~spunky

sexyariesgirl 57F

8/18/2006 4:06 pm

lmao at ZZ_Todd...cause I was wondering how you drive kitty cats myself! lol Glad it wasn't you in that accident Spunky! The Good Lord does look out for us doesn't he??

Power To FOK


spunky11961 replies on 8/19/2006 4:26 pm:
Hey Sexyaries! It's all in the title sometimes Thanx! Yea that's for sure it seems I do have someone looking after me at times! I hear ya loud and clear on that!
~spunky

ZZ_Todd 59M

8/18/2006 1:27 pm

Oh, those kind of Cats! Jeeze Spunky... you had me worried there for a second! First you tell us about goats, and then this headline about cats...


spunky11961 replies on 8/19/2006 4:21 pm:
Hey Todd! got your attention there eh? It's all about advertising sometimes Thanx
~spunky

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