11.13.2008

D'oh!

Did you know: one gallon of water equals 8.33 pounds? If you multiply 8.33 by 5 (which is what a five gallon bucket holds - the logic, it astounds!), you get 41.65 pounds. Move 41.65 pounds quickly AND incorrectly, and it equals a torqued back.

D'oh!

Was cleaning out the goose pools, putting the soiled water into five-gallon buckets to then water the grass, garden and compost piles. Pitched one five-gallon full bucket atop the compost pile in a way that my back did not appreciate. Finished up as best I could, and then crawled into bed, only rising once more to make sure everyone was squared away later that afternoon/evening. Alas and alack, no critter stories today.

So remember: lift with your knees, not your back, and don't pitch 41.65 pounds of unstable weight like a shotput unless you are, indeed, an Olympic shotputter. That is all.

[Instead, here's a pic of Bandit crashed out by the kitchen door, and the chickens (Pepper and Red) looking like they maybe have a prank up their sleeve... err, wings.]

6 comments:

  1. I feel your pain, literally. After 10 years of living the wild life, my back is trashed. My husband also says lift with your knees, but unfortunately, my knees aren't any good either. It's hell getting old. I hope you feel better.

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  2. Just take a 5 gal bucket of water and sling it the other direction...you'll be cured. Or would you need a 10 gal bucket? 5 to offset the original 5 plus 5 more to throw it back the right way? Anyhow, it must work...it sounds scientificey

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  3. Thanks for the well wishes, much appreciated!

    @warren, think I'm gonna pass on that cure, but let me know if it ever works for you, okay? ;-)

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