Our Unsafe Histories, in 6 Words


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We operate on CD time around here.

6 words graphicYou know – Coach Daddy time. A to Z Challenge? Few days behind. Photo a Day Challenge? Hell, June’s almost over, and it feels like I have a week of photos to take. So it stands to reason we’d recognize National Safety Month – June – On June 29.

Every month, I compile a post called 6 Words. Ernest Hemingway inspired it when he said any story can be told in six words. I ask bloggers, friends, strangers, and a few strange blogger friends to respond to a prompt.

June is National Safety Month. Tell us about something you did decidedly unsafe – in six words. It could be from any time in your life. Think “Rode Big Wheel off garage roof,” or “Wore Georgia gear in Florida section.”

The National Safety Council laid out the month of safetiness for us.

First week: Stand Ready to Respond. (Hell, I’d just thought of the prompt idea that week.) Second week: Be healthy. (Pretty sure I was sick.) Third week: Watch Out for Dangers. (I’ve driven for months with one headlight.)

Fourth week? Share Roads Safely. Bingo! I stopped squirting windshield wiper fluid on tailgaters while on Interstate 485.

What about you? What’s something you did that was decidedly unsafe?

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1. Skate backwards down a big hill.

Kathy G., of The Second Half of My Life


2. Steered wheel while friend accelerated braked.

Beth K., of I didn’t have my glasses on …


3. Took medication “as prescribed”: who knew?

Renee S.J., of Renee A Schuls-Jacobson


4. Hung out window of moving car.

Diana T., of Creating Herstory


5. Moved to a state with winter.

Rosey M., of Mail for Rosey


6. Answered when called ID said UNKNOWN.

Alison T., of Sparkly Shoes and Sweat Drops


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7. Jumped off chair with butter knife.

Kathy R., of My Dishwasher’s Possessed


8. Silos are not your personal Everest.

Leslie B., of Ink Interrupted


9. I hitchhiked twice in foreign countries.

Christina M., of Amanda’s Books and More


10. Talked back to grandma once … OUCH!

Dulcinea, of Hodgepodge for the Soul


11. Texted while driving, almost hit wall.

Beth C., of Dialysis Gal


12. Panic! Autistic son lost at Disney.

Marci W., of What’s For Dinner Moms


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13. Jumped out the window into snow.

Sandra, of A Momma’s View


14. Swam right where Jaws was filmed.

Jacquelyn S., of One Woman, Huge World


15. Sprayed wasps standing atop 21-foot ladder.

Eric W., of All in a Dad’s Work


16. Outran the train, wasn’t very smart.

Jack S., of The Jack B


17. Opened boxes with a butcher knife.

Jennifer B., of The Deliberate Mom


18. Strange place. In car. With Strangers.

Susan D., of Color Me Writing


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19. One pushbike

One quarry

I lived.

Lyn, of The Call of the Pen


20. Climbed the rigging of tall ship.

Yvonne T., of Hello World


21. Alcohol poisoning on partner’s 21st birthday.

Tyler A., of Tyler Charles Austen


   22. Blizzard, upstate New York, oncoming truck.

Tamara B., of Tamara (Like) Camera


23. Ate hotdog from Cancun street vendor.

Dana H, of Kiss My List


24. No film permit means lotsa cops.

Kim, of Protean mom


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Courtesy of Tamara Gerber

25. Driving that effing creepy hybrid loaner.

Tamara G., of Confessions of a Part-time Working Mom


26. Wore Oregon shirt to UCLA campus.

Katy W., of Stereotypically Able


27. No hands! No feet! Downhill – crash!

P.D. W, of Cricketmuse


28. Ate lots of spicy junk food.

Lisa, of Life of an El Paso Woman


29. My Rottie reversed the leash law.

Pat, of New Bloggy Cat


30. Wild speed boat ride with stranger.

Mary Lou Q., of Me in the Middle


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31. I yelled at gun-loving senators.

Joyce L., of Catch My Words


32. Black diamond ski slope while inebriated.

Stacy, of Stacy Uncorked


33. Jumped on raft covered with wasps.

Jenny, of Peace from Panic


34. Talking with my hands near cacti.

Kimberly N., of Kimberly Novosel


35. Rooted for Mets at Yankee Stadium.

Janine H., of Confessions of a Mommyaholic


36. Left backdoor unlocked during a manhunt.

Melissa R., of In Between Moderation


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37. Grabbed cash back from robber’s hand.

Mo L., of Mocadeaux


38. Running across Berlin highway with suitcase.

Jenn C., of Jenn Crowell


39. Drove the speed limit in Florida.

Eli P., of Coach Daddy


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110 thoughts on “Our Unsafe Histories, in 6 Words

  1. Definitely had fun with this one this past month even if it might not have been my finest or wisest moment per say. But still thanks for including me yet again and truly hope to be included for many more now, too!! 🙂

      1. I think a worse moment in sweet Janine’s timeline was when she actually rooted for the Evil Empire.

        In Ohio, they don’t even utter that word, Michigan, do they? That State up North.

    1. If our least fine or least wise moments don’t kill us, and, further, give us stories to tell, we should blog.

      A six words without Janine “Go Mets” Huldie is no 6 words at all.

  2. Wow, your friends like to live on the edge! So many scary contributions – glad they all lived to tell!
    The dangerous thing about driving a supposedly green and super cool hybrid – in case you’re wondering – is that it doesn’t make any sound, so kids on the sidewalk can’t hear you approaching. I’m writing up a post about when I thought I coulnd’t start the engine. It was a blonde moment 😉

    1. We’re like a motorcycle gang without the motorcycle or the gang, Tamara. The ones who didn’t live to tell didn’t get to put their sentences in.

      I thought it was a scary hybrid because of that dumb sign up on top of it. Or that it ate both meat and vegetables.

      Look forward to your post on it, Blondie!

      1. Oh shoot, you’re so right about the ones who didn’t submit…
        My friends witnessed a motorcycle accident this week. The guy who slipped was conscious at first, even refused that they called an ambulance. “I’ll drive home myself” he insisted. 15 minutes later he stopped breathing, and the rescue chopper that arrived promptly, told my friends to stop resuscitating – he’s gone.

        The sign wasn’t on top of the car, it just looks that way. It’s for the parking space. It says “(reserved for) service admission”.

        Working on that post right now – July 15 is the due date!

      2. *bows head in silence*

        The motorcycle life – I couldn’t handle it for someone I cared about. I’ve made my girls promise never to get on one. I’ll buy them candy, whatever. Just don’t.

        You and your silent car. This should be good.

    2. I almost stepped right in front of an electric car in a parking lot because I didn’t hear it. At the last second I caught it out of the corner of my eye and I stopped short.

      1. We should make electric cars that emit songs by The Cars while they’re driving so we can avoid my blogging friends from becoming pancakes.

    1. Ain’t they, Renee? Gastronomic guesswork is the thing of Gods. Just completes the set.

      I think you’ll find some gems in these links – and those who venture to your space will love the day they did.

    1. I’d love to have seen video footage of Kimberly doing that, Rosey. Not that I wish her harm, but if she had to endure it, anyway, at least we could squeeze a laugh out of it.

  3. Great list! Loved the humor and #5 by Rosey. Winter is a tough season, even for me in a moderate climate. I visited and followed the blogger before and after mine. Thanks for having me!

    1. Thanks Christina! Rosey nails it. Winter’s all relative. Thanks for taking the spirit of sharing here – you’ll love Leslie and Dulcinea like I do. Glad you were along for the ride!

    1. Dana, I’m going to tell the story in my post for “Who I Am”. I bethca didn’t know that I once grabbed cash back from a robber’s hand! Promise to post this week!

  4. “Grabbed cash back from robber’s hand.” This happened when I was in high school working at a book store. A duo of bad folks came in the store. She distracted me so I didn’t close the cash drawer and turned my back to the register. He grabbed fistfuls of cash from the drawer. I turned around, yelled at him and yanked the cash back from him. Dangerous AND very dumb!!!
    I love so many of the other answers including yelling at gun lovers and spraying wasps from atop a ladder. And, I too have driven the speed limit in Florida. Now that’s scary!

    1. That’s a good blend, Barbara, hilarity and fun, Barbara. We can’t guarantee they all lived to tell about it – someone might have submitted the six words, then went out and did it again, and …

      You’re right. I prefer to think of them all as safe and sound tonight.

  5. Well, I have to say that the picture you chose looks almost like the window I jumped out of!!! I had to look twice, thinking, how the heck did he found a pic from there…
    @stomperdad: you are a crazy nut!!!

      1. Obviously. You’re here to tell about it. (Thanks for not doing this during the summer. Or when there were snapping turtles down below.)

  6. I just put my house on the market. That’s pretty terrifying to me! Not so much dangerous, unless you’re talking about my mental health.

  7. Cool meme!

    Here’s my 6 words: Unknowingly fanned face with poison ivy.

    You can guess the results of this very stupid act, but what’s worse I’m not sure to this day what the stuff looks like. I just stay away from anything that remotely resembles the plant.

    Have a fun, safe, Independence Day to all. God bless the USA!

    1. Thanks Cathy! What happened to you sounds like something right off Gilligan’s Island or something.

      There’s a rhyme to it, I think. “If leaves are three/leave it be.” Or is it “If leaves are four/you’re destined for gore.”? Dang I hate that.

      Maybe the lesson here is to stay in the air conditioning. At least while there’s Euro Cup matches on.

  8. Sorry to miss this while I was away. Back now and trying to get over some horrendous bug I caught on the plane. On of the more unsafe things I’ve done is: drink too much with British submariners.

  9. These were so fun to read! My visit is so belated – sorry about that… LIFE happened! lol

    Visited the people above and below my submission – awesome idea to build community here. Thanks for including me.

    By the way, my submission ended up with a bloody mess and stitches.

    1. Turned out pretty well, didn’t it Jennifer? Life does happen when we look up from blogging (and sometimes even if we don’t!)

      I hope others found your awesome blog in the process, by the way. And we’re learning more about the ugly aftermath of some of these six-word stories! We’re just thankful for those who pull through.

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