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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  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. Rosey says:

      You’re lucky to be alive, Janine!! I once rooted for Ohio State while living in Michigan…*shivers.*

      1. Eli Pacheco says:

        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.

    2. Eli Pacheco says:

      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. Eli Pacheco says:

      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. Eli Pacheco says:

        *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. Eli Pacheco says:

        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.

  3. PS: I want to hear more about that robber story from Mo L!!!

    1. Mary Lou says:

      Me too, Tamara! Mo L’s caught my eye right away! 🙂

      1. Eli Pacheco says:

        Mo, you’re on the hook, it would appear.

    2. Eli Pacheco says:

      Mo – how about it? You can even tell it here if you’d like. It’ll be like when Geraldo Rivera opened Al Capone’s tomb only it won’t suck.

  4. stomperdad says:

    Reblogged this on All In A Dad's Work and commented:
    Bloggers living dangerously…

    1. Mary Lou says:

      Stomper dad ! I don’t see a re-blog button. Did you copy and paste? I’d like to share it too on my blog. Thanks!

      1. stomperdad says:

        This is a reblog from Eli at Coach Daddy. If you visit his blog you can re-blog directly from him. Thanks for sharing! 😀

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        It’s right there left of the like button, Mary Lou!

      3. Mary Lou says:

        I shared it through ‘Reader’, Eli. For some reason I couldn’t find that ReBlog button before. 😀

      4. Eli Pacheco says:

        There’s more than one way to grill a cheese sandwich, I always say.

  5. These are sooooo great! I love “ate hot dog from street vendor”! Fantastic! Going to visit a few more of these. Thanks for including me.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      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.

  6. ksbeth says:

    amazing that we are all still here )

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Those who perished weren’t invited to participate in this, Beth.

      1. Mary Lou says:

        Hahahahaha! 😀

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        *bows head in reverence*

  7. Rosey says:

    lol at ‘talked with my hands near cacti.’ That’s especially dangerous if you’re Italian! 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      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.

  8. daleydowning says:

    These were fun to read…and it goes to show that sometimes “dangerous” can have multiple definitions.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      You should read the ones unfit or publication, DD.

      1. Eli Pacheco says:

        Their secrets are safe with me.

  9. amommasview says:

    Hahaha, they are all great!!!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Not a sucky one in the bunch.

      1. Eli Pacheco says:

        First-timers sometimes see the list they’re in and say, “next time, I’m going to bring it like the rest of them did!”

      2. amommasview says:

        Ha! I see. Well, we really did well… liked stomperdad’s wasp adventure… and so many others!

      3. Eli Pacheco says:

        If he falls off that ladder, and is hospitalized even a few weeks, he doesn’t make the cut.

  10. Kathy G says:

    There’s some great stories here. Can’t wait to click through and read them.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      There are many untold stories, Kathy. Glad you shared yours on your blog.

  11. Mary Lou says:

    Can’t wait to visit some of the other blogs! Thank you, Eli! This is fast becoming my favorite blogging event! 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      There’s some good stuff, Mary Lou. Thanks for taking part, and linking to it! Be on the lookout for the next prompt.

  12. Kisma says:

    Hahaha, these are fantastic and a superior laugh to start my day.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Better than watching Rockies highlights from vs. Toronto. Frickenfrackenfrigginfrackenfrick…

  13. Great list. I “balance precariously, often, on ladders, counters”.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Jenn. Now, that’s living dangerously precariously.

  14. Kim says:

    So many great stories – that I need to know how they ended!! 😀 😀

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      EVERYONE’s on the hook, Kim.

  15. 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. Eli Pacheco says:

      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!

  16. Susan says:

    Great stories – had fun reading them. Some of them were – wow!

  17. Dana says:

    I need to ask Mo about hers – there’s a good story in that one! Fun as always, Eli -thanks!

    1. mocadeaux says:

      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!

      1. Eli Pacheco says:

        ^how to promote.

    2. Eli Pacheco says:

      If we all pitch in a fiver, maybe Mo will spill it, Dana. Thanks for playing along!

  18. Rorybore says:

    This one was so much fun! Nice to see that I’m not the only one who lived on the edge at times. Relieved to know those days are past! 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It’s a blast, Rore. You’re not alone on the edge. I wonder how many of us have yet to do our most unsafe things.

  19. jennymarie4 says:

    Enjoyed all of these, lol! 🙂 Thanks for including me Eli!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Not a single sucky one, Jenny. Glad you could make it!

      1. jennymarie4 says:

        Haha! And I’m glad too. Great tradition you have 🙂 fun to be a part of it!

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        We’ve done this for a couple of years now, and I’ve yet to run out of ideas!

  20. tamaralikecamera says:

    #31 is my favorite.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Would you do the same, Tamara?

  21. mocadeaux says:

    “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. Eli Pacheco says:


  22. Hilarious and fun! Thank God everyone survived to tell about it. 🙂 Mine would have to be:
    One hundred forty miles per hour.
    Barbara from Life & Faith in Caneyhead

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      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.

  23. Funny list of great experiences! Thanks again for the fun! ヾ(´▽`;)ゝ

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      The proper authorities better not see this, Pat. Thanks for playing along in the name of safety. Or a mockery thereof.

      1. Yeah, the things we had to go through to gain experience. Thanks for the laughs, Eli! _へ__(‾◡◝ )>

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        But look what we’ve become today! (crickets)

  24. amommasview says:

    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. Eli Pacheco says:

      It’s not like I’d track down the exact window, or something. Right?

      1. amommasview says:

        It looks so very much like it but nope, not the one 😉

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        It would be creepy if it actually was.

      3. amommasview says:

        Just slightly… 😉

      4. Eli Pacheco says:

        I wanted to find an image of a woman leaping from at least 26 stories up, but no dice.

      5. amommasview says:


      6. amommasview says:

        Face plant into the deep snow 😂😂😂😜

      7. Eli Pacheco says:

        Wow, I didn’t know you stuck the landing with your face.

      8. amommasview says:

        Well, sort of… it was soft though, so no damage done…

      9. Eli Pacheco says:

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

      10. amommasview says:

        Hahahaha… I really don’t know what actually made me jump. I’ve not been like this, never. No real risk taker (physically)… 😉

      11. Eli Pacheco says:

        The emotional and intellectual risks take far more courage than the physical ones, don’t they?

      12. amommasview says:

        Hahahaha. Oh for sure 😉

  25. Lyn says:

    Eli, I think this 6 Words post is one of the best so far. They raise so many questions that need to be answered 😀

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It’s certainly the most incriminating.

  26. Lisa A. says:

    Reblogged this on Life of an El Paso Woman and commented:
    Thanks to Eli for letting me take part this month! Several of these stories are hilarious!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks for joining the tribe again, Lisa. And for sharing this!

      1. Lisa A. says:

        Anytime Eli! 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Sweet! Thanks for playing along, and for sharing it here!

  27. TheJackB says:

    This was fun, I appreciate being included and am enjoying meeting other bloggers.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad to have you along, Jack.

  28. mamarabia says:

    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.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      The entire process of home buying while home selling makes terrifying look like kids play. Mental health could be a whole different 6 words, Rabia.

  29. Oh man I am SO sorry I missed this one…catch me next time?
    Drove drunk as a lord. Once.

  30. 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. Eli Pacheco says:

      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.

  31. 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.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Welcome back. Airplanes can be Petri dishes, like daycare. I think there’s a post in that submariner story, Susan.

  32. Jennifer Bly says:

    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. Eli Pacheco says:

      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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