Downright stupid

@GreenMoo (11842)
October 26, 2011 7:18am CST
The weather has turned these last few days, so for the first time in many months I had to put on my proper work boots instead of the Crocs I slob around in all summer. All my work boots have seen better days, but I´ve been trying to save money by making do. The particular pair I had on this morning have the sole separating from the upper. I´ve been burning piles of garden waste this morning. Piles and piles of the stuff. As I worked, the sole got looser and looser till it came away at the back totally and was flapping as I walked. So where´s the stupid? Imagine .... flapping sole, fire, pitchfork. A long piece of bramble caught in between my boot and the sole, tripping me. My and my pitchfork go tumbling into the fire. Thankfully I avoided the red hot center and the points of the pitchfork and landed in the edges of the fire. I injured my pride and got a lot of scratches, but I´m basically unhurt. I´m a very lucky idiot who should have known better. Done anything really stupid later? Are you kicking yourself or counting your blessings?
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@katsmeow1213 (28885)
• United States
26 Oct 11
Wow you are lucky! I'm so happy you're okay! Now please go throw those shoes in the trash! Or at the very least, duct tape them together, lol. We have many of the same shoe problems around here. My kids all have a nice pair of shoes to wear to school, but I don't allow them to wear their school shoes for playing. When money gets tight, as it usually does, they often have to go a really long time with terrible shoes before I can get them another pair. My daughter recently had the issue of her soles completely seperating from the upper, and my oldest son had holes all over his shoes, but still wore them. It took awhile but I finally got around to buying each of them a new pair of play shoes from Walmart. Next hubby will need a new pair of work boots, and I will need a new pair of sneakers.. but we tend to go longest without new shoes because obviously the kids come first. Have I done anything stupid lately? Hmm.. Not in the past few days, but give it some time!
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@GreenMoo (11842)
29 Oct 11
They're in the bin! I saved the laces of course, and have now moved into my second worst pair of boots. These ones have given way at the widest part of the foot on the inside seam, so I get wet feet when I walk through wet grass. But wet feet is better than being barbecued! My eldest is currently the same foot size as me, so when shoes aren't fit for school any more they tend to be passed onto me to wear for working in. That really finishes shoes off!
@ravinskye (8245)
• United States
26 Oct 11
Yikes! That could have ended so much worse! I can remember watching a show where a girl fell over a railing and landed on a microphone stand and it went through her chest and out her back. She survived it too. I do stupid stuff all the time lol. I always worry that I'll fall down the steps when I'm dragging our hampers down. More than once I've tripped over my pajama pants and stumbled. Glad you are okay!
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@jillhill (37399)
• United States
27 Oct 11
I have had a couple of those falls down the steps....a year ago I took a big one...and when I tried to stop myself from falling I made things worse. The next day I was to get on a plane to go see my daughter and I could hardly walk...going through the airport to catch my plane was painful!It was the first time I had ever had back spasms....they are nasty!
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@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
27 Oct 11
I'm still waiting for the realization of my stupidity. I've been driving a van with problems with its transmission. It has been slugish for the past couple of months. This past few weeks, it has been getting worse, that I always hold my breath everytime I make a left turn in a busy intersection. Hoping that the gear would kick in before ongoing traffic hits me in the middle of the intersection. I should get this to the shop. But it's either I don't want to spend money to get it fixed or it's just my 'downright stupidity' that I haven't yet.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
27 Oct 11
Barefoot, taking greasy food out of the oven, dropped the pan and splattered grease all over myself. Luckily I had aloe vera growing on my window sill.
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• China
27 Oct 11
That was a near thing!I dread to think of what would happen,if you fell into the red hot center or somewhere on your body got jabbed with the points of the pitchfork.All puts down to your boots which was flapping as you walked.Sometimes you make do with something and try to save a little only to lose a lot.
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@bingskee (5238)
• Philippines
27 Oct 11
i injured my pride and got a lot of scratches that is so funny. i think it is what hurt the most. it's a good thing that you did not end towards the center of the burning fire. thankfully, you still had the presence of mind probably to avoid it. i had had more stupid incidences. one morning, out from the bed, still sleepy, i went to the kitchen, unscrew the top of the thermos full, my left hand holding the mug, i poured the boiling hot water onto the mug. because the top was fully opened, a surge of the hot water came out to the mug and to my left hand. i got first degree burn. what could be more stupid than that?
@jillhill (37399)
• United States
27 Oct 11
I have had a few of those moments myself....like some idiot told me to put christmas tree lights in to a fire....well we are at a campgrounds....when I put the lights in the black smoke just rolled. I was lucky they didn't call the fire department...it looked like a bunch of tires burning or something...I won't do that again!
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
26 Oct 11
I am more pleased than you might think that you are still with us safe and sound. I've always thought that you were hot stuff but there's no need to take it literally!! As for stupid - thaty's my middle name!! But I'm too ashamed to say how.
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@bagarad (9017)
• Paso Robles, California
29 Oct 11
I do stupid things all the time, but some stand out in my memory more than others. Probably the stupidest thing I've done was because of my ignorance. I had been married for about five years and we had a 1965 VW bug we had gotten new, right off the boat. My husband was young and strong back then, and used to change his own oil to save money. One day when I was driving on the freeway a few miles from home, the oil light came on. I got off the freeway and to a gas station and had the attendant check it. He said I was two quarts down and offered to put it in. I said I'd wait until I got home and have my husband do it. I hadn't gone another mile before I had a whole percussion section making music under my hood -- a terrible sound. Turns out I had an oil leak and I burned the engine waiting to deal with the oil at home to "save money." I had to take a terrible temporary job in a state child care center to earn the $600 for my foolishness, and I never forgot it.
@BarBaraPrz (18520)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
26 Oct 11
Glad you didn't injure anything vital.