I Heard This Guy’s Life Slipping Away and I Kinda Saved Him!

Combine harvesting
Dying In The Gears Of A Combine – NOT GOOD

My brother-in-law / good friend Cal was inside the combine.

You know, one of those machines used to make bread?

Anyway, something was jammed up internally and he left the combine idling and climbed up inside on the straw-walkers. (things a person shouldn’t ought to climb on)

Don’t Look At Me

In the beginning of the ordeal, I asked my (now ex) brother-in-law if I could help.

Cal said no, he could handle it and at that point I had no reason not to believe him.

I just stood there in the middle of that field on a clear, cool Manitoba morning and as I stared off hard into the wild blue yonder I heard something.

The combine was making a different noise then it was just a few seconds ago.

What had happened was the belts which get “lifted” from their pulleys by a clutch during idle mode were beginning to cool down and as they did, the pulleys ever so slightly began to re-engage.

The change in engine pitch was just a few seconds ahead of my ex-brother-in-law’s frantic yelling and banging as the straw walkers started edging him toward the big harvest in the sky.

Get Right Back To Where You Started From

Yep, my ex-brother in-law is lucky that I’m not the trancy type of person who allows a peaceful environment to lull them into la-la land because as soon as I heard the belts start to grab (coupled with his unnatural girlish type squealing) I leapt into action and and switched off the machine.

The point of this story is that all that Cal did was:

  • get something started
  • got tangled up in it
  • shite started to happen around him
  • he needed help to counteract it

As a believer in the micro / macro concept of reality – its the same everywhere, no matter where you look – I believe that success must happen in the format that accidents do.

All we have to do is start something, get wrapped up in it and the events will take us away, ha ha.

Okay, maybe we need to watch the “wrapped up” part.

Thank you, friend.

Barry out.

Cal – Can I credit you here?

13 Responses to “I Heard This Guy’s Life Slipping Away and I Kinda Saved Him!”

  1. try pouring your thoughts out for a few months and see if it doesn’t affect you.

    I’m impressed with the cycles I see in myself and also the cycles I was convinced existed which don’t.

    Pretty frigging cool analytical device blogging.

    As you were.

  2. Hi Barry

    That must have been a traumatic experience for you both and it was lucky you were there, as the outcome doesn’t bare thinking about.

    Good thinking Barry about your bullet points and success, I suppose the same rules apply.

    I am not into pop music but the tune was catchy, I will admit.


  3. Yeah, the experience shook both of us up afterward when we considered the potential outcome but Cal and I were into living dangerously back then so it wasn’t that big of a deal.

    I’m certain that all events, good or bad, follow the same system for realization. When I figure out what that is, you will be one of the first folks to know.

    Thanks so much for your support Bill. I really appreciate it.

  4. After getting over the shock, it must have been a great feeling to know that you have saved someones life Barry. 8)

    Bill is a sophisticated Jazz lover, and in defence of pop music, I would like to point out that this is actually DANCE music. i.e. You would soon get bored just trying to listen to it, it’s raison d’etre is to get your feet moving, not your mind.

    This confirms a theory I have about you Barry: You’re a good dancer,…….. and I’m jealous. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  5. You know John, at the time neither of us really thought that much about it as we both felt so stupid that there was little space for emotions of heroism.

    You raise an interesting point though, mister.

    Throughout our lives, I bet each of us not only save our own life many times but quite likely other people’s as well.

    And I bet that not many of us correlate those heroic measures in order to add them to our emotional bank accounts.

    (your gonna love where this is heading ๐Ÿ˜Ž )

    And that’s the reason why there are so many heroes and even super heroes – because we innately recognize our own heroism but not wanting to seem crass or narcissistic, we project those feelings outward and recover them through fantasy.

    Eh? Eh? Eh? What Chu Say?

    Chew on them comics for a second, pal…

    And as far as the dancing part – yes, when compared with wheelchair bound paraplegics, I could be a finalist on dancing with the stars!

    You are the grandest of dreamers friend and for that, you are loved!

  6. @Barry Williams, I’m chewing away Barry. ๐Ÿ˜† It’s marvellous following your brain storming. I bet you don’t know what you’re going to say until you start writing, and the ideas develop in front of you.

    Thanks for the comic idea, I think you are on to something here. The biggest comic fans are traditional nerds, who get sand kicked in their face, whenever they go to the beach. The only way to get girls is to dream about being a super hero. It has to be a secret, otherwise they would be laughed out of school. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I like the variety of hero’s; You can choose to be a different one every day. There was even a comic based on this idea “Dial H for Hero”. 8)


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  7. @John McNally,
    You are exactly right about the “not thinking of things before they tumble out of my mouth or off my fingers” prior to saying or typing.

    Its like my head has several channels flowing through it and if I tip it a certain way, the crap slides out of that channel. If I tip it another way, THAT crap slips out.

    And this is exactly why the shite I say seems so corrupt and twisted a lot of the time – I’m tipsy that day and turned my noggin ever so slightly and that is what plopped out…

    Thank you for stopping by to interpret my ploppings, John.

    Later, pal.

  8. Barry,
    I’m shaking my head at you two. Man, talk about being in the right place at the right moment! Glad it all worked out for the best.

    I like how you used this as an analogy for taking action. Without taking action, nothing ever gets done. The steps show up along the way as you need them. Kind of a leap of faith, not knowing all the how-to’s of accomplishing a goal.

    I’ll bet you’re a fine dancer,
    Val ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  9. Thanks Val. I wish I was a good dancer because I would two-step myself out of a few situations I’m in…

    Talk to you later, missus.


  10. That must have been a frightful experience for you both! For the success analogy in this do you mean that we must take urgent action? Just needed clarity on that, Barry! You are a narrator, you should be writing film scripts! What do you think? Your friend xx Enomfon xx
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  11. Thanks Enomfon. Love your name, by the way.

    The combine ordeal was one during a time where I lived life threatening experiences on a regular basis.

    Taking the doors off cars and driving around fast without seatbelts, putting a cinder-brick in a bag and leaving it on the road for someone to run over and so many other crazy, near lethal things now flood back into my mind, just writing this to you.

    There were no dangerous neighborhoods where I lived so we had to invent them. Dang, maybe that’s why I’m hooked on danger now…

    Thanks so much for stopping by Enomfon – I really love what you are doing on your blog. You are a champion, madam.


  12. Great story and excellent thoughts Barry – your sure-footed analysis of the event with Cal and the events of anyone’s success is quite brilliant.

    If uncertainty is what prevents us from grasping upon a successful life then it may also drive us to end it’s control of us.

    There’s a wheat thrashing langolier in everyone’s landscape. I hope that we’re all lucky enough to have someone like you around when it decides to tangle our dreams in it’s straw-walker, or someone as fine as Maxine Nightingale to bring us all back where we started from. Stay cool Barry, Tu eres inimitable. Steve
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  13. @Steve Deerfield,
    Mister Deerfield, I really appreciate the names you call me – even when I have to get a translation.

    Thanks very much for stopping by Steve, your time is much appreciated.


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