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Old 12-21-2007, 08:30 PM   #21
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It inspires me to hire a contractor when I need roof work done.


No Chit! My shoulder surgery i trace right back to having the paper go out from under me as i was holding a nail gun on a 10/12 pitch roof on our last house - threw that arm, with gun and air hose, up and forward to catch <something> and all was not good thereafter. Hate doing stupid stuff, which i usually discover shortly after one of those "i can do this" moments. I can do it, it's just that it costs too much in pain vs. cash. I pay for roofing now and don't mind it a bit.
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Max McGee, former Packers receiver, dies at 75 in fall from roof - NFL - Yahoo! Sports

Bo Diaz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I guess this one doesnt count...Bo was on the roof when a sat. dish crushed him....I guess back in the day when they were bigger than a pizza pan
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ok then, lets do comparative google searches.

roofing billionaire: 111 google entries nationwide
evaldo guedes: 1 google entry
the pearl city guy: didn't even get named so why even bother googling
joshua reich: 4 entries all from the same town
the arlington man: just an injury but no name.
paula gade balubalu you ask? google doesn't even pick up on the original article.

i stand by the proposed spirit of my original contention.
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...once again proving this bunch can work up a pi$$ing match over anything, everything, and especially nothing.
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Old 12-22-2007, 10:54 AM   #25
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hey, you're the one who gave us something to do all day.
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hey, you're the one who gave us something to do all day.
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This thread has been very helpful to me - especially the part where we take the time to search for roofing deaths in various forms, deliberate as to whether satellite dish deaths qualify, and have Dex enlighten us that killing yourself by falling off a roof is the reason he "tries not to do stupid things."

Is this one classy board, or what?

"Best of the board" candidate?

P.S. I once was cleaning the second story window atop a big ladder. A hornet landed on my hand on the rung, at the same time my 10 year old son thought it would be fun to sneak into the room, crawl toward the window and jump up and scream to scare Daddy. I jolted to one side, somehow saved a fall by grabbing a shingle (which cracked but didn't break).

Unfortunately I still do stupid things.
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Old 12-22-2007, 03:51 PM   #28
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I once knew an OB who fell off his own roof (trying to LBYM). He suffered multiple trauma and ended up in the ICU, where he had to observe an emergent cesarian section on a woman with ARDS (for people who are not Rich_in_Tampa, that's a life threatening lung condition). Of course the poor (stupid) OB was on a ventilator himself and couldn't do a thing to help.

After that, the OB made no further attempts to hang up his shingle.....

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The back pages of my alumni magazine always have at least a dozen obituaries, usually crafted by shipmates or classmates. There's even a full page of advice on how to write an obituary for a military audience and another one for a non-military audience.

So in our "What to do if we wake up dead" papers I've included a draft of my own obituary. (Wait until spouse finds that!) The military details make it easier for the actual writer to do the job without having to waste a lot of time getting it wrong, and it's a good way to focus on what I think is the important stuff in life. It was kinda fun to write, too, although not as much fun as "I told you I was sick"...

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After that, the OB made no further attempts to hang up his shingle.....
You've been waiting a long time to get that punchline off your chest, haven't you?
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enough to make me question how we value the life of a roofer.
I think you need to focus on the irony part, not the fact that he was rich.

Euell Gibbons, natural foods advocate, died of 'natural causes'.

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I think you need to focus on the irony part, not the fact that he was rich.

Euell Gibbons, natural foods advocate, died of 'natural causes'.

there must be more, all I can think of right now. - ERD50
At the time of his death, Dr. Adkins -- the Adkins Diet Doctor who created a high fat, low carb diet-- was obese, weighing nearly 260 pounds, and suffered a heart attack which may have caused his death.
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At the time of his death, Dr. Adkins -- the Adkins Diet Doctor who created a high fat, low carb diet-- was obese, weighing nearly 260 pounds, and suffered a heart attack which may have caused his death.
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A great Sat night read. This group is endlessly entertaining. Beats anything on TV or the movie DH rented for himself and the kids. Thanks.
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Just last year a fairly young wife of one of the local doctor's died when she fell thru the roof while getting out christmas decorations.
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Well that kind of put a damper on the party
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I think you need to focus on the irony part, not the fact that he was rich.

Euell Gibbons, natural foods advocate, died of 'natural causes'.

there must be more, all I can think of right now. - ERD50
my sense of humor may be lacking but i fail to see the irony of a roofer dying from a fall. that's not irony, that's obvious. i mean, he's on a freaking roof; how did you think he'd die? his ironic death would have been if a roofer fell on him.

now that could have made national news without noticing his riches.

ps qualifying note: having spent most my entire life in the construction industry directly or tied to, i'm rather sensitive to construction-related deaths.
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my sense of humor may be lacking but i fail to see the irony of a roofer dying from a fall. that's not irony, that's obvious. i mean, he's on a freaking roof; how did you think he'd die? his ironic death would have been if a roofer fell on him.

now that could have made national news without noticing his riches.
You're right. I hadn't actually read the story, just the thread title and comments. Since the thread title had 'irony' in it, I figured it was an irony. But he was actually checking the construction of his own roof. I was thinking that he was up there, putting up Christmas decos or something unrelated to construction and he fell through a roof that his company constructed. That would be ironic - no?

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Always found Jim Fix dying of a heart attack while running to be ironic.

Plus it had the added benefit of pissing off my marathon-obsessed ex-girlfriend
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Always found Jim Fix dying of a heart attack while running to be ironic.
That's the other one I was thinking of! Thanks, I can sleep now

Great way to justify a couch potato life-style. Forget the double-blind studies, this anecdote suits the bill - I'm stickin' with it!

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