I have always been grateful that I could learn from other people’s mistakes.
Take for instance, seat belts. I have seen the results of other people not wearing seat belts – either being thrown from the vehicle, or being thrown around inside the vehicle. Based on this observation, I’ve learned to wear a seat belt in the car – I do not need to personally experience the effects of not wearing a seat belt.
I’ve seen people lose their jobs for stealing tools, stealing time, stealing money, and drinking on the job. I do not need to personally experiment with these activities to understand the consequences.
Since you all have so graciously endowed me with your mistakes, it seems only fair that I share mine with you. So sit up and take notes. This could come in handy some day.
If you have one of those fold-down ladders leading to your attic, you should not attempt to repair it yourself. Several years ago I did that. Once I had the two bottom sections taken off, I was working on the upper section when I had all the hardware taken apart, and realized I was holding the spring-loaded mechanism in my hand and that when I let go, all that spring-loaded energy was going somewhere, and I didn’t know where. While contemplating my predicament, the bar slipped out of my hand. The bar swung around and unloaded all the energy just above my eye – all I got was small cut, but could have lost an eye. You don’t need to do that – just hire a carpenter (like I did the next day).
Next time you put your laptop bag in the back of your pickup truck, don’t drive through the car wash. Fortunately, if you have one that has thick “plastic” ballistic canvas, like me, the laptop may not get soaked, but you will have a panic-attack before you can get out of the car wash and check on it (like I did).
And finally, if you use a pressurized sprayer for applying Round-Up to the weeds in your yard, make sure the sprayer does not have a tiny pin-hole leak in it BEFORE you walk across the lawn with it. On the other hand, if you consider the wavy brown stripe across the front-lawn as art, it doesn’t really look that bad.
So, there you go. You have the opportunity to learn the easy way. Oh – that reminds me – don’t park in the corner space. Especially where buses/shuttles drive through the parking lot – they tend to clip the corner of cars without stopping. (I also learned this the easy way – riding in the shuttle that clipped someone else’s car.)