Friday, August 29, 2008

Blogging Wounded

Yesterday I told you about the oven that I am helping to build at Hendricks Farms and Dairy, and I put up a slide show that partially detailed the process of laying up the block for the base. In today's slide show you will see that we filled in the base with a combination of busted-up cement block, shale, old brick and sand. We also began laying the firebrick that will make up the deck of the oven and serve as a "counter top" upon which we can serve food, cool bread and whatever.

So far the project is going really well. But, I'm feeling pretty beaten up. Handling all that cement block yesterday shredded my fingertips and the pain from all those tiny cuts kept me up the better part of last night. Even now, after numerous applications of a terrific anesthetic hand lotion ( I'm using Bag Balm) the pain from typing is infuritaing. And although I swim between 5 and 6 miles a weeks and my legs are in great shape, my hamstrings feel like they've got spear heads buried in them.

After so many years of doing masonry owrk on a amateur basis, I knew that what to expect: masonry if f---ing brutal and, it takes about two weeks for my body to get get used to it.


I wonder if Mike Ramondo, who graciously voulunteered to help, is in as much pain as I am.






15 comments:

Mike Pardus said...

You're old, Bob...get used to it. Also - not wearing gloves while laying stone is like not wearing latex while...well, yaknow, this MAY be a family channel...anyway, it's not safe and may lead to painful discharge. Balm Bag???? take two percocettes and call me in the morning. You're a cook, damn it, act like one and quit whining. I'm building an oven next spring - I'll expect advice, but not sympathy.

blondee47 said...

Go out to the pharmacy and buy Zims Ointment or Cream for DIABETICS...put on hands have sweetie wrap in saran wrap and put socks on them overnight...no sex, but baby-butt hands

blondee47 said...

and most sores will be gone, as a diabetic i get dry heels which crack and are dangerous..one night like this on my feet and the cracks are gone

MessyONE said...

Tonight, wash your hands really thoroughly with soap and water, then let them dry completely and put on a generous coating of zinc oxide cream. Put on a pair of lightweight cotton gloves and by tomorrow they'll have started to heal nicely.

(FYI, if you do this for a couple of days when you get a new tattoo, it works wonders for healing time. Don't ask.)

My right thumb looks like it's been through a food processor at the moment - that's what I get for scraping about five pounds of tiny globe carrots with a paring knife. The carrots were beautiful....

Bob del Grosso said...

Mike,
Thanks for nothing. I'd have worn gloves had I thought to bring them.

Blondee47 and messyone-
By today (Sat) I'm over it. Between the previous day's treatment with Bag Balm and the gloves I wore today,my hands are already mostly healed. But thanks!

Ed Bruske said...

I'll have to second that motion on the gloves, Bob. Cement lock and no gloves? That's like standing barefoot in front of the deep-fat fryer.

Bob del Grosso said...

Ed
"Standing barefoot in the deep fat fryer" Lovely image that.

I've been working with all types of natural stone since I finished my BA in 1980 (yeah, my first job after graduation from college was with an stonemason. But until two days ago I never worked with block so I had no idea how sharp it is.

Ben said...

Concrete block is sort of like leggos for gorillas. not an occupation I would reccomend for anyone, but I have had to do quite a bit of it. Stone masonry is a lot more creative, but when you have to make money at it, it is no easier, and sometimes way harder to do.

Maura said...

I'm with Pardus. You need percocet. Or hydrocodone. Now that stuff works wonders.

Linda said...

I really cannot believe that you showed up without gloves....that was like asking for trouble....

Scotty said...

Having had the opportunity to actually see this work in progress (as well as the vat of Bag Balm), I have to say that I am impressed, and cannot wait to see photos of the finished oven!

redman said...

I want to build one of these things in our backyard. It's on the back burner for now, since this winter we plan to put in a coop for our city chickens

Deborah Dowd said...

That is what I call dedication to the art and practice of baking!

raoul duke said...

Quite your whining. I'm just finishing a wood fired oven that has been consuming our summer project list w/my wife. Blocked, 5'6" wide and 6' deep. Attached is a bbq center 4'X7' and I'm 64 y/o. Fired pizza's x2 and don't have a regret about the pain and suffering. The wine and pakalolo help significantly.

Percocet Side Effects said...

My name is Mike Conlin and i would like to show you my personal experience with Percocet.

I am 20 years old. Have been on Percocet for 25 days now. This drug works very well for pain, however be aware that it is EXTREMELY ADDICITVE if not taken appropriately. Dependence/tolerance is easily built up, and it will make you feel euphoric if enough is taken. My best advice is to throw them out if you ever feel you are taking them for anything other then the exact reason they were prescribed

I have experienced some of these side effects-
dizzyness, lightheadedness, a sort of euphoric feeling, odd dreams, drowsyness and also itchyness. The itchyness is very sporadic (for lack of a better word) and comes in different spots all over my body, although not very intense if taken appropriately.

I hope this information will be useful to others,
Mike Conlin