What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stranger

The Paddle Predicament (Rated PG-13) March 25, 2015

Tech is not only not fun. It is also very dangerous. If you have no idea what I am talking about, please click here and read part one in the my “tech will never be fun” series.

I have a friend whom I love dearly. He is a lovely human being who just so happens to be very accident prone. It got to the point where if you heard something fall back stage at the theatre you would call his name and ask him if he was all right. Only once was it not him who had fallen, and he was moderately insulted that we had all believed him to have been the one to have fallen down the stairs.

One tech in particular he was in a hurry. He was up a ladder working on a set piece with a paddle bit. He needed to reach up and do something not paddle bit related, so he put the screw gun down the front of his pants, paddle bit end first. He reached up over his head, his belt hit the screw gun trigger, and the paddle bit hit his nuts, twisting itself into his skin.

After falling off the ladder in pain, as one clearly would, he discovered that he couldn’t get the paddle bit back out of his, for lack of a better word, nut skin. So he had to put the paddle bit in reverse to untwist his NUTS!!!!

After a few minutes with an Ice pack and a cigarette, he went back up on the ladder shocked himself with an open circuit and flew back off the ladder! Which required another cigarette and an icepack for his shocked hand.

Then he had to finish the night.

The moral is this story is twofold. One: never put a paddle bit down your pants. Two: tech is NEVER fun!


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