Friday Wisdom – Shop Rule

I started my working career as an electronic repair technician at 19.  Our company made printers, data concentrators and microfilm readers. One day I cut my hand while working on a printer and my boss gave me this very valuable advice that I still use today:

“Don’t bleed on the equipment!”

Such fond memories of a very caring man.

More wisdom next week,


About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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25 Responses to Friday Wisdom – Shop Rule

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    I never thought I liked modern art, but my 16-year-old son has an eye for it, and he’s gotten us to go to a couple modern art museums. I found it more interesting than I thought I would, not because I thought any work was particularly amazing, but because we had such a good time comparing what we thought about the different pieces. Who says we can’t learn from our kids? 🙂


  2. Connie T says:

    I hate it when I cut myself.


  3. bg says:

    Lol…. Reminds me of my boss where I did my mechanics apprenticeship ,I’d skinned my knuckles when the monkey wrench I’d been told not to use slipped and my boss just said “I see you’ve contracted idiots rash “.😃

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  4. I think that will be my new life mantra…. But of course, being a massage therapist, I’d have to change it to “Don’t bleed on clients”.

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  5. ljlhannah says:

    That boss would have hated me because I find new ways to make myself bleed. I’m a klutz and when u add sharp objects it’s a bloody mess waiting to happen.


  6. jfwknifton says:

    That is actually a fair reflection of the relationship between boss and worker. People are just a means to a profit.


  7. Carrie Rubin says:

    Unless the equipment is a scalpel. Then it’s probably all right. 😉

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  8. Is that the employer’s version of ‘Keep your eye on the ball’. I will keep this good advice in mind, Andrew.


  9. Beth says:

    My husband always says, “Don’t cut your d### off with that thing. Now I can add, “but if you do, don’t bleed on the equipment”. Thank you Andrew for another classic quote !


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