Monday, September 24, 2007

A Cut Above

It is with a great deal of pain that I type this. Agony, really, so I shall be short. In addition to the bruised ribs that I earned the other night while praying (for those of you who didn't read the post below, I engage in full-contact prayer) I have yet another new injury.

You see, several weeks ago I ordered a beautiful set of Calphalon knives. Gorgeous blades, really, and while they certainly aren't executive chef quality they are still an enormous improvement over our other utensils.

So I was preparing supper last night when, in a fit of magnanimity, I decided to slice some apples for the baked Brie I had prepared. In the midst of slicing (oh so easily, thanks to the knife) I basically removed a really good portion of my thumb. I can only imagine how much more exponentially painful it would have been had I used a dull knife so, I reckon I'm a mite bit lucky that I had a lovely new knife to take a nice hunk of skin off of my finger.

Moral of the story: Calphalon knives are excellent. Should you desire to: 1. Chop your vegetables well; 2. Slice easily through large hunks of meat; or 3. Amputate a limb easily, I'd suggest buying a set.

So that's it for now. I should have gotten stitches (it bled for a long time) but I'm stubborn and didn't want to be bothered. It'll be fine in a week or so, I'd bet, so no worries. It just means that I'll not be playing "Where is Thumb-kin" any time soon...unless I want to have a disfigured Thumbkin (Here I am! Here I am! How are you today, sir? Very well I thank you, run away, run away).

Oh Lord - I've regressed to pre-school.

Actually, I never got much beyond it.



Unknown said...

I have an extra mandoline. I'll sling it along. If it'll conflict with the vow of poverty, it'll be a loan.


Karen said...

I'm starting to worry about you.

Of course, I'm in L.A. lying on two heating pads... However, my muscle spasm is apparently the result of two many airplaneas. My prayer life remains very safe.

Anonymous said...

you really should have a doctor look at your thumb; at least get some antibiotics.

Unknown said...


Anonymous said...

Can you still play music?

Anonymous said...

I agree with anonymous ... get your finger checked out .... I know Jesuits are stubborn and independent and do not want to bother anyone else .... go have your finger looked at,

Fergus said...

Hi. Just stumbled acorss your blog while googling for some college work. Thought I'd say Hello but couldn't send a message any other way than through the comment box. Tin whistle playing is very impressive and I've heard lots of it (being born and bred Irish). Fergus.

+ Alan said...

Aaah, the thumb slice. A chef's injury for sure. Curl those digits in while slicing brutha. Hope you're healing up. I'm coveting a couple of Shun knives myself at the moment but don't have the money for it. I'll survive I reckon.

Oh, and thanks for the tin whistle instruction and inspiration. My 13 year old son has a natural talent for it and enjoys watching your videos for pointers. Pax vobiscum.