On one particular afternoon while doing leaf cleanup, my brother was running a tractor with a leaf blower mounted to the front of it. He was working on a slope and having some difficulty with the machine. He said the hill was too steep for this rig and was concerned it may tip over.
This would be a good time for that calm approach to the situation. A chance for everyone to learn without any yelling. Instead I called him a pussy and told him to get out of my way.
Well as it turns out my brother who has as much experience as I do, was correct. The hill was too steep. The low side tire of the tractor fell in a hole and that was enough for the tractor to flip. It rolled a few times and stopped short of hitting the water. I was able to hop off without getting hurt.
|The machine was upside down but we were able to roll it over to try to stop the fuel from leaking out.|
|The neighbor brought over a bucket to help put out the fire. It was way too late by then.|
So I look at these pictures every now and again just to keep myself in check. Hey, we all make mistakes but I was kinda an asshole in this situation. This was a turning point for me. A real game changer.
Oh, I can still be and ass, but I'm a lot more cautious on slopes.