Also, one commenter noted: "Wasn't there some big debate over bagel slicers at one point and now this? Is that irony I smell?" (Click on the link to read the debate itself, but for the lazies, briefly: Joe had this bad habit of holding his bagels in his palm while cutting them in lengthwise directly into his hand, and I had a problem with that, especially given that he's in a profession where hand tendon injury could be catastrophic. For instance, a minor to moderate hand injury would not necessarily end my career as I know it, but it could almost certainly end his. However, you will be gratified to know that after that last discussion more than a year ago, Joe doesn't cut his bagels employing the "hand taco" method anymore--or at least he doesn't do it in front of me.)
Well, here's the difference as I see it. I slice a lot of vegetables with a vegetable peeler. This most recent event I would classify as an accident. Accidents happen. For example, I try to be cautious at work, but sometimes accidents still happen, like, say, needle sticks in the OR. But accidents happening despite best precautions is different than habitually unsafe practice--like recapping non-blunt needles by hand, or sloppy sterile technique. (This is no one in specific, by the way, just a few easy everyday examples I can think of). Or, to bring it out of the hospital setting and back into the kitchen where it started, let's say slicing bagels using your palm as the cutting board, or rubbing raw chicken all over your countertops. My point being, I would say it's the difference between cutting yourself in the kitchen (it happens to everyone) versus setting up a situation where cutting yourself is much, much more likely to happen.
So no, that's not irony you smell. Just the smell of human flesh and ginger cooking in a delectable mélange.
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Oh, and by the way, not that I wish you pain, but if you happen to have cut your hand and if you also happen to work in some kind of germ zone (or at least in a job where you have to wash your hands a lot), here's a great and truly occlusive bandage that will hold up for, I kid you not, a good couple of days.
I got a six pack of these for the winter season (A.K.A. the "I'm washing my hands so much and the weather is so dry that my hands be cracking everywhere" season) and between me and Mack (Mack is a great believer in the curative power of Band-Aids, even without any actual visible injury--he prefers to prophylactically laminate himself) we are putting them to good use. They're a little more expensive but seriously, they are worth it for high-mobility areas--as mentioned before, they are truly occlusive, they really stick well, and don't tend to get all sodden and ooze off like the more traditional model.
Now everyone go get injured!