Thursday, November 2, 2017

Dexterity of 7

Fell down a flight of stairs today. Was carrying a hotel pan of sizzling hot tomato bisque in two hands, when another cook decided to fly up the stairs, his head down, because he was in a hurry. I stopped him, avoided the collision, then took a step to the right to let him pass. And then, when I took my next step, there was no stair there.

I stumbled down, nailed myself several times on the left hand side with the metal railing as I struggled not to deadfall down the stairs. I kept the pan in my hands, half juggling it, until I was at the bottom, when I finally had to let go of it to grab the railing. The pan hit the floor, losing only one third of its contents - with bisque, you oven cook the tomatoes until they're on the edge of burning, to bring out the flavor - but that meant tomatoes all over the floor, on the walls, on the ceiling.

Cleaned it up, made the remaining five liters of bisque and slowly cooled down while cutting a dozen heads of lettuce.

Life in a kitchen.

3 comments:

Vlad Malkav said...

At least it's a good thing you averted the collision, and that none of you got badly burned, or broke something. Would it have been me, I'm pretty sure it'd have gone noticeably worse.

Do your body feel fine now, or at least has it accustomed itself to the work ?

Alexis Smolensk said...

I'm 240 lbs and in magnificent shape. But the joints and tendons never stop hurting; I can manage the effort just fine, but anyone in my age range will pay for every hour worked with a soreness that just doesn't go away.

Zrog (ESR) said...

Sorry to hear about your injury. It's too bad that you can't upgrade your ability scores in real life, either! Or maybe you need to upgrade your edition to Alexis 3.5, so you can get ability score increases! ;-)