Beekeeping accident insurance report

24 Feb

Dear State Farm Claim Adjustor:

I'm writing in response to your request for additional information concerning my beekeeping accident. Please notice that in block #3 of the accident report form I wrote "trying to do the job alone" as the cause for my accident. You said in your letter that I should explain more fully, and I trust that the following information will be sufficient. I am a hobbyist beekeeper living in the heart of my city. The only place I can keep my hives is on the top of the six-story apartment house where I live.

When I harvest honey I am not allowed to carry it on the elevator or down the stairs becasue I never seem to be able to get all the bees off of the combs. Besides, dripping sticky honey down six flights of stairs creates an ant problem. So I designed an ingenious method, utilizing a pulley mounted at the edge of the roof, and a rope attached to a platform that enables me to lower the heavy honey supers to the ground so they can be taken to a friends house where there is extracting equipment. This past year my hives produced far more honey than usual so I had a bountiful crop to harvest.

On the date of the accident, I was working alone on the roof of this six-story building. I first secured the rope at ground level, then I went up to the roof and harvested eight supers of honey that weighed a total of 600 pounds. I moved the platform over the edge and carefully stacked the supers on it. Then I went back to the ground and untied the rope, holding it tightly to ensure a slow descent of the 600 pounds of honey supers. Now, you will note in block #2 of your accident report form that I weigh 250 pounds.

Due to my surprise at being jerked off the ground so suddenly, I forgot to let go of the rope. Needless to say, I proceeded at a rapid rate up the side of the building! In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the platform coming down...this explains the fractured skull and broken collarbone. Slowed only slightly, I continued my rapid acsent, not stopping until the fingers of my right hand were buried four knuckles deep in the pulley. Fortunately, by the time I had regained my prescence of mind, I was able to hold tightly to the rope in spite of my great pain.

At approximately the same time, however, the platform of honey hit the ground and the honey supers fell off. Devoid of the weight of the honey supers, the platform now weighs approximately 50 pounds. ( I refer you again to my weight in block #2 of the accident report form.) As you can imagine, I began a rapid rate of descent - down the side of the building. Somewhere in the vicinity of the third floor, I again met the platfrom coming up. This accounts for the two fractured ankles and the lacerations of my legs and lower body.

The encounter with the platform slowed me enouh to lessen the injuries I received as I fell onto the scattered pile of honey supers and frames. Fortunately, only three vertabrae were cracked. I am sorry to report that, as I lay there in unbearable pain, my body embedded in the broken, mushed honey combs wet with honey, and unable to sit up, and watching the empty platform six stories above me, I again lost my prescence of mind and let go of the rope. The empty platform, weighing more than the rope, came immediately down upon me, breaking both legs. In the confusion I barely noticed the 50 or so bee stings I received upon the face. That explains my closed eyes and puffy ears. In conclusion, I sincerely hope I have furnished the information you required as to how the accident occured. All because: I was trying to do the job alone.

I found this posted over at I have edited it for my insurance company and approximate weight.

To all my friends, this did not happen to me, i just found this funny and wanted to share it.



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I'm still alive!

27 Jun

The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated. Mark Twain

So i have been really busy and negleting this site. I have been working on this blog code re-write project, and a accounting system, plus a re-write of a Property Management system. Working on learning go-lang and rust-lang.  Also i have started to get into keeping bees. And that is what is keeping me busy. Not to mention my son Simon. I'm trying to be a good dad for him, and want to spend as much time with him as i can. I'm not sure i'm doing a good job. So honey if you are reading this the people don't need your comments. :-D


I love my wife, she is awesome. God really blessed me with a incredible woman. I'm doing the best to keep her with me. However if she ever leaves me i'm going with her! And i mean it.


Anyway, i'll try to post more interesting stuff. Maybe about the projects i'm working on.

With Rust lang i'm doing a bot for Telegram. It's a Bible bot, so you can send it verses or topics and it will return the verse or verses for the topic. You can also tag verses for reference. It's not up yet, i need to get some db schema issues resolved. However i was able to send a few commands and get lists of the books of the Bible back.


With Go-lang trying to build sensor monitor. Which i got a domain for it. However it's not up yet, so i don't need to share that information. It's using mqtt with Apache Artemis  as the messaging system. With the purchase of the domain name i started API for my dns management system. I needed to upgrade it. I wrote  the initial version some 10 years or so ago I think it's been 15 years.

Well that's all for now. I'll post more hopefully before the end of July.


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Infograph that matches me

18 Nov

So i came across this infographic that fit me almost exactly... except the salary and the amount of hair.  :-D So i decided i would post it here so anyone that knows me and stops by can try and guess which one i am.

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Either by the Bible, or by the bayonet

17 May

Well i have not posted much here lately. I have been reading The Christian History of the American Revolution Consider and Ponder. This is a monster of a Book. I also have The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America - Christian Self Government. Another monster book. I have also continued my reading of the Bible. I am in 1 Chronicles right now. The first 9 chapters are killer. Allot of genealogies  in there. 

I have had some clients have issues with their systems, so that has taken some of my time as well. I am giving about an hour a night working on some new software. I don't have much time to get into any major projects, so the few minutes i pick one feature and try to implement it. Sometimes it works, many times it doesn't, so i have to pick it up some other night.

Something i have noticed in talking with people is how lazy those that call themselves "Christian" really are. They know more about what's on some tv show then they do about the Bible. Ask them a question about scripture and they have no idea what you are talking about. You have to stick to the Easter/Christmas stories in order to talk Biblically with them. It's so pathetic. Something i read in the book mentioned above. I am putting it here. The software i am working on is my reference app. I write my notes in my notebook or i put them in reference. As soon as i get printing i will put more into it. I like to keep a physical copy. I have been using computers long enough to know not to trust them. :-D

All societies of men must be governed in some way or other. The less they may have of stringent State Government, the more they must have of individual self-government. The less they rely on public law or physical force, the more they must rely on private moral restraint. Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled, either by a power within them, or by a power without them; either by the word of God, or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible, or by the bayonet. It may do for other countries and other governments to talk about the State supporting religion. Here, under our own free institutions, it is Religion which must support the State.

And never more loudly than at this moment have these institutions of ours called for such support.... Who does not perceive in all these circumstances that our country is threatened, more seriously than it ever has been before, with that moral deterioration, which has been the unfailing precursor of political downfall? And who is so bold a believer in any system of human checks and balances as to imagine, that dangers can be effectively counteracted or averted in any other way, than by bringing the mighty moral and religious influences of the Bible to bear in our defence.

It's more than just the Christians being lazy. I think there are many other people that are lazy as well. There are things that will require allot of the American and to many of them have become so "entitled" to what they think they deserve that they will selfishly  watch their country be destroyed than to give up what they can to see it be preserved. Now this is not everyone, just to many people. Heck when 1/3rd of US. Wages and Salaries are payouts from the government, it is a big sign that things are going wrong. Another sad fact is that most people don't even know about the kind of government that America was founded as. Just so you know it's a Constitutional Republic, or some say a Representative Republic. So many people run around saying we are a Democracy, which is sad. I guess what Hitler said is true, Tell a lie often enough, loud enough, and long enough, and people will believe you.

And people have taken this Democracy  hook, line, and sinker. My personal belief is that man removed God's Word from being the text book of America.  Dr. Benjamin Rush had this to say about removing the Bible:

But passing by all other considerations, and contemplating merely the political institutions of the United States, I lament that we waste so much time and money in punishing crimes and take so little pains to prevent them. We profess to be republicans, and yet we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government; that is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by means of the Bible; for this divine book, above all others, favors that equality among mankind, that respect for just laws, and all those sober and frugal virtues which constitute the soul of republicanism

Don't look for the Church to help. There are so many men that the building they are in is just a temple to themselves ( I call them Whore houses), and they wouldn't know the True Word of God if it hit them in the head. They like to scratch ears these days(II Timothy 4:3). I have talked with some that are seeking the Truth, yet so many are not. Something i was telling someone else the other day. Many people want God on their terms, and they think He has agreed with them. However you just need to open up your KJB and realize it's His terms, period.


Carry on!


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