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Goats, gripes, and grasping for greatness
Goat wrestling, solo edition 
29th-Jun-2016 09:25 pm
I'm very glad that I decided to get home from knitting group before dark. As I drove down the driveway, I saw that Pan had gotten stuck in the center field cattle panel fencing. I took off my sweater and pumps and put on muck boots and went out to wrestle Pan's head back through. Nothing doing. He was straining and pushing so far forward that he was choking himself worse. The technique of grabbing his beard and pulling to invoke a reverse reaction didn't work - he thought I was "helping" and pushed forward harder.

While digging for the unfortunately-hallucinated-rather-than-real bolt cutters, I called Achaosofkittens for some solution assistance. Solution 1: cut the panel with cross-cut cable snips, but probably not butch enough. Solution 2: use a pipe wrench to break the fence weld, but may not have enough leverage. Solution 3: jigsaw, risking goat neck next to power tools. Solution 4: sawzall, ditto.

Solution 1, plus a helluva lot of adrenalin and determination and wrist strength, won the day. Pan is free. My fingers are not smashed in the process. However, I have probably put my arm back three months in healing. So "dammit Pan" is going to be my new "ow!" for my right arm. Maybe by September...

And Achaosofkittens will be buying bolt-cutters on his way home tomorrow.
30th-Jun-2016 09:03 am (UTC)
Glad Pan is alright and that you were there to see him and free him!
30th-Jun-2016 03:55 pm (UTC)
Me too!
30th-Jun-2016 02:20 pm (UTC) -
I'm so glad you were able to free Pan.

I hope your arm wasn't tweaked as badly as you fear. :(
30th-Jun-2016 03:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks, me too! and me too! It's not so bad today as I expected. My shoulder is a lot less happy, though. load-sharing?
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30th-Jun-2016 09:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, no fun. But now we have bolt cutters!
30th-Jun-2016 08:18 pm (UTC)
Sorry abou anonymous but not on any of the choices... got to read your blog by following a concatenation of links that started in Ravelry, went thru the old 2009 yelling class where i saw your link about your mother's work with First Nation children, so got here... just a quick note to pass on some appreciation. i hope the arm is not screwed up as long as you first estimated:)) eve wallace ravelry: naughtypaw
30th-Jun-2016 09:03 pm (UTC)
Nice to meet you. Thanks for the explanation of how you got here. I hope my journal has been interesting. I don't remember what I said about Mom's work, but I expect it had something to do with checking for cultural assumptions. Out of curiosity, how did a 2009 post get you here?
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