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Old 04-10-2018, 01:27 PM   #1
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"Bus bod"

So I'm guessing you have heard of dad bod. Wondering if any of you have seen the result of "bus bod"

I've been averaging 5 hours of bus building per day for about 9-10 months. It starts to add up.

Can any of you relate:

1. Chronically dirty and cut hands that never completely heal before more small wounds are inflicted.
2. Black stuff that comes out of your nose from when you were too lazy or forgetful to wear a mask for "just this one thing that needs painted or ground down"
3. Random visits to medical professionals because "that one spark got past my safety glasses."
4. Sunburn...either from welding or...the sun.
5. Permanent headlamp hair.
6. Random spark burns on arms and ankles from grinding.
7. Black stuff all over your face that you don't realize is there, causing people at Walmart to look at you askance when you go for a midnight run for spray paint or drop cloths.
8. People ask "Are you limping?" And you have to say "While I hadn't really thought about it, yes I probably am," because climbing underneath a bus for hours at a time makes you sore in all kinds of strange ways.
9. Finally: holes in your clothes that line up with cuts or scars, and a closely related one: why is there blood inside my glove?

What are your favorite manifestations of "bus bod?"
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Old 04-10-2018, 01:31 PM   #2
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I have a (potentially dangerous) high threshold for pain, so for me it's usually something along these lines:

Wife - "Um, why are you covered in blood?" or "Where the hell did that bruise come from?"
Me - *Look for the blood/bruise* "Oh, Hm. I dunno. Probably doesn't need a doctor, though!"
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Old 04-10-2018, 02:52 PM   #3
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Hmm...similar to "aircraft bod"?
Skydrol is a hydraulic fluid replacement used on large aircraft. It is acid based, and more fire resistant than 5606 hydraulic fluid, manufactured by everybody's favorite company, Monsanto.
Won't dissolve your clothes like battery acid, but it does burn your skin pretty good. If you've ever done any hydraulic work, you know you are going to get it everywhere. (Hint: some skin areas are more susceptible to burning than others).

Then there is sealant. Used everywhere in pressurized aircraft. Most "environmentally kind" solvents are not real effective at removing it. Will take days to wear off of your hands. (Notice black stains on hands and fingernails above).

Minor abrasions from trying to fit your hands where they don't fit. 'Nuf said?

My personal millstone is the parallel scabs and scars on top of my head from ducking under a wing, and finding that some SO_ lowered the leading edge slats again!1523385573302.jpg
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Old 04-10-2018, 03:12 PM   #4
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Wut choo talking about Willis?
Besides black eye and shredded pants with abrasions that match the left foot big toenail has left the building and is not coming back..


No ER visits (yet)Scotch 33 stops the bleeding fairly well
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Old 04-10-2018, 07:29 PM   #5
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Wut choo talking about Willis?
Besides black eye and shredded pants with abrasions that match the left foot big toenail has left the building and is not coming back..


No ER visits (yet)Scotch 33 stops the bleeding fairly well
Dude, you looking kinda rough
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Old 04-10-2018, 08:32 PM   #6
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Lol no bus yet but finishing up a remodel on 120yr old home. I have a few t25 scars in the back my hand.
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Old 04-10-2018, 09:13 PM   #7
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I am a heavy truck mechanic and this is a daily thing for me.......
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Old 04-10-2018, 10:36 PM   #8
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I worked as an installer in a car stereo shop for a decade, so I'm used to not realizing I'm bleeding until someone else points it out. You pretty much hit em all on that first post, and I know I can relate to most. No major injuries that require medical assistance yet, but only just over a month in. I also usually wear pants every day so nobody questions the cuts all on my legs. Got a lot of those trying to work on the bus with all 24 seats pulled, but stacked up inside the bus for a couple weeks so I was working around them
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