Good idea with the bandage. Kind of a reminder too, every time that you grab your helmet, you're thinking. I have a big bandaid in my wallet.
You were lucky that chunk of metal didn't hit you in the eye!
Years ago we never used eye or ear protection. My eyes have been lucky, my ears have paid the price! I'm very cautious with them today.
I have safety glasses just about everywhere that I'd ever need a pair. I've got ear plugs in my pants pocket, in the car, in the truck, in my coat pocket, the kitchen drawer, etc.
My brother and I talked about this a while back, he can hear, I can't. Different lines of work, different noises. Not sure? I figure I've had more hearing loss and damage before I was 20 or 25 years old, than I've had since.
We can start another thread, but I'll tell you when you can't hear, it's a pain in the butt!
High temperature of 89* today, back to 78* now. We're getting dry again.