I knew a guy who tried to cut his finger off, once, so maybe I’m a little touchy :-)

The detail that seemed so Dave-like was “I thought about cauterizing it with the oxyacetylene torch, but that seemed like overkill.”

It says you’re crazy, beyond the normal range in compassion, and a terrific writer. Pretty much all good, I think :-) Though I did think that the Dave I know would probably have experimented first with whether a shrew *could* eat frozen venison.