Today was my worst fumble so far. My bees are in a small bee shed. I had a frame of brood and bees leaned against the side of the shed on top of the hive. Somehow the thing pivoted and fell on the ground 2 feet below and landed on the smoker. I had another frame in my hands, so by the time I picked them up there was a smoked sized hole melted in the brood. I was in my shorts and t-shirt, no veil. I was certain that I would pay for my clumsiness with a whole bunch of stings, but alas, not one. Not even after I stepped on a small ball of bees on the ground. I always thought that I got away with no protection on account of my slow and careful inspections. Today proved that perhaps it's more the fool tolerant bees I have.