January 29, 2007

Things that Make me Shake My Head

Iíve not been able to read blogs for about a week since the school festival. The week before, I was up late making deposits for ticket sales and it left me with limited reading time.

So I donít knowÖ butÖ am I the only one keeping up with this couple that went hiking in northern California only for the husband to get attacked by a mountain lion? The entire thing is horrific and the gentleman is evidently doing very poorly now and Iím really keeping him in my prayers.

Just a quick synopsis if you have not heard this story, but the couple, she is 65 and he 70, went hiking and a mountain lion attacked him. The wife, grabbed a log and started beating the lion, only for the husband, who remained talking to her through this entire mauling, to tell her that he had a pen in his pocket and to poke the lionís eye out. The pen bent (you know with my eye phobe I got skeeved out at this part) and so she went back to beating the lion with the log until it let go.

This entire thingÖ it just frickiní UNREAL.

And I keep picturing my folks in this situation. I canít help it. Both my folks are very good outdoors. They have both done the roughing it thing, although, other than SERE School for TGOO, my Mom has roughed it far more than TGOO, believe it or not.

But stillÖ Iím sorry, Iím having a tough time picturing my Mom picking up a frickiní log and beating a mountain lion with it.

Or TGOO telling my Mom to grab his Pentel pen (that used to be the pen of choice) out of his pocket to poke its eye out.

Or my Mom doing it.

Iím not saying she couldnít. Oh no. She could. Iím just saying Iím just blown away at the thought.

ActuallyÖ Iím telling you now, if a mountain lion had my husband by the head and he said, ĎHun! Grab the pen out of my pocket and poke its eye outĒ, I probably would have thrown up first, being the eye phobe I am, and then said, ďThatís OK! Iíll stick with the log!Ē

Good Lord. What an amazing woman. And I pray for her husband.

Posted by Boudicca at January 29, 2007 10:32 PM | TrackBack

Here's a thought experiment. Let's say a mountain lion was attacking one of your children. Don't you think you would beat the crap out of it with a log?

Posted by: Denny at January 29, 2007 11:23 PM

Denny, Bou would attack with such vengeance that lion wouldn't stand a chance in hell. She'd beat it to a pulp with her own fists.

Posted by: h~ at January 29, 2007 11:36 PM

It was an unusual happening I reckon..not common like yankees getting ate up by Florida Gators..especially in bowl games and stuff like that. I suspect that is why it made the news

Posted by: GUYK at January 30, 2007 09:07 AM

Unless the husband took a turn for the worse overnight he is doing pretty good as they had an interview with him on yesterdays news. His face is clawed up pretty bad but he was sitting up and talking.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at January 30, 2007 09:39 AM

I saw the same interview as Q.W. I was amazed at how calm and matter of fact the couple were, talking about the attack and their response.
I heard he did suffer a relapse, perhaps due to infection as the critter took off a good part of his scalp (much of his head was bandaged in the interview).
Several parks I've been in out West in the last few years have posted warnings about mountain lions, the same way they post bear precautions. But the difference is that lions may actively stalk hikers, whereas bears usually want to avoid them. (Help me out here: Didn't I read about a mountain biker being attacked in Southern California within the last 6 months?)

Posted by: George at January 30, 2007 10:35 AM

Denny- Oh I could beat the crap out of that lion with a log no matter who it was attacking. it was the poking the eye out with a pen that skeeved me out. I think I'd have jumped on that damn cat's back if it had my kids, and died trying to beat the ever living crap out of it.

QW- That interview was before. He was downgraded from fair to critical.

BTW, i think I'd carry a knife with me. Forget the pen...

George- Hmm. I don't remember. All the big fuzzy mammal attacks kind of run together to me. But I can probably recall every gator attack!

Posted by: Bou at January 30, 2007 05:17 PM