Thursday, March 13, 2008

Irrational fears

I'm incredibly afraid of swimming in a body of water of which I cannot see the bottom. It's incredibly ironic considering I do it at least once a day (or night) in the summers in TN. I think that I'm mostly afraid of anything biting me or touching my feet in general. I picture animals such as crawdads, really big carp, snapping turtles, alligators and sometimes squid reaching out to grab my ever-so-delicious-looking appendages. I'm also pretty sure that a monster similar to that of Loch Ness surely lives in the Res, it's just that no one's ever sited it yet.

One of these days, when I go lap swimming alone in the Res or Lake Dimmick and I don't come back, you'll know that I didn't drown; I'm a distance freestyler for Christ's sake. Some giant monster came and devoured me. At least I don't let it get to me too much. Although I do tread water horizontally, which my friends probably find a bit odd.

4 comments:

Tim said...

Actually, I managed to get a photograph of the Giant Squid that resides in the St. Andy's res. Unfortunately, it was black and white and quite grainy, and I lost the data in a blogging accident anyway, so alas, no evidence of it remains, other than my testimony of it (I was kinda drunk when I saw it, too).

Regina said...

I have the same damn fear. I gave it to you. You can thank me as you're being devoured by an imaginary alligator. I actually panicked one day when I saw a turtle. I swam like an idiot for about 10 yards, and got exhausted.

Rachel said...

I've seen some big-ass snapping turtles in the res and cheston. One in Cheston I swear was about two feet long and the one in the Res was maybe a foot and a half. but water does tend to magnify...

I saw the one in the res while standing on the submberged rocks. it came out from under or beside. since then I've always swum over them quickly to get my toes (and, fuck, my feet too) to safety.

carl badgley said...

perhaps this goes much deeper in the human psyche. it would explain all those japanese anime heralding girls fighting off a multitude of tentacled thingamabobs.