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Thursday, May 11, 2006

For the Curious

Okay, here's the new haircut. Not a great picture, but it's kinda hard taking a quality picture of yourself.

In events that are totally unrelated to my hair, there was a story in the paper this morning about a woman who was jogging and was apparently attacked by an alligator! Police and wildlife specialists don't seem to know many details, but what they do know is that she was last seen jogging on Tuesday night, and that they pulled the remains of her body out of a canal yesterday (Wednesday) and she still had her running shoes, sports bra, and shorts on. But the reports say that her death seems to be the result of a gator attack, and this kinda freaks me out.

She was running around 7 pm on a sidewalk along a canal, and whether the gator attacked her on ground or whether she was standing closer to the water's edge at some point is unclear, but it's a little worrisome. I don't usually go near the water's edge, even though there's a canal twenty feet out my back door, but it does seem eerie to have a jogger claimed.

Wildlife officials have been quick to remind the news that gator attacks are very rare, but we are currently experiencing a drought (hasn't rained in forever and everything is dry and crispy), and the Everglades are very dry, so I guess gators are swimming into the canals, which are much closer to civilization. Plus, they're looking for food, and this woman must've either been standing close to the water at some point (summer time + dusk + hungry gator = gator attack) or she was feeding it (seems a little contrived).

Anyway, I just got a new haircut and I don't need that ruined by having an alligator chew off my leg, so I guess I'll steer clear of the canals. Why is it always joggers who meet such violent ends? (When I was in middle school in Colorado, there was an issue with the Mountain Lion population for awhile, and I remember when a puma nabbed a jogger then. It's turning out to be a dangerous sport.)

8 comments:

Erin said...

I love it! Very cute.

As for the jogger....just bring Scooter along, he is better gator bait and can be the distraction while you get away. Just kidding! Was that the lady they found over by Markham Park? That's expected, it is like 10 ft from the Glades. Stay on the sidewalk or road and you will be fine.

pinaypower said...

cute. cute. totally cute!

runnergirl said...

I love the cut. Very Cute.

Thanks for stopping aby my blog.

mouse said...

super cute haircut, Jess. you're a pro at the "taking pictures of yourself" thing too, you look great!

Haight said...

Dig the 'do....

And I totally agree with your comments on a.marias's blog

Liz said...

I love the hair cut!!!

a.maria said...

yessssss. another blogger posts the hair cut! i'm seeing a trend, and i'm diggin it. cute do'!

as for the nabbed jogger.. i...

yeah no. i have no words. thats just messed up!

Joyce said...

i love the cut! it really suits you :)