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02/07/2005: Sea World and Selachophobia

Since Greymatter ATE our archives...my Phobia piece got Eaten too. But I have this Selachophobia Update:

Charlie is currently at the ASHRAE (Association of Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers) Convention in Orlando, Florida...Home of Sea World. Tonight is their big Dinner extravaganza thing, hosted at none other than the Shark Tank Dining Room at, you guessed it: Sea World.

One of the Delta folks (according to his soon to be eulogy) is a skilled diver. Tonight the Sea World people are going to lower him into the Shark Cage, into the tank...and he gets to hand feed (or feed his hand to) the Sharks.

Yippes!! I'd have to have blinders on like poor 'old Nellie the Nag, to even get inside the room. (Plus it would be awful difficult to eat my dinner without being able to see my plate.)

Now, what is odd about my Selachophobia is that I'm not fearful of anything else that swims in the sea...whales, stringrays, fish, dolphins...anything that is not-a-shark is OK. And I don't care about spiders, snakes, insects, rodents, etc.. Nor lions or tigers or bears...oh-my...neither.

My own pet theory about this is (if I believed in reincarnation) that I must have been some sea-creature that got EATEN by a shark in a past life OR I'm going to get EATEN in the future...so I'm worried about it NOW. Psychic memories die hard!

I did google "selachophobia" and found tons of listings...but --since I'm a chicken-- how many of them don't put up pictures of sharks? You'd think that for people *AFRAID* of sharks they'd get NOT to include pictures...but....

Well, Charlie's afraid of heights (but often has to go to skyscraper rooftops to inspect cooling equipment); Lauren's afraid of spiders and bugs (very common around here); Lindsey used to be afraid of dogs and cats...more when she was much younger.

So, I guess, given all the things I could be afraid of... I ought to be glad my phobia is not as likely to turn up very frequently here in the fresh-water areas of the Great Lakes or in Dennis Hastert Corner. But you just won't find me having dinner in the Sea World Shark Dining Room...thank you very much.

Karen on 02.07.05 @ 05:54 PM CST

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on Monday, February 7th, 2005 at 6:33 PM CST, Len Cleavelin said

The archives weren't eaten. I have them, and we'll figure out how to link up to them so your words of wisdom won't be lost to the world forever....

on Tuesday, February 8th, 2005 at 4:23 AM CST, Karen McLauchlan said

Oh...really (techno-weenie that I AM) besides it spoils my "vicious attack internet(s) rant an rave. LOL That IS good news. Hip-Hip-Hooray!

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