Today's topic is top ten things that scare me.
Chainsaws: In college I worked at a meat packing plant in Plainview, Tx. working the graveyard shift. I made a round through the plant once an hour, it took about ten minutes, the rest of the time I spent in a guard shack and could study. I was the only one there.
Wife and I went to see Disney's Bambi at the only theater in town. It was packed with kids. The previews came on and they ran the teaser for the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. That night I had to walk past meat hooks and large grinding machines. There were all kinds of machines that made crashing noises and of course the hogs that would be butchered in the morning and all their noises. What scared me the most, was the fact that I was living in Texas. I've had to use chainsaws, even own one, but every time I look at it it reminds me of a movie I've never even seen.
Insects. I came across this series of books by John Koloen and read the first one. Large cockroaches that crawl down your throat and up your anus to eat you from the inside. Did not read the sequels.
Monster fish: Watched an episode of River Monsters. Jeremy Wade was trying to find the largest catfish in the Amazon. He heard about a man brought in half in and half out of one of the monsters. The local doctor told him there was another fish much worse. It was a fish with a round mouth about an inch to two inches long. He autopsied a man who looked like he had a gunshot wound in his chest, but when he opened him up he found the inside of his body empty. One of this fish bit through his chest and then many of his friends joined in through the opening and cleaned him out. I've thought about what would happen in the Southern United States if that fish was set loose.
Mountain Lions: I was working construction on the East side of Sandia Mountain way back in the day. We were installing a septic tank. My buddy with the backhoe had dug the leach field and dropped in the gravel. He went to get more gravel and I was raking what he'd dropped in the trench. I looked up and spotted a large dog walking about four hundred yards from me. I thought it was a Great Dane, but it was walking way too smooth for a dog. It dawned on me it was a mountain lion. It kept going on and I stayed still and hunkered down in the trench until he was out of sight. I never want to be that close to one again unless its at the zoo.
Eighteen Wheelers. Nearly had a head on collision with a semi doing 80 mph once. Topped a hill on a two lane road, and there the monster was trying to pass a slower car. I went into the ditch and got stuck in the mud. Shook for ten minutes before trying to figure out how to get back on the road. For some reason if I'm on the freeway and there's one on the right and another on the left, I always have to pass them at the same time. When it's windy that can be scary as they are swaying back and forth.
Donald Trump: The ultimate nightmare is he gets re-elected. If he loses, the real horror will be the time after the election and he leaves office. A madman with nothing to lose with the nuclear codes.