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When I have CNN on, and hear the word "shark" I run to the TV. I'm always expecting to see someone that's half eaten, or at least missing a knee cap.

But the story yesterday was six dudes in Florida that got an 800-pound mako.

When I was in radio, my morning show partner and I did these things on Friday where we called ourselves Rick & Dick Danger, the danger rangers. We'd do some crazy stunt (and we always argued which one was "Dick"). One Friday, it was swimming with sharks. I wasn't worried, because a cage was involved. I was less worried, when told I couldn't do it, because I wasn't scuba certified.

My friends know of my fear of sharks. It started when I was a kid that saw Jaws in the theatres. I had to put my feet up, thinking a shark would be on the floor of the theatre, swimming by the caked Junior Mints on the floor. That's how scarey that flick was. In fact, when AFI did a list of worst movie villians, it listed the Great White from Jaws.

When my older brother was teaching me to surf, he laughed at me swimming into shore when I saw a dorsel fin. It ended up being a few dolphins. And, a few days later, a show came on saying how dolphins were smart animals, and the most like humans. He was making fun of me in front of my parents and other siblings, and I said, "Hey...if they are like other humans, well...there was a kid named Terry Snabia in 5th grade that took my lunch money. He would also give Indian burns. So, what if there's a dolphin like that bully? And he wants to bite off body parts that are dangling over the surfboard (use your imagination). I don't need to meet up with the dolphin that's the anti-Flipper."

I relegate my swimming now to my pool. But when it's night, and I don't have the lights on, I can't say the thought of a shark attack in my own backyard doesn't enter my mind.

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Sometimes sharks fall in pools after being transported by hurricanes so theres still a risk. I loved jaws the first time round but multiple viewing makes it boring. Sharks are no scarier than aggressive huskies. A giant spider would be terrifying though. I'd have a heart attack on the spot!

Oct. 16, 2007

Thankfully, there hasn't been a hurricane in San Diego in awhile.

I've seen Jaws on cable multiple times, and have never been bored. Robert Shaw actually wrote that scene, where they compare injuries, and he talks about the USS Anapolis, and that shark attack during the war (which is a true story). It still freaks me out.

The guy who did that oboe solo died last year. There was an interesting obituary about him (no, not from a shark attack). He was a music teacher at UCLA and had done hundreds of movies. The only time he was ever late to a recording session for a film, was Jaws. There was rain and bad traffic in L.A. and the first thing he sees, is that he starts the music off and has a "solo". He was shocked. He was even more shocked at how popular the music for Jaws became.

Oct. 16, 2007

Wasn't it the USS Indianapolis? Where they was a sub crew in the ocean after they were hit by depth charges and most were then killed by shark attacks? I also remember Terry Sanabia. He never took my lunch money though....I wonder where he is now....hmmmmm.......

Oct. 17, 2007

Yeah, you're right. USS Indianapolis. How do you know Terry Sanabia? Did you go to school in Mira Mesa? Anyway, what makes those shark attacks so bad, was that it happened over a period of days. Not just all at once. So, the guys would be floating around, with sunburns, waiting to be rescued, and a shark would start attacking someone. And, when they were finally being rescued by helicopters, some were being attacked right before they were to be helped out of the water. Or, the rescuers would grab a guy, pull him up, and see the lower half of him was already gone. Stupid sharks.

Oct. 17, 2007

Yeah, you didn't recognize the username since I had to register in order to comment on your Daily Blog.....I'm your favorite reader in Brussels, Belgium.....About Terry, it's weird when you mention a "blast from the past" and all of a sudden, I see their face....scary.....and I saw the USS Indianapolis story on Discovery Channel...now THAT must have been scary...can you imagine the mind games being played from the heat, humidity, solitude, and then sharks?!?! No thanks....the survivors should get medals...

Oct. 17, 2007

I remember hearing that some people started hallucinating, too, about seeing sharks that weren't really there. Insane. Speaking of which, I was just as scared of Terry. I'm not sure why. I was tall, he was short. In high school, when everyone went to UTC to play broomball at midnight on the ice, I never went, but all my friends did. They told me he was a bully there, too. Enjoy the vegemite sandwiches!!!

Oct. 17, 2007

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