Near Miss

By: Bogon , 19:17 GMT le 29 septembre 2009

It's coming into woolly worm season here in the North Carolina mountains. I have been keeping an eye out for likely looking specimens that might consent to an interview.

Sunday I spotted one crossing the pavement. I was all set to walk over and check him out. I had my camera over my shoulder and a tape measure in my pocket. Just as I was about to go to him, two cars approached from opposite directions, a somewhat unusual occurrence on this lightly traveled country road. I stepped onto the shoulder to clear the way for the vehicle on my side, then prepared to cross to the woolly worm as soon as the other car passed. I was literally two seconds away, when the black SUV squashed the caterpillar.

I can't blame the driver, because he was exactly where he was supposed to be, dead center in the right lane. It was the woolly worm's misfortune to be in precisely the wrong place at the wrong time. You should have seen him hustling to get there.

I snapped a photo of the grisly remains for forensic purposes. Eventually I hope to submit this photo to a Higher Authority as evidence of a crime to be adjudicated and redressed. What had the innocent insect done to deserve such a cruel fate? What capricious puppeteer had contrived to entangle his fate with mine? (Hopefully not the same Higher Authority on Whom I will be relying to try the case...)

Obviously my woolly worm report must be delayed a little longer. In a few days, when I get home again, I can upload the sad image of the flattened caterpillar. Seems to me there might be some difference of opinion on this subject, so please leave a comment, either pro or con. I imagine the boys will cry, "Yeah, yeah, we wanna see!", while the girls implore, "Eww, no, please don't!", but that may just be me projecting my own fantasies and delusions. 8o]

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8. Bogon
02:50 GMT le 30 septembre 2009
Ha, WOOLLY BULLY!!!

Thanks, Blu. I also enjoyed Rush over on your blog.

Don't worry, Rainman, the WoollyRoadPizza is what I had in mind. You already ad libbed a forecast based on that, sight unseen. Sounded reasonable to me. :oD
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7. icmoore
01:32 GMT le 30 septembre 2009
LOL or um I mean Ewww no, please don't!! :)
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6. OSHNBLU
01:17 GMT le 30 septembre 2009
made me think of a song..


I vote before and after..but I have been told I am half a guy!
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5. Rainman32
00:50 GMT le 30 septembre 2009
Quoting Bogon:
Rainman, would you like to try out as a haruspex? Ordinarily I would be inclined to trust your forecast over that of a mere insect.
BWaaaaHahaHa! OK first of all of course I had to look that up. ah but now that I have been 'enlightened', well.. whatcha gonna do? push sheep and poultry into the path of oncoming cars?! I mean, have been known to perform an odd act or two in the name of weather, but really one must draw the line somewhere!

(although I have to admit that I am still looking forward to examining the WollyRoadPizza closer:)
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4. Bogon
21:21 GMT le 29 septembre 2009
ricderr, welcome to the Dry Slot.

There have probably been a few days in my life when I might have considered that option. I think I could put up a sign,

  WOOLLY WORM XING

and stand there with a flag like the safety patrol. What else have I got to do all day long?

Skye, if I can find an intact bug, I promise you will see it here.

Rainman, would you like to try out as a haruspex? Ordinarily I would be inclined to trust your forecast over that of a mere insect.
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3. Rainman32
19:32 GMT le 29 septembre 2009
Ermm smashed WoolyBugRoadPizza. I believe that means it's going to be a messy winter.
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2. Skyepony (Mod)
19:29 GMT le 29 septembre 2009
As long as you post a pic of one that isn't smashed..I wanna see their winter prediction for your area..
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1. ricderr
19:28 GMT le 29 septembre 2009
next time...throw yourself on top of the wooly worm so he has that space be at your belly button to be protected as the car thumps thumps over you..it's the only right thing to do
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