“Interesting fact: a shark will only attack you if you’re wet.”

Today is sunny with a bit of a breeze but still humid. I’m thinking maybe a bit of deck time and an outside shower later. I slept late, until ten, as I just couldn’t fall asleep last night. I was awake until 4:30. Both the cat and the dog were asleep on my bed. I could hear their deep breathing. I was jealous.

While my mother was in labor waiting for me to be born, my father went back and forth from the hospital to my grandparent’s house, my mother’s family, in the same town as the hospital. My aunt was angry as she was getting married in the morning and the constant visits were keeping her awake. She asked him not to come back. He ignored her. He was in the waiting room when the nurse came in asking for Mr. Ryan. He was the only one there so he told her, in a testy voice, of course he was Mr. Ryan. She announced my birth, and he ran into the hall and saw my mother just minutes after she had given birth. My mother told him it was a girl. She had known in her heart all along and so everything she had bought was pink and girly. My father drove to my grandparent’s to tell them. My aunt was not happy. My mother told me she wore her wedding corsage pinned to her hospital clothes.

SyFy is filled with sharks, bad movies about sharks, but I don’t care. I’m watching for the fun of it. I’d much rather encounter TV sharks than the Great Whites now close to the Cape’s beaches. They are feasting on seals, but the headline in the paper the other day was, “Shark Bites Man.” They are not sure if it was a Great White or a thresher shark. They are leaning toward the latter based on the puncture wounds on the man’s upper torso and leg. The man was swimming near seals. The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy thought this was a case of mistaken identity. Sharks don’t usually eat humans. They often test the waters with their teeth to tell if what they’re about to eat is prey or something to avoid. I’m guessing the man probably gave the shark heartburn as it left him for a tastier dinner.

Later there was a video taken by a woman on the beach. It was a shark attacking a seal. People on the beach kept yelling, “Shark! Shark!” as if they were extras in Jaws.

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16 Comments on ““Interesting fact: a shark will only attack you if you’re wet.””

  1. im6 Says:

    • katry Says:

      The Little Buddy gave me a chuckle. The exuberance is overwhelming!! Many thanks for finding the unique greetings!!

  2. Hedley Says:


  3. Hedley Says:

    And it wouldn’t be your birthday if we didn’t all cheer and yell HALLELUJAH

  4. Birgit Says:

    Happy Birthday, dear Kat!
    Sending best wishes, hopes for global peace and shark-free bathtubs, and a men’s choir:

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Birgit

      I loved the men’s choir and the happy birthday song in German!
      The bathtubs is the only safe spot around-no great whites!

  5. Bob Says:

    Happy Birthday to you Kat. 🙂

  6. olof1 Says:

    Well it has passed midnight where You live so I’m a bit late in wishing You a Happy Birthday but then again I was in time on Fb 🙂 🙂

    I’m looking forward to the new shark movie, The Meg. I’ve seen some trailers from it and it looks as if they’ve made it big as a Blue whale 🙂 🙂

    I wish we had Syfy channel over here but they didn’t think the Nordic market was profitable enough so they shut it down here. We can of course stream their programs on the computer but then I would need to upgrade my subscription and to be honest I don’t watch tv that much. Still we do get some of their shows on tv six here so I can always hope they’ll have a shark week here too 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Thanks for the birthday wishes. I did read your F wishes so you were indeed on time.

      I watched Santa Jaws this morning. It was just about the worst shark movie ever. The fin had a Santa hat on it.

      It was shark week this week and will be again next week with the end on Saturday night with the next and the last Sharknado.

      Enjoy your Saturday!!

  7. Caryn Says:

    Happy Birthday, Kat!
    Belated. Well, interrupted, actually. I started to post yesterday and got interrupted by the thunder. I shut down everything because the laptop was making weird flashes.

    I hope your birthday was excellent and not interrupted by thunder or anything else unpleasant.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      We had no thunder yesterday. The rain likes to skip us or drop in for only a few minutes. Henry always barks.

      I had a great birthday which culminated in the Sox winning.

      Have a great day!

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