In the theme of Halloween I ask - "What scares you?"
Some scary times for me had to do with snakes. When I was a kid we had a raspberry patch at the far end of the yard. On a few mornings I would wander half awake through the yard in my bare feet on a short trip to pick a few raspberries to go with my morning cereal. On a few occasions as I walked bare footed through the grass, I inadvertently startled a snake that would rapidly slither off from between my feet. At that point, I usually found that all the hair on my body came to attention, and I was hovering in the air a foot or two above the ground. Oh, and my heart rate was at the top end of the scale.
On all of these hair raising trips the snakes turned out to be garter snakes, however I knew there also were a few copperhead snakes in the area.
To this day I have never been comfortable around snakes.
Wall Mount Boat Racks
EZ Launch™ Kayak & Canoe
|Table of Contents|
|Messages in this Topic|
Low information voters.........nm|
Posted by: rWVen on Oct-31-13 9:01 AM (EST)
Right on rWVen !|
Posted by: billinpa on Oct-31-13 9:34 AM (EST)
Wise up people,where this country is headed is the most scary thing you will encounter,ever.
And The Idiots....|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Oct-31-13 9:34 AM (EST)
Ditto WW and add to that the voters|
Posted by: shirlann on Oct-31-13 7:28 PM (EST)
that fail to check into what or where individuals stand on specific issues or just vote because "cousin Harvey told me to".
Some of the lowest information voters|
Posted by: rWVen on Nov-03-13 11:18 AM (EST)
of all. How can they vote on a bill, especially an overwhelmingly large bill, without even reading it?
rVWen, makes one wonder how many|
Posted by: shirlann on Nov-24-13 8:08 PM (EST)
bills any of our reps actually read?
deep water immersion|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Oct-31-13 9:27 AM (EST)
I can snorkel but scuba over 20' would probably be too much.
Same for me|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Nov-01-13 10:01 AM (EST)
Several years ago, a friend tried to convince me to take up scuba diving. Actually, this happened twice, with two different friends. As is the case with lots of spontaneous ideas, we didn't follow through either time, but by the second time I'd been swimming laps for exercise for a while, and had come to realize that scuba would probably be a really bad idea for me. I'd found out that when exceeding my sustainable exertion level for a couple of minutes so that my stroke-limited breathing rate wasn't fast enough to get the job done, I'd get this totally irrational "gotta get out of here" way of thinking in my head. That sounds logical, because we can't get by for long when breathing too slowly, but there was more to it than that. I think the feeling was a lot like what people who have claustrophobia feel when confined in a small space. I can imagine this causing me to make bad decisions if I ran into trouble deep below the surface.
Posted by: slushpaddler on Nov-01-13 10:08 AM (EST)
My dad has the same problem with scuba|
Posted by: spadefish on Nov-27-13 1:18 PM (EST)
He got certified, but doesn't do it anymore because of the exact reasons you guys state, both the claustrophobia and the tendency to panic. I am glad he stopped, because the times I dove with him,he was extremely nervous. I don't like to dive with panicky people, especially not ones I care about. Diving is perfect for my personality, because I am not panicky at all, in fact, I have the opposite problem, I am a bit slow to react to things, which makes me not good for activities that require quick reflexes, etc. I have my rescue certification, and can say that with just about every diving emergency you can think of, things happen slowly, and the worst thing you can do is react quickly, the best thing you can do is stop, breathe, and take some time to assess the situation, which comes naturally to my personality and thinking style.
I'm With You On Snakes|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Oct-31-13 9:41 AM (EST)
I had a "Start" yesterday when I almost stepped on our Milk Snake, I thought it was a copperhead at first glance. I try to give them all their space but pit vipers in the yard receive capitol punishment.
Predators in the dark|
Posted by: somalley on Oct-31-13 10:25 AM (EST)
Instead of going to my town's over-hyped Halloween block party last weekend, I went for a night mountain bike ride. About halfway into the ride, I started thinking about how such an expedition would be a very different thing if all the apex predators in our region hadn't been killed off last century. And for the rest of the ride, the hairs on the back of my neck were standing on end as I imagined a mountain lion trailing me just beyond my small circle of light.
Fears of fear|
Posted by: Cliffjrs on Oct-31-13 10:32 AM (EST)
My fear is the husband of my ex-wife is bringing her back. The rest is just so imagined it's amusing.
Now THAT Is Funny|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Oct-31-13 6:03 PM (EST)
the MRI tube|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Oct-31-13 10:55 AM (EST)
One man's fear|
Posted by: rWVen on Oct-31-13 11:45 AM (EST)
is another man's excuse for a midday nap.
Posted by: slushpaddler on Oct-31-13 11:57 AM (EST)
Good thing I don't fear valium!
Posted by: Wayne_Smith on Nov-01-13 5:59 PM (EST)
I get in that thing for my yearly scan, and I'm asleep in minutes. Guess I've had too many of them......
Posted by: pblanc on Oct-31-13 12:25 PM (EST)
Grinding across sharp, broken concrete|
Posted by: Yanoer on Oct-31-13 12:26 PM (EST)
in a new composite boat and hearing it dig a deep gouge through the gel coat and into the fiber.
De "Gray Thing!"|
Posted by: fatelmo on Oct-31-13 1:45 PM (EST)
Put me on the list.|
Posted by: magooch on Oct-31-13 3:50 PM (EST)
Everyone with a brain should be terrified of the financial black hole that we are headed into and the chaos that will ensue when it hits the wall.
Posted by: tjalmy on Oct-31-13 9:17 PM (EST)
in a nursing home. With nothing but television for company.
Ditto on predators|
Posted by: vic on Oct-31-13 11:51 PM (EST)
I didn't have much concern about predators here in central Iowa until about two weeks ago when a farmer's trail camera caught a two or three year old male mountain lion in our neighborhood about 10 miles north of Winterset in Madison County Iowa. That's within five miles of where we live. Has us especially concerned about our horses in the pasture at night.
Posted by: Bob_d on Nov-01-13 5:13 AM (EST)
I Am a Clown, and My Worse Fear|
Posted by: canoeswithduckheads on Nov-01-13 10:59 AM (EST)
I should qualify that...|
Posted by: Bob_d on Nov-01-13 9:27 PM (EST)
Herpetologists, dressed as clowns, driving power boats.
Posted by: canoeswithduckheads on Nov-02-13 9:45 AM (EST)
...are mighty scary waters you're paddlin', Bob.
Posted by: PJC on Nov-01-13 8:07 AM (EST)
that's how I see the distinction|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Nov-01-13 8:43 AM (EST)
...where fear crosses the line from a healthy fear or wariness to something more. I think reasonable caution and "fear" is absolutely necessary for our survival. People who laugh at truly fearful situations and claim they have no fear make me wary or suspicious of them, there's nothing shameful about healthy fear.
Posted by: Chris_H on Nov-01-13 10:53 AM (EST)
The point of the opening post was not about fear. It was about what scares or startles you. Someone can come up quietly from behind you and say "BOO", and it might give you a fright, yet I doubt after the event you would be fearful of the person. Being scared, or frightened are not always a reason to fear.
Posted by: thebob.com on Nov-01-13 11:24 AM (EST)
I'm an ex caver. One of my biggest fears was being trapped in a cave by rising water. I always checked the weather forcast religiously before going caving, but weather forecasts are not 100%, and some caves flood more rapidly than others. Having experienced rising water while still a good distance from the cave's entrance reinforced that fear.
I get that|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Nov-01-13 11:42 AM (EST)
My apologies for using the term loosely.
Posted by: string on Nov-01-13 12:56 PM (EST)
Posted by: PJC on Nov-01-13 1:28 PM (EST)
I agree, but when the subject of snakes came up - well, I have known people who were genuinely and truly fearful of snakes. Any snake any time. So I thought of that...
Yea. but now he'll...|
Posted by: canoeswithduckheads on Nov-01-13 1:48 PM (EST)
Posted by: ppine on Nov-02-13 2:54 PM (EST)
Class V rapids with big keeper holes and reversals, being pinned, being wrapped, multiple sweepers blocking the whole river, vertical dams, the Urabamba River in Peru, polar bears, humped bears, black mambas, cobras, and Fleur D'Lance.
Real High Winds...|
Posted by: vk1nf on Nov-02-13 3:26 PM (EST)
...and bitterly cold water...
Most of the the|
Posted by: Boyscout on Nov-03-13 6:06 AM (EST)
Strangely many of the same things I enjoy have I do so I spite of mild fears.canoeing ,cave tours ECT. no matter how much I may enjoy doing jt. There is some part of me that is panicked. usually about the time I start to get past that little discomfort inside.something seems to happen that keeps it firmly in its small place inside.
foreign policy dictated by the DOD's |
Posted by: bigspencer on Nov-08-13 4:14 PM (EST)
lust to rule and profit simultaneously...in an age of nuclear and biological weapons.
Posted by: briansnat on Nov-09-13 8:33 AM (EST)
Being an avid backpacker, camper, paddler and fisherman it's not a good thing to be afraid of. However even the forecast of possible thunderstorms is enough to have me on edge if I'm somewhere I won't be able to get quickly to safety.
Posted by: pdawg67 on Nov-14-13 5:06 PM (EST)
1)Abandoned crab traps at low tide hidden 1 inch below water.
Posted by: ppine on Nov-15-13 1:05 PM (EST)
Fear is very important. If you don't have any, you are bound to get in serious trouble.
slushpaddler, armed with the |
Posted by: g2d on Nov-24-13 11:15 PM (EST)
Posted by: fatelmo on Nov-25-13 1:04 PM (EST)
Being stuck with limited to no movement|
Posted by: spadefish on Nov-27-13 1:08 PM (EST)
My father has pretty bad claustrophobia, he gave up scuba diving because he said having the mask on, and being unable to lift his head up out of the water, made him claustrophobic. I never had or understood that kind of claustrophobia, or even the claustrophobia of a small room. But I get a serious case of claustrophobia if I feel stuck in one position - center or window seat on an airplane, back seat of a 2-door car, or sitting three-across in the backseat of any car. A big part of it is I have restless leg syndrome, and being stuck somewhere and unable to move my legs really makes me panicky. When I hear of people stuck in the rubble of a building after an earthquake or tornado and unable to move for days, that is my idea of total hell, I don't know how I would be able to survive that without going completely out of my mind.
Posted by: wavespinner on Nov-27-13 1:16 PM (EST)
political Spin accepted by media as |
Posted by: bigspencer on Nov-28-13 9:30 PM (EST)